Desmond Tutu: 5 pieces of advice to live by

Desmond Tutu: 5 pieces of advice to live by

- Desmond Tutu is one of the most recognised names and faces in South Africa, and around the world

- He was the winner of a Nobel Prize, and will always be remembered for his fight against the apartheid regime

- People pay attention when this wise man speaks

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The only boy in a family of four children, Desmond Tutu grew up as a thorn among the roses. Son to a teacher and domestic worker, this young man grew up in the townships around Klerksdorp and Roodepoort. His business acumen was always sharp, and as a youngster, he made a living selling oranges and peanuts on the side of the railway. This was before signing up as a gold caddie.

In high school, Desmond trained as a server under Father Huddlestone’s church in Munsiville and also trained other servers. While he was accepted as a medical student to Wits medical school, this path was not an option as he has not received a bursary and so he chose to follow in his father’s footstep and become a teacher.

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Desmond Tutu’s words of inspiration

Desmond Tutu’s life and journey can never be described as easy. He faced struggle and opposition, bit through it all retained his dignity and morals. His values and beliefs shine through time and time again in the things he says and does.

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1. “Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good together that overwhelm the world.”

2. “Without forgiveness, there is no future”

3. “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.”

4. “Don’t raise your voice, improve your argument”

5. “We were made to enjoy music, to enjoy beautiful sunsets, to enjoy looking at the billows of the sea and to be thrilled with a rose that is bedecked with dew… Human beings are actually created for the transcendent, for the sublime, for the beautiful, for the truthful... and all of us are given the task of trying to make this world a little more hospitable to these beautiful things.”

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