Albert Schweitzer Quotes

Most popular Albert Schweitzer Quotes

Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.

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Reverence for life is the highest court of appeal.
— Albert Schweitzer
The Fellowship of Those who Bear the Mark of Pain.

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Love . . . includes fellowship in suffering, in joy
— Albert Schweitzer
Man is a clever animal, who behaves like an imbecile.

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A man is ethical only when life, as such, is sacred to him.
— Albert Schweitzer
Example is not the main thing in life — it is the only thing.
— Albert Schweitzer
Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now—always.

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Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now - always.
— Albert Schweitzer
You don't live in a world all alone, your brothers are here too.
— Albert Schweitzer
Do something for somebody everyday for which you do not get paid.
— Albert Schweitzer
There are two refuges from the miseries of life — music and cats.
— Albert Schweitzer

music cats

Truth has no special time of it's own. It's hour is now ... always.
— Albert Schweitzer
I too had thoughts once of being an intellectual, but I found it too difficult.
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intellectuals

Serious illness doesn't bother me for long because I am too inhospitable a host.

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To affirm life is to deepen, to make more inward, and to exalt the will-to-life.
— Albert Schweitzer
The great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up.
— Albert Schweitzer

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Do not let Sunday be taken from you. If your soul has no Sunday, it becomes an orphan.
— Albert Schweitzer
In the hopes of reaching the moon men fail to see the flowers that blossom at their feet.
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The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.
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Man has lost the capacity to foresee and to forestall. He will end by destroying the earth.
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environment

As we acquire more knowledge, things do not become more comprehensible, but more mysterious.
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Until he extends his circle of compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.
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There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed.
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Whoever is spared personal pain must feel himself called to help in diminishing the pain of others.

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Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.

compassion

The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.
— Albert Schweitzer
One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.

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I have always held firmly to the thought that each one of us can do a little to bring some portion of misery to an end.
— Albert Schweitzer

service

Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.
— Albert Schweitzer
Constant kindness can accomplish much.  As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.

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An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while a pessimist sees only the red stoplight... the truly wise person is colorblind.
— Albert Schweitzer

pessimism optimism

Every man has to seek in his own way to do some good.  Every man has to seek in his own way to make himself more noble and to realize his own true worth.

helping others

Man must cease attributing his problems to his environment, and learn again to exercise his will - his personal responsibility in the realm of faith and morals.
— Albert Schweitzer
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 will have sought and found how to serve.
— Albert Schweitzer

service

Whoever is spared personal pain must feel himself called to help in diminishing the pain of others. We must all carry our share of the misery which lies upon the world.
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At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.
— Albert Schweitzer
One truth stands firm. All that happens in world history rests on something spiritual. If the spiritual is strong, it creates world history. If it is weak, it suffers world history.
— Albert Schweitzer
The purpose of human life is to serve and to show compassion and the will to help others. Until we extend the circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace.
— Albert Schweitzer
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 himself.
— Albert Schweitzer
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

motivation

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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Hope is renewed each time that you see a person you know, who is deeply involved in the struggle of life, helping another person. You are the unaffected witness and must agree that there is hope for mankind.

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A civilization which develops only on its material side, and not in corresponding measure on its mental and spiritual side, is like a vessel with a defective steering gear, which gets out of control at a constantly accelerating pace, and drifts toward catastrophe.

civilization

You must give some time to your fellow man.  Even if it is a little thing, do something for those who have need of 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.

helping others

I don't know what your destiny will be.  Some of you will perhaps occupy remarkable positions.  Perhaps some of you will become famous by your pens, or as artists.  But I know one thing: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.
— Albert Schweitzer

happiness service destiny

To educate yourself for the feeling of gratitude means to take nothing for granted, but to always seek out and value the kind that will stand behind the action. Nothing that is done for you is a matter of course. Everything originates in a will for the good, which is directed at you. Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude.