Friday, 23 July 2010

Archbishop Desmond Tutu: In His Own Words

In his four decades at the forefront of public life, South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu has been forthright in his views on the situation at home and abroad.
Here is a selection of his memorable quotes on a variety of topics:

Resentment and anger are bad for your blood pressure and your digestion - January 2000

Perpetrators don't have horns, don't have tails, they are as ordinary looking as you and I. The people who supported Hitler were not demons, they were often very respectable people - February 2006

Homosexuality and the Church
If God, as they say, is homophobic, I wouldn't worship that God - November 2007

The Nobel Peace Prize
A kid asked me a few years ago, "What do you do to get the prize?"
I said, "It's very easy, you just need three things - you must have an easy name, like Tutu for example, you must have a large nose and you must have sexy legs." - July 2009

One time I was in San Francisco when a lady rushed up, very warmly greeted me, and said, "Hello Archbishop Mandela." Sort of getting two for the price of one - March 2004

BBC Website: 22 July 2010 Last updated at 15:54 ET

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