Albert Schweitzer

French philosopher and physician and organist who spent most of his life as a medical missionary in Gabon (1875-1965)

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Life becomes harder for us when we live for others, but it also becomes richer and happier.
Man is a clever animal who behaves like an imbecile.
Example is not the main thing in influencing others it's the only thing.
Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.
A great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up.
A man can do only what a man 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.
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.
An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while a pessimist sees only the red stoplight... The truly wise person is color- blind.
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.
As soon as man does not take his existence for granted, but beholds it as something unfathomably mysterious, thought begins.
As we acquire more knowldege, things do not become more comprehensible, but more mysterious.
Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust and hostility to evaporate.
Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.
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.
Grow into your ideals so that life cannot rob you of them.
I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.
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.
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.
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.
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. It is an uncomfortable doctrine which the true ethics whisper into my ear. You are happy, they say; therefore you are called upon to give much.
One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.
Reverence for life affords me my fundamental principle of morality.
Reverence for life brings us into a spiritual relation with the world which is independent of all knowledge of the universe.
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.
The African is my brother-but he is my younger brother by several centuries.
The great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up.
The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.
The spirit of the age is filled with the disdain for thinking.
the tragedy of life is not that we die, but is rather, what dies inside a man while he lives.
The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives
There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.
Therefore search and see if there is not some place where you may invest your humanity.
To the question whether I am a pessimist or an optimist, I answer that my knowledge is pessimistic, but my willing and hoping are optimistic.
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.
Truth has not special time of its own. Its hour is now -- always and indeed then most truly when it seems unsuitable to actual circumstances.
Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace.
We cannot possibly let ourselves get frozen into regarding everyone we do not know as an absolute stranger.
You must give some time to your fellow men. Even if it's a little thing, do something for others - something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it.

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