Albert Schweitzer

Nationality : French ,German
Birth : 14th January, 1875
Death : 4th September, 1965
About : Albert Schweitzer was a German and later French theologian, organist, philosopher, physician, and medical missionary in Africa, also known for his interpretive life of Jesus. He was born in the province of Alsace-Lorraine, at that time part of the German Empire. He received the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize for his philosophy of "Reverence for Life", expressed in many ways, but most famously in founding and sustaining the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Lambaréné, now in Gabon, west central Africa.

Albert Schweitzer Quotes

A great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up.
Topics : Success
A man can only do what he can do. But if he does that each day he can sleep at night and do it again the next day
A man does not have to be an angel in order to be saint.
Tags : Angel , Saint Topics : Inspirational
A man is truly ethical only when he obeys the compulsion to help all life which he is able to assist, and shrinks from injuring anything that lives.
Tags : Ethics Topics : Service
Aim for service and success will follow.
Topics : Goal , Inspirational
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.
Tags : Optimism , Pessimism Topics : Wisdom
Anyone who proposes to do good must not expect people to roll stones out of his way, but must accept his lot calmly if they even roll a few more upon it.
Tags : Acceptance , Difficulties , Good Topics : Advice
As soon as man does not take his existence for granted, but beholds it as something unfathomably mysterious, thought begins.
Tags : Begin , Existence , Granted , Thought Topics : Uncategorized
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.
Tags : Flame , Gratitude Topics : Inspirational
By respect for life we become religious in a way that is elementary, profound and alive.
Tags : Profound Topics : Life , Respect
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.
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.
Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.
Day by day we should weigh what we have granted to the spirit of the world against what we have denied to the spirit of Jesus, in thought and especially in deed.
Tags : Deed , Denied , Especially , Granted , Spirit Topics : Uncategorized
Do not let Sunday be taken from you If your soul has no Sunday, it becomes an orphan.
Tags : Orphan , Rest Topics : Uncategorized
Do something for somebody everyday for which you do not get paid.
Tags : Helping Topics : Uncategorized
Do something wonderful, people may imitate it.
Topics : Achievement
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.
Tags : Duty , Ethics , Humanism Topics : Life
Ethics is nothing else than reverence for life.
Tags : Else , Ethics Topics : Life
Ethics is the activity of man directed to secure the inner perfection of his own personality.
Tags : Ethics
Ethics, too, are nothing but reverence for life. This is what gives me the fundamental principle of morality, namely, that good consists in maintaining, promoting, and enhancing life, and that destroying, injuring, and limiting life are evil.
Tags : Ethics Topics : Life
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.
Tags : Being , Long , Simple , Simplicity , Witty Topics : Truth
Example is leadership.
Tags : Example Topics : Leadership
Example is not the main thing in influencing other people; it is the only thing.
Tags : People Topics : Life
Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
Tags : Example , Influencing Topics : Uncategorized
He who does not reflect his life back to God in gratitude does not know himself.
Topics : Religion
Humanitarianism consists in never sacrificing a human being to a purpose.
Tags : Consists , Human , Purpose Topics : Sacrifice
I can do no other than be reverent before everything that is called life. I can do no other than to have compassion for all that is called life. That is the beginning and the foundation of all ethics.
Tags : Compassion , Ethics , Foundation , Reverent Topics : Life
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.
Tags : Charity , Compassion , Misery Topics : Uncategorized
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.
If a man loses his reverence for any part of life, he will lose his reverence for all of life.
Tags : Men , Reverence Topics : Life
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.
Topics : Love
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.
Tags : Road Topics : Spirituality
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.
In the hopes of reaching the moon men fail to see the flowers that blossom at their feet.
Tags : Blossom , Reaching Topics : Uncategorized
Joy, sorrow, tears, lamentation, laughter — to all these music gives voice, but in such a way that we are transported from the world of unrest to a world of peace, and see reality in a new way, as if we were sitting by a mountain lake and contemplating hills and woods and clouds in the tranquil and fathomless water.
Tags : Music Topics : Uncategorized
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.
Tags : Connection , Exist , Ocean Topics : Uncategorized
Let me give you the definition of ethics: it is good to maintain life and to further life. It is bad to damage and destroy life. And this ethic, profound and universal, has the significance of a religion. It is religion.
Tags : Ethics
Life becomes harder for us when we live for others, but it also becomes richer and happier.
Tags : Happier , Harder , Live , Richer , Social Service Topics : Life
Man can hardly even recognize the devils of his own creation.
Tags : Devils , Hardly , Recognize Topics : Creation
Man has lost the capacity to foresee and to forestall. He will end by destroying the earth.
Topics : Nature
Man is a clever animal who behaves like an imbecile.
Tags : Animal , Behave , Men Topics : Clever , Truth
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.
My life is my argument.
Tags : Argument Topics : Life
Never say there is nothing beautiful in the world anymore. There is always something to make you wonder in the shape of a tree, the trembling of a leaf.
Tags : Tree , Wonder Topics : Beauty
No one has ever come back from the other world. I can’t console you, but one thing I can tell you, as long as my ideas are alive I will be alive. We live in a dark frightening age. One reason for this is the part played by the ideology of inhumanity.
Topics : Age , Funny
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.
Tags : Happiness , Will Topics : Service
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.
Tags : Happens , Spirit Topics : History , Truth
One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.
Revenge… is like a rolling stone, which, when a man hath forced up a hill, will return upon him with a greater violence, and break those bones whose sinews gave it motion.
Tags : Greater , Revenge , Violence Topics : Uncategorized
Reverence for Life affords me my fundamental principle of morality, namely, that good consists in maintaining, assisting, and enhancing life and that to destroy, harm, or to hinder life is evil. Affirmation of the world — that is affirmation of the will to live, which appears in phenomenal forms all around me — is only possible for me in that I give myself out for other life.
Tags : Credo , Creed , Ethics , Good , Possible Topics : Life , Service
Reverence for life is the highest court of appeal.
Tags : Appeal , Court , Reverence Topics : Life
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. For remember, you don’t live in a world all your own. Your brothers are here too.
Tags : Help Topics : Uncategorized
Serious illness doesn’t bother me for long because I am too inhospitable a host.
Tags : Illness , Inhospitable , Long Topics : Uncategorized
Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light.
Tags : Flame , Gratitude Topics : Kindness , Service
Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.
Topics : Inspirational
Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.
Tags : Happiness , Key Topics : Inspirational , Love , Success
The African is my brother but he is my younger brother by several centuries.
Tags : African , Century , Several , Younger Topics : Uncategorized
The first step in the evolution of ethics is a sense of solidarity with other human beings.
Tags : Ethics , Solidarity Topics : Evolution
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.
Tags : Ethics , Human Rights Topics : Humanity , Justice
The great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up.
Tags : Great , Secret Topics : Life , Success
The highest knowledge is to know that we are surrounded by mystery. Neither knowledge nor hope for the future can be the pivot of our life or determine its direction. It is intended to be solely determined by our allowing ourselves to be gripped by the ethical God, who reveals Himself in us, and by our yielding our will to His.
Topics : Religion
The highest proof of the spirit is love. Love the eternal thing which can already on earth possess as it really is.
Tags : Already , Highest , Possess Topics : Love
The only escape from the miseries of life are music and cats…
Tags : Music Topics : Life
The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.
Tags : Compassion , Solidarity Topics : Kindness , Life
The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives.
Topics : Age , Life
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.
Tags : Alive , Found Topics : Uncategorized
The willow which bends to the tempest, often escapes better than the oak which resists it; and so in great calamities, it sometimes happens that light and frivolous spirits recover their elasticity and presence of mind sooner than those of a loftier character.
There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.
Tags : Cat , Music Topics : Uncategorized
Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight.
Tags : Occasionally Topics : Suffering
Thought cannot avoid the ethical or reverence and love for all life. It will abandon the old confined systems of ethics and be forced to recognize the ethics that knows no bounds. But on the other hand, those who believe in love for all creation must realize clearly the difficulties involved in the problem of a boundless ethic and must be resolved not to veil from [humankind] the conflicts which this ethic will involve [us], but allow [us] really to experience them. To think out in every implication the ethic of love for all creation — this is the difficult task which confronts our age.”
Tags : Ethics Topics : Love
To me, good health is more than just exercise and diet. It’s really a point of view and a mental attitude you have about yourself.
Tags : Exercise , Really Topics : Attitude , Health
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.
Tags : Philosophy Topics : Uncategorized
Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now – always.
Topics : Truth
Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace.
Tags : Compassion , Living , Man , Passion , Peace Topics : Uncategorized
We are all so much together, but we are all dying of loneliness.
Tags : Dying , Loneliness Topics : Uncategorized
We cannot possibly let ourselves get frozen into regarding everyone we do not know as an absolute stranger.
Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him.
Tags : Someone Topics : Uncategorized
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.
Tags : Feel , Help , Misery , Pain , Personal Topics : Uncategorized
You must not expect anything from others. It’s you, of yourself, of whom you must ask a lot. Only from oneself has one the right to ask everything and anything. This way it’s up to you — your own choices — what you get from others remains a present, a gift.
Tags : Choice , Choosing Topics : Expectations , Service

Quote Of the Day

Anger and hatred lead to fear; compassion and concern for others allow us to develop self-confidence, which breeds trust and friendship.

Dalai Lama