Albert Schweitzer, M.D., OM, was an Alsatian theologian, musician, philosopher, and physician. He was born in Kaisersberg in Alsace-Lorraine, a Germanophone region which the German Empire returned to France after World War I.
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Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.
The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives.
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.
Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.
Life becomes harder for us when we live for others, but it also becomes richer and happier.
Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight.
Constant kindness can accomplish much.
As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.
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.
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.
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.
Man has lost the capacity to foresee and to forestall. He will end by destroying the earth.
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.
Just as white light consists of colored rays, so reverence for life contains all the components of ethics: love, kindliness, sympathy, empathy, peacefulness and power to forgive.
Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.
The only escape from the miseries of life are music and cats...
Anyone who proposes to do good must not expect people to roll stones out of his way, but must accept his lot calmly, even if they roll a few stones upon it.
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.
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.
Serious illness doesn't bother me for long because I am too inhospitable a host.
The first step in the evolution of ethics is a sense of solidarity with other human beings.
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.
Do something wonderful, people may imitate it.
Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now - always.
Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him.
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.
Reverence for life affords me my fundamental principle of morality.
Example is leadership.
Be the flame! Sometimes our light goes out but is blown again into flame by an encounter with another human being.
Very little of the great cruelty shown by men can really be attributed to cruel instinct. Most of it comes from thoughtlessness or inherited habit. The roots of cruelty, therefore, are not so much strong as widespread. But the time must come when inhumanity protected by custom and thoughtlessness will succumb before humanity championed by thought. Let us work that this time may come.
The highest proof of the spirit is love.
Love the eternal thing which can already on earth possess as it really is.
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.
I must interpret the life around me as I interpret the life that is my own.
My life is full of meaning to me. The life around me must be full of significance to itself. If I am to expect others to respect my life, then I must respect the other life I see, however strange it may be to mine.
The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.
The thinking man must oppose all cruel customs no matter how deeply rooted in tradition and surrounded by a halo. When we have a choice, we must avoid bringing torment and injury into the life of another, even the lowliest creature; to do so is to renounce our manhood and shoulder a guilt which nothing justifies.