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100 Albert Schweitzer Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

Albert Schweitzer Sayings: No one may shut his eyes to think the pain, which is therefore not visible No one may shut his eyes to think the pain, which is therefore not visible to him, is non-existent.
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Albert Schweitzer Sayings: I do not believe that we can put into anyone ideas which are not in I do not believe that we can put into anyone ideas which are not in him
already. As a rule there is in everyone all sorts of good ideas, ready
like tinder. But much of this tinder catches fire, or catches it
successfully, only when it meets some flame or spark from the outside,
from some other person. Often, too, our own light goes out, and is
rekindled by some experience we go through with a fellow man. Thus we
have each of us cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have
lighted the flame within us. If we had before us those who have thus
been a blessing to us, and could tell them how it came about, they would
be amazed to learn what passed over from their life to ours.
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Albert Schweitzer Sayings: Grow into your ideals so that life cannot rob you of them. Grow into your ideals so that life cannot rob you of them.
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Albert Schweitzer Sayings: We must all die. But that I can save him from days of torture, that We must all die. But that I can save him from days of torture, that is what I feel as my great and ever new privilege. Pain is a more terrible lord of mankind than even death itself.
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Albert Schweitzer Sayings: We are gripped by God's will of love, and must help carry out that will We are gripped by God's will of love, and must help carry out that will in this world, in small things as in great things, in saving as in pardoning. To be glad instruments of God's love in this imperfect world is the service to which we are called.
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Albert Schweitzer Sayings: Creative energy is the essence of all healing ... We physicians do nothing, we only Creative energy is the essence of all healing ... We physicians do nothing, we only help and encourage the physician within.
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Albert Schweitzer Sayings: By respect for life we become religious in a way that is elementary, profound and By respect for life we become religious in a way that is elementary, profound and alive.
Impart as much as you can of your spiritual being to those who are on the road with you, and accept as something precious what comes back to you from them.
In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.
- Albert Schweitzer
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Albert Schweitzer Sayings: In case my life should end with the cannibals, I hope they will write on In case my life should end with the cannibals, I hope they will write on my tombstone, 'We have eaten Dr. Schweitzer. He was good to the end.'
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Albert Schweitzer Sayings: Within every patient there resides a doctor, and we as physicians are at our best Within every patient there resides a doctor, and we as physicians are at our best when we we put our patients in touch with the doctor inside themselves.
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Albert Schweitzer Sayings: But merely accepting authoritarian truth, even if that truth has some virtue, does not bring But merely accepting authoritarian truth, even if that truth has some virtue, does not bring skepticism to an end. To blindly accept a truth one has never reflected upon retards the advance of reason. Our world rots in deceit ... Just as a tree bears the same fruit year after year and at the same time fruit that is new each year, so must all permanently valuable ideas be continually created anew in thought. But our age pretends to make a sterile tree bear fruit by tying fruits of truth onto its branches.
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Albert Schweitzer Sayings: An idea is, in the end, always stronger than circumstances. An idea is, in the end, always stronger than circumstances.
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Albert Schweitzer Sayings: The only ones who will find real happiness are those who find a way to The only ones who will find real happiness are those who find a way to serve
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Albert Schweitzer Sayings: To the man who is truly ethical all life is sacred, including that which from To the man who is truly ethical all life is sacred, including that which from the human point of view seems lower in the scale. He makes distinctions only as each case comes before him, and under the pressure of necessity, as, for example, when it falls to him to decide which of two lives he must sacrifice in order to preserve the other. But all through this series of decisions he is conscious of acting on subjective grounds and arbitrarily, and knows that he bears the responsibility for the life which is sacrificed.
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Albert Schweitzer Sayings: Man is a clever animal who behaves like an imbecile. Man is a clever animal who behaves like an imbecile.
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Albert Schweitzer Sayings: Passes he stands for a moment close to us, as though illumined by a flash Passes he stands for a moment close to us, as though illumined by a flash of lightning. Then we see him as he really is. After
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Albert Schweitzer Sayings: The mistake made by all previous systems of ethics has been the failure to recognize The mistake made by all previous systems of ethics has been the failure to recognize that life as such is the mysterious value with which they have to deal. All spiritual life meets us within natural life. Reverence for life, therefore, is applied to natural life and spiritual life alike. In the parable of Jesus, the shepherd saves not merely the soul of the lost sheep but the whole animal. The stronger the reverence for natural life, the stronger grows also that for spiritual life.
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Albert Schweitzer Sayings: If you truly desire happiness, seek and learn how to serve. If you truly desire happiness, seek and learn how to serve.
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Albert Schweitzer Sayings: But you must do something more. Seek always to do some good, somewhere But you must do something more. Seek always to do some good, somewhere
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Albert Schweitzer Sayings: Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.
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Albert Schweitzer Sayings: The fundamental rights of [humanity] are, first: the right of habitation; second, the right to The fundamental rights of [humanity] are, first: the right of habitation; second, the right to move freely; third, the right to the soil and subsoil, and to the use of it; fourth, the right of freedom of labor and of exchange; fifth, the right to justice; sixth, the right to live within a natural national organization; and seventh, the right to education.
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Albert Schweitzer Sayings: Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing. Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
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Albert Schweitzer Sayings: It is not enough merely to exist. It's not enough to say, "I'm earning enough It is not enough merely to exist. It's not enough to say, "I'm earning enough to support my family. I do my work well. I'm a good father, husband, churchgoer." That's all very well. But you must do something more. Seek always to do some good, somewhere. Every man has to seek in his own way to realize his true worth. You must give some time to your fellow man. Even if it's a little thing, do something for those who need help, something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it. For remember, you don't live in a world all your own. Your brothers are here too.
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Albert Schweitzer Sayings: We cannot understand what happens in the universe. What is glorious in it is united We cannot understand what happens in the universe. What is glorious in it is united with what is full of horror. What is full of meaning is united to what is senseless. The spirit of the universe is at once creative and destructive - it creates while it destroys and destroys while it creates, and therefore it remains to us a riddle. And we must inevitably resign ourselves to this.
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Albert Schweitzer Sayings: Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.
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Albert Schweitzer Sayings: The highest knowledge is to know that we are surrounded by mystery. The highest knowledge is to know that we are surrounded by mystery.
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Albert Schweitzer Sayings: Nature compels us to recognize the fact of mutual dependence, each life necessarily helping the Nature compels us to recognize the fact of mutual dependence, each life necessarily helping the other lives who are linked to it. In the very fibers of our being, we bear within ourselves the fact of the solidarity of life.
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Albert Schweitzer Sayings: Man has become a superman ... because he not only disposes oinnate, physical forces, but Man has become a superman ... because he not only disposes oinnate, physical forces, but because he is in command ... olatent forces in nature and because he can put them to his service ... But the essential fact we must surely all feel in our hearts ... is that we are becoming inhuman in proportion as we become supermen.
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Albert Schweitzer Sayings: There is nothing more negative than the result of the critical study of the life There is nothing more negative than the result of the critical study of the life of Jesus. The Jesus of Nazareth who came forward publicly as the Messiah, who preached the Kingdom of God, who founded the Kingdom of Heaven upon earth, and died to give his work its final consecration, never had any existence. He is a figure designed by rationalism, endowed with life by liberalism, and clothed by modern theology in an historical garb.
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Albert Schweitzer Sayings: Everything deep is also simple and can be reproduced simply as long as its reference Everything deep is also simple and can be reproduced simply as long as its reference to the whole truth is maintained. But what matters is not what is witty but what is true.
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Albert Schweitzer Sayings: Bach is thus a terminal point. Nothing comes from him; everything merely leads to him. Bach is thus a terminal point. Nothing comes from him; everything merely leads to him.
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Albert Schweitzer Sayings: If you study life deeply, its profundity will seize you suddenly with dizziness. If you study life deeply, its profundity will seize you suddenly with dizziness.
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Albert Schweitzer Sayings: Because I have confidence in the power of truth and in the spirit, I believe Because I have confidence in the power of truth and in the spirit, I believe in the future of mankind. Affirmation of the world and of life contains within itself an optimistic willing and hoping which can never be lost. It is, therefore, never afraid to face the dismal reality and to see it as it really is.
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Albert Schweitzer Sayings: Renunciation of thinking is a declaration of spiritual bankruptcy. Renunciation of thinking is a declaration of spiritual bankruptcy.
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Albert Schweitzer Sayings: Man can no longer live for himself alone. We must realize that all life is Man can no longer live for himself alone. We must realize that all life is valuable and that we are united to all life. From this knowledge comes our spiritual relationship with the universe.
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Albert Schweitzer Sayings: The ethics of reverence for life makes no distinction between higher and lower, more precious The ethics of reverence for life makes no distinction between higher and lower, more precious and less precious lives. It has good reasons for this omission. For what are we doing, when we establish hard and fast gradations in value between living organisms, but judging them in relation to ourselves, by whether they seem to stand closer to us or farther from us. This is a wholly subjective standard. How can we know what importance other living organisms have in themselves and in terms of the universe?
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Albert Schweitzer Sayings: Who shall enumerate the many ways in which that costly piece of fixed capital, a Who shall enumerate the many ways in which that costly piece of fixed capital, a human being , may be employed! More of him is wanted everywhere! Hunt, then, for some situation in which your humanity may be used.
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Albert Schweitzer Sayings: Reincarnation contains a most comforting explanation of reality by means of which Indian thought surmounts Reincarnation contains a most comforting explanation of reality by means of which Indian thought surmounts difficulties which baffle the thinkers of Europe.
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Albert Schweitzer Sayings: In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.
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Albert Schweitzer Sayings: The true worth of a man is not to be found in man himself, but The true worth of a man is not to be found in man himself, but in the colours and textures that come alive in others.
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Albert Schweitzer Sayings: True philosophy must start from the most immediate and comprehensive fact of consciousness: 'I am True philosophy must start from the most immediate and comprehensive fact of consciousness: 'I am life that wants to live, in the midst of life that wants to live
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Albert Schweitzer Sayings: To affirm life is to deepen, to make more inward, and to exalt the will-to-life. To affirm life is to deepen, to make more inward, and to exalt the will-to-life. At the same time the man who has become a thinking being feels a compulsion to give every will-to-live the same reverence for life that he gives to his own. He experiences that other life as his own. He accepts as being good: to preserve life, to raise to its highest value life which is capable of development; and as being evil: to destroy life, to injure life, to repress life which is capable of development. This is the absolute, fundamental principle of the moral, and it is a necessity of thought.
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Albert Schweitzer Sayings: Never for a moment do we lay aside our mistrust of the ideals established by Never for a moment do we lay aside our mistrust of the ideals established by society, and of the convictions which are kept by it in circulation. We always know that society is full of folly and will deceive us in the matter of humanity ... humanity meaning consideration for the existence and the happiness of individual human beings.
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Albert Schweitzer Sayings: If a man loses his reverence for any part of life, he will lose his If a man loses his reverence for any part of life, he will lose his reverence for all of life.
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Albert Schweitzer Sayings: Impart as much as you can of your spiritual being to those who are on Impart as much as you can of your spiritual being to those who are on the road with you, and accept as something precious what comes back to you from them.
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Albert Schweitzer Sayings: Those who experiment on animals should never be able to quiet their own conscience by Those who experiment on animals should never be able to quiet their own conscience by telling themselves that these cruelties have a worthy aim.
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Albert Schweitzer Sayings: A man does not have to be an angel to be a saint. A man does not have to be an angel to be a saint.
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Albert Schweitzer Sayings: Ethics is nothing else than reverence for life. Ethics is nothing else than reverence for life.
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Albert Schweitzer Sayings: World-view is a product of life-view, not vice versa. World-view is a product of life-view, not vice versa.
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Albert Schweitzer Sayings: Knowing all truth is less than doing a little bit of good. Knowing all truth is less than doing a little bit of good.
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Albert Schweitzer Sayings: Example is leadership. Example is leadership.
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Albert Schweitzer Sayings: Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now - always. Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now - always.
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Albert Schweitzer Sayings: If you love something so much let it go. If it comes back it was If you love something so much let it go. If it comes back it was meant to be; if it doesn't it never was
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Albert Schweitzer Sayings: Do something good and someone might imitate it. Do something good and someone might imitate it.
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Albert Schweitzer Sayings: What really matters is that we should all of us realize that we are guilty What really matters is that we should all of us realize that we are guilty of inhumanity. The horror of this realization should shakes us out of our lethargy so that we can direct our hopes and our intentions to the coming of an era in which war will have no place.
Albert Schweitzer Sayings: Every patient carries her or his own doctor inside. Every patient carries her or his own doctor inside.
Albert Schweitzer Sayings: The gratitude ascending from man to God is the supreme transaction between heaven and earth. The gratitude ascending from man to God is the supreme transaction between heaven and earth.
Albert Schweitzer Sayings: Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory. Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.
Albert Schweitzer Sayings: Your soul suffers if you live superficially. Your soul suffers if you live superficially.
Albert Schweitzer Sayings: Let your life be your argument. Let your life be your argument.
Albert Schweitzer Sayings: The Christ of Theology is not alive for us today. He is wrapped in the The Christ of Theology is not alive for us today. He is wrapped in the grave cloths of dogma.
Albert Schweitzer Sayings: Whatever you have received more than others in health, in talents, in ability, in success, Whatever you have received more than others in health, in talents, in ability, in success, in a pleasant childhood, in harmonious conditions of home life, all this you must not take to yourself as a matter of course. You must pay a price for it. You must render in return an unusually great sacrifice of your life for other life.
Albert Schweitzer Sayings: The gratitude that we encounter helps us believe in the goodness of the world, and The gratitude that we encounter helps us believe in the goodness of the world, and strengthens us thereby to do what's good.
Albert Schweitzer Sayings: Just as the wave cannot exist for itself, but is ever a part of the Just as the wave cannot exist for itself, but is ever a part of the heaving surface of the ocean, so must I never live my life for itself, but always in the experience which is going on around me.
Albert Schweitzer Sayings: I wanted to be a doctor that I might be able to work without having I wanted to be a doctor that I might be able to work without having to talk because for years I had been giving myself out in words.
Albert Schweitzer Sayings: When we observe contemporary society one thing strikes us. We debate but make no progress. When we observe contemporary society one thing strikes us. We debate but make no progress. Why? Because as peoples we do not yet trust each other.
Albert Schweitzer Sayings: You must learn to understand the secret of gratitude. It is more than just so-called You must learn to understand the secret of gratitude. It is more than just so-called virtue. It is revealed to you as a mysterious law of existence. In obedience to it we have to fulfill our destiny.
Albert Schweitzer Sayings: The greatest living person in the world is some individual who at this very moment The greatest living person in the world is some individual who at this very moment has gone in love to help another.
Albert Schweitzer Sayings: Kindness works simply and perseveringly; it produces no strained relations which prejudice its working; strained Kindness works simply and perseveringly; it produces no strained relations which prejudice its working; strained relations which already exist it relaxes. Mistrust and misunderstanding it puts to flight, and it strengthens itself by calling forth answering kindness. Hence it is the furthest reaching and the most effective of all forces.
Albert Schweitzer Sayings: The fundamental principle of morality which we seek as a necessity for thought is not, The fundamental principle of morality which we seek as a necessity for thought is not, however, a matter only of arranging and deepening current views of good and evil, but also of expanding and extending these. A man is really ethical only when he obeys the constraint laid on him to help all life which he is able to succour, and when he goes out of his way to avoid injuring anything living. He does not ask how far this or that life deserves sympathy as valuable in itself, nor how far it is capable of feeling. To him life as such is sacred. He shatters no ice crystal that sparkles in the sun, tears no leaf from its tree, breaks off no flower, and is careful not to crush any insect as he walks. If he works by lamplight on a summer evening, he prefers to keep the window shut and to breathe stifling air, rather than to see insect after insect fall on his table with singed and sinking wings.
Albert Schweitzer Sayings: Seek always to do some good, somewhere ... Even if it's a little thing, so Seek always to do some good, somewhere ... Even if it's a little thing, so something for those that need help, something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it.
Albert Schweitzer Sayings: Awakening of Western thought will not be complete until that thought steps outside itself and Awakening of Western thought will not be complete until that thought steps outside itself and comes to an understanding with the search for a world-view as this manifests itself in the
thought of mankind as a whole.
Albert Schweitzer Sayings: I therefore used the last ten minutes of our classes to recite with them words I therefore used the last ten minutes of our classes to recite with them words from the Bible and verses from hymns, so that they would know them and the words would stay with them throughout their lives. The aim of my teaching was to bring to their hearts and thoughts the great truths of the Gospels so religion would have meaning in their lives and give them the strength to resist the irreligious forces that might assail them. I also tried to awaken in them a love for the Church, and a desire for that hour of spiritual peace to be found in the Sunday service. I taught them to respect traditional doctrines, but at the same time to hold fast to the saying of Paul that where the spirit of Christ is, there is freedom.
Albert Schweitzer Sayings: What we call love is in its essence reverence for life. What we call love is in its essence reverence for life.
Albert Schweitzer Sayings: The path of awakening is not about becoming who you are. Rather it is about The path of awakening is not about becoming who you are. Rather it is about unbecoming who you are not.
Albert Schweitzer Sayings: The only thing of importance, when we depart, will be the traces of love we The only thing of importance, when we depart, will be the traces of love we have left behind.
Albert Schweitzer Sayings: The deeper we look into nature, the more we recognize that it is full of The deeper we look into nature, the more we recognize that it is full of life, and the more profoundly we know that all life is a secret and that we are united with all life that is in nature.
Albert Schweitzer Sayings: Happiness is the only thing that multiplies when you share it. Happiness is the only thing that multiplies when you share it.
Albert Schweitzer Sayings: I am life which wants to live admidst of lives that want to live. I am life which wants to live admidst of lives that want to live.
Albert Schweitzer Sayings: The great fault of all ethics hitherto has been that they believed themselves to have The great fault of all ethics hitherto has been that they believed themselves to have to deal only with the relations of man to man. In reality, however, the question is what is his attitude to the world and all life that comes within his reach.
Albert Schweitzer Sayings: Ethics cannot be based upon our obligations toward people, but they are complete and natural Ethics cannot be based upon our obligations toward people, but they are complete and natural only when we feel this Reverence for Life and the desire to have compassion for and to help all creatures insofar as it is in our power. I think that this ethic will become more and more recognized because of its great naturalness and because it is the foundation of a true humanism toward which we must strive if our culture is to become truly ethical.
Albert Schweitzer Sayings: Sincerity is the foundation of the spiritual life. Sincerity is the foundation of the spiritual life.
Albert Schweitzer Sayings: If you are called upon to play a church service, it is a greater honor If you are called upon to play a church service, it is a greater honor than if you were to play a concert on the finest organ in the world ... Thank God each time when you are privileged to sit before the organ console and assist in the worship of the Almighty.
Albert Schweitzer Sayings: Hear our humble prayer, O God. Make us, ourselves, to be true friends to the Hear our humble prayer, O God. Make us, ourselves, to be true friends to the animals.
Albert Schweitzer Sayings: Man can hardly even recognize the devils of his own creation. Man can hardly even recognize the devils of his own creation.
Albert Schweitzer Sayings: Man has the lost the capacity to foresee and to forestall. He will end up Man has the lost the capacity to foresee and to forestall. He will end up destroying the earth.
Albert Schweitzer Sayings: The destiny of man is to be more and more human. The destiny of man is to be more and more human.
Albert Schweitzer Sayings: Help me to fling my life like a flaming firebrand into the gathering darkness of Help me to fling my life like a flaming firebrand into the gathering darkness of the world.
Albert Schweitzer Sayings: We are all so much together, but we are all dying of loneliness. We are all so much together, but we are all dying of loneliness.
Albert Schweitzer Sayings: Compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and Compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to mankind.
Albert Schweitzer Sayings: Civilization can only revive when there shall come into being in a number of individuals Civilization can only revive when there shall come into being in a number of individuals a new tone of mind, independent of the prevalent one among the crowds, and in opposition to it - a tone of mind which will gradually win influence over the collective one, and in the end determine its character. Only an ethical movement can rescue us from barbarism, and the ethical comes into existence only in individuals.
Albert Schweitzer Sayings: Faith which refuses to face indisputable facts is but little faith. Truth is always gain, Faith which refuses to face indisputable facts is but little faith. Truth is always gain, however hard it is to accommodate ourselves to it. To linger in any kind of untruth proves to be a departure from the straight way of faith.
Albert Schweitzer Sayings: He comes to us as One unknown, without a name, as of old, by the He comes to us as One unknown, without a name, as of old, by the lakeside,
He came to those men who knew Him not. He speaks to us the same words: "Follow thou me!" and sets us to the tasks which He has to fulfill for our time. He commands. And to those who obey Him, whether they be wise or simple, He will reveal himself in the toils, the conflicts, the sufferings which they shall pass through in His fellowship, and, as an ineffable mystery, they shall learn in their own experience Who He is.
Albert Schweitzer Sayings: The highest proof of the spirit is love. Love the eternal thing which can already The highest proof of the spirit is love. Love the eternal thing which can already on earth possess as it really is.
Albert Schweitzer Sayings: In the hopes of reaching the moon men fail to see the flowers that blossom In the hopes of reaching the moon men fail to see the flowers that blossom at their feet.
Albert Schweitzer Sayings: Any religion or philosophy which is not based on a respect for life is not Any religion or philosophy which is not based on a respect for life is not a true religion or philosophy.
Albert Schweitzer Sayings: You ask me for a motto. Here it is: SERVICE. You ask me for a motto. Here it is: SERVICE.
Albert Schweitzer Sayings: Man has lost the capacity to foresee and to forestall. He will end by destroying Man has lost the capacity to foresee and to forestall. He will end by destroying the earth.
Albert Schweitzer Sayings: I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.
Albert Schweitzer Sayings: Affirmation of the world, which means affirmation of the will-to-live that manifests itself around me, Affirmation of the world, which means affirmation of the will-to-live that manifests itself around me, is only possible if I devote myself to other life.
Albert Schweitzer Sayings: It is not difficult to pretend that Jesus never lived. The attempt to prove it, It is not difficult to pretend that Jesus never lived. The attempt to prove it, however, invariably produces the opposite conclusion. In the Jewish literature of the first century the existence of Jesus is not attested to with any certainty, and in the Greek and Latin literature of the same period there is no evidence for it at all. Of the two passages in his Antiquities in which the Jewish writer Josephus makes incidental mention of Jesus, one was undoubtedly interpolated by Christian copyists. The first pagan witness to His existence is Tacitus, who, during the reign of Trajan in the second decade of the second century A.D., reports in his Annals (XV.44) that the founder of the "Christian" sect (which Nero accused of causing the great fire at Rome) was executed under the government of Tiberius by the procurator of Judea, Pontius Pilate. Since