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Desmond Tutu Quotes and Sayings
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We must be ready to learn from one another,
not claiming that we alone possess all truth
and that somehow we have a corner on God.
- Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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You don't choose your family.
They are God's gift to you, as you are to them.
- Desmond Tutu

When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land.
They said "Let us pray." We closed our eyes.
When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land.
- Desmond Tutu

If you are neutral in situations of injustice,
you have chosen the side of the oppressor.
If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse
and you say that you are neutral,
the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.
- Desmond Tutu

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In the land of my birth I cannot vote,
whereas a young person of eighteen can vote.
And why? Because he or she possesses that wonderful biological attribute -
a white skin.
- Desmond Tutu

A person is a person because he recognizes others as persons.
- Desmond Tutu

We may be surprised at the people we find in heaven.
God has a soft spot for sinners.
His standards are quite low.
- Desmond Tutu


 

Children are a wonderful gift.
They have an extraordinary capacity to see into the
heart of things and to expose sham and humbug for what they are.
- Desmond Tutu

We would like to see you departing peacefully.
- Desmond Tutu

For goodness sake, will they hear, will white people
hear what we are trying to say? Please,
all we are asking you to do is to recognize that we are humans,
too.
- Desmond Tutu

What is black empowerment when it seems to benefit
not the vast majority but an elite that tends to be recycled?
- Desmond Tutu

My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.
- Desmond Tutu

Be nice to the whites, they need you to rediscover their humanity.
- Desmond Tutu

I am a leader by default, only because nature does not allow a vacuum.
- Desmond Tutu

When a pile of cups is tottering on the edge of the
table and you warn that they will crash to the ground,
in South Africa you are blamed when that happens.
- Desmond Tutu

I am not interested in picking up crumbs of compassion
thrown from the table of someone who considers himself my master.
I want the full menu of rights.
- Desmond Tutu

Do your little bit of good where you are;
its those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.
- Desmond Tutu

You must show the world that you abhor fighting.
- Desmond Tutu

Those who invest in South Africa should not think they are doing us a favor;
they are here for what they get out of our cheap and abundant labor,
and they should know that they are buttressing one
of the most vicious systems.
- Desmond Tutu

Niger is not an isolated island of desperation.
It lies within a sea of problems across Africa -
particularly the 'forgotten emergencies' in poor countries
or regions with little strategic or material appeal.
- Desmond Tutu

I am ready and willing to seize the opportunities life offers.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When life is too easy for us, we must beware
or we may not be ready to meet the blows
which sooner or later come to everyone, rich or poor.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.
- Buddhist Proverb

If we will be quiet and ready enough,
we shall find compensation in every disappointment.
- Henry David Thoreau

The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready
for his opportunity when it comes.
- Benjamin Disraeli

The man who goes alone can start today;
but he who travels with another
must wait till that other is ready.
- Henry David Thoreau

When I am getting ready to reason with a man,
I spend one-third of my time thinking about myself
and what I am going to say
and two-thirds about him and what he is going to say.
- Abraham Lincoln

I have ready access to a power beyond my wildest imagination.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We never see what we are not ready to see.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It's one of life's great paradoxes ...
Accepting with gratitude whatever life throws at us
is critical to happiness.
Yet without a goal and commitment, life lose much of its value.
The best we can do in the face of this paradox
is to play to win, but be cheerful in defeat
and ready to play again.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People - not just in their teenage years -
hold on to this fantasy of love when they're not ready
to have a real relationship.
- Keri Russell

Happiness is not something ready made.
It comes from your own actions.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

If we wish to make a new world we have the material ready.
The first one, too, was made out of chaos.
- Robert Quillen

I've given it my all.
I've done my best.
Now, I'm ready with my family to begin the next phase of our lives.
- Richard M. Daley

One secret of success in life is for a man to be ready
for his opportunity when it comes.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Marriage is a great institution, but I'm not ready for an institution.
- Mae West

I quit high school on my birthday.
It was my senior year and I didn't see the point.
This was 1962, and I was ready to make music.
- Barry White

When I'm ready, I plan to adopt.
I still believe in family.
- LaToya Jackson

I think if you exercise, your state of mind -
my state of mind -
is usually more at ease,
ready for more mental challenges.
Once I get the physical stuff out of the way it always
seems like I have more calmness and better self-esteem.
- Stone Gossard

We are always getting ready to live but never living.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Loving is doing anything for them, thinking about them
constantly and being able to spend your whole life with that person.
Liking somebody is just like, 'Okay,
I like them because of this,
this and this, but I don't knkow if I am ready to be in love with them'.
- Chris Brown

This industry has been really good to me.
It's been a great life.
I'm not through yet.
I'm ready when you are, Mr. DeMille.
- Anthony Hopkins

One month, two months, I am ready to accept any accord
on this point that has the approval of the inspectors.
- Jacques Chirac

Then you get to be involved with all the people,
meet all the beautiful girls, get all the good food,
get ready and locked in before all the crowds hit.
- Paul Kantner

I miss England.
I miss the weather.
I've spent moss of the last 25 years on tour.
I'm ready to come home.
- Sting

We are all very ready to believe what we like.
- Samuel Richardson

People on the streets are ready for hockey.
- Eric Lindros

We are ready to end fascism once and for all,
even in spite of the Republican government.
- Buenaventura Durruti

I have two ideas for novels at the moment,
neither of them all that conventional,
but I'm not ready to choose between them yet,
let alone settle down to the process of writing.
- Jonathan Coe

We need to get ready for a world where terrorism will not ever fully go away.
- Major Owens

Someday perhaps change will occur when times are ready
for it instead of always when it is too late.
Someday change will be accepted as life itself.
- Shirley MacLaine

You get recessions, you have stock market declines.
If you don't understand that's going to happen,
then you're not ready, you won't do well in the markets.
- Peter Lynch

I only really cast people who are desperate to be in it -
who were dying to be in it,
whose talent I believed in and were dead ready to do
the work that was necessary.
- Kenneth Branagh

The inevitable has always found me ready and hopeful.
- Amelia Barr

A lot of people are tired around here,
but I'm not sure they're ready to lie down,
stretch out and fall asleep.
- Jim Jones

This nation is really ready for a woman president.
It's taken time, but we're ready.
- Ellen Malcolm

And were an epitaph to be my story I'd have a short one ready for my own.
I would have written of me on my stone:
I had a lover's quarrel with the world.
- Robert Frost

If something is said about the Raiders,
I'm ready to go to war.
- Jim Otto

We can only win by giving everything and being ready
to defeat the adversary with fiery aggression.
- Jurgen Klinsmann

For some reason in Spring Training, everything just clicked.
You don't try to do anything in Spring Training but get ready,
but things fell into place.
- Bobby Bonilla

Be ready for when your time comes, you will have that window of opportunity,
so seize the moment and capitalise on it.
- Anthony Anderson

But a true diva has dismissed that drama.
A true diva's heart is open, and she's ready to play by her own rules -
rules that are gentle and kind.
- Jenifer Lewis

I don't know if everybody is ready to hear a woman
tell them so-and-so is going to run off left tackle.
But you know what? They're going to hear it.
- Lesley Visser

People can only do what they are ready to do when they are ready to do it.
- Judith Light

We're getting ready to take over the world.
My group of girlfriends - we're renegades.
- Lisa Bonet

If the white man gives you anything -
just remember when he gets ready he will take it right back.
We have to take for ourselves.
- Fannie Lou Hamer

The next time you see an outside day with a down close
lower than the previous day,
don't get scared, get ready to buy!
- Larry Williams

Sometimes oppurtunities float right past your nose.
Work hard, apply yourself, and be ready.
When an opportunity comes you can grab it.
- Julie Andrews

I am not yet ready to be Tsar.
I know nothing of the business of ruling.
- Nicholas II

When a young artist is ready, one has to bring him into the limelight.
- Placido Domingo

We have to live today by what truth we can get today
and be ready tomorrow to call it falsehood.
- William James


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