Best quotes by the German Theologian Albert Schweitzer

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

Man is a clever animal who behaves like an imbecile.
  • Animals

There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.
  • pet

As we acquire more knowledge, things do not become more comprehensible, but more mysterious.
  • Knowledge



One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.
  • Adversity

The purpose of human life is to serve and show compassion and the will to help others.
  • Kindness

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

Humanitarianism consists in never sacrificing a human being to a purpose.
  • Sacrifice

Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now -- always.
  • Truth

The awareness that we are all human beings together has become lost in war and through politics.

Man can hardly even recognize the devils of his own creation.
  • Evil

A great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up.
  • Success

Do not let Sunday be taken from you. If your soul has no Sunday, it becomes an orphan.
  • becomes

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.
  • Integrity

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.
  • attain

The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives.
  • dies

We cannot possibly let ourselves get frozen into regarding everyone we do not know as an absolute stranger.
  • Fellowship

Life becomes harder for us when we live for others, but it also becomes richer and happier.
  • Life

There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed.
  • Service

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.
  • Spirituality

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.
  • Success

Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.
  • inspirational

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

Man must cease attributing his problems to his environment, and learn again to exercise his will -- his personal responsibility.
  • Responsibility

The great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up.
  • Success

Man has lost the capacity to foresee and to forestall. He will end by destroying the earth.
  • nature

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.
  • colorblind

A man does not have to be an angel in order to be saint.
  • angel

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.
  • alive

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.
  • Goodness


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Albert Schweitzer life quotes

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There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.
  • pet

The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives.
  • dies

Life becomes harder for us when we live for others, but it also becomes richer and happier.
  • Life

Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.
  • inspirational

The only escape from the miseries of life are music and cats...
  • cats

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.
  • Life

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.
  • Life

Reverence for life is the highest court of appeal.
  • appeal

A man is ethical only when life, as such, is sacred to him, that of plants and animals as that of his fellow men, and when he devotes himself helpfully to all life that is in need of help.
  • devotes

Reverence for life affords me my fundamental principle of morality.
  • affords

By having a reverence for life, we enter into a spiritual relation with the world By practicing reverence for life we become good, deep, and alive.
  • alive

Let me give you a definition of ethics: It is good to maintain and further life it is bad to damage and destroy life.
  • bad

Ethics is nothing else than reverence for life.
  • ethics

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.
  • beginning

The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.
  • compassion

If a man loses his reverence for any part of life, he will lose his reverence for all of life.
  • life

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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.
  • attain

Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight.
  • ethics

Let me give you one 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, universal, has the significance of a religion. It is religion.
  • Ethics

Let me give you a definition of ethics: It is good to maintain and further life it is bad to damage and destroy life.
  • bad

The first step in the evolution of ethics is a sense of solidarity with other human beings.
  • beings

Ethics is nothing else than reverence for life.
  • ethics

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.
  • beginning

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

The thinking (person) 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.
  • ethics

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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.
  • Reverence

Reverence for life affords me my fundamental principle of morality, namely that good consists in maintaining, assisting, and enhancing life, and that to destroy, to harm, or to hinder life is evil.
  • Reverence

Reverence for life is the highest court of appeal.
  • appeal

Reverence for life affords me my fundamental principle of morality.
  • affords

By having a reverence for life, we enter into a spiritual relation with the world By practicing reverence for life we become good, deep, and alive.
  • alive

Ethics is nothing else than reverence for life.
  • ethics

If a man loses his reverence for any part of life, he will lose his reverence for all of life.
  • life

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The purpose of human life is to serve and show compassion and the will to help others.
  • Kindness

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

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

The human spirit is not dead. It lives on in secret.....It has come to believe that 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.
  • Kindness

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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.
  • Help

A man is ethical only when life, as such, is sacred to him, that of plants and animals as that of his fellow men, and when he devotes himself helpfully to all life that is in need of help.
  • devotes

The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.
  • compassion

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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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.
  • Reverence

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.
  • Service

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.
  • Service

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.
  • another



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.
  • against

Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight.
  • ethics

The only escape from the miseries of life are music and cats...
  • cats

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.
  • music

Ethics, too, are nothing but reverence for life. That 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.

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.

A man does not have to be an angel in order to be a saint.
  • Angels

Civilization can only revive when there shall come into being in a number of individuals a new tone of mind independent of the one prevalent among the crowd 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. It is only an ethical movement which can rescue us from the slough of barbarism, and the ethical comes into existence only in individuals.
  • Civilization

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.
  • Cruelty

Let me give you one 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, universal, has the significance of a religion. It is religion.
  • Ethics

Example is leadership.
  • Example

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 have need of a man's help, something for which you get no pay but privilege of doing it. For remember, you don't live in a world all your own. Your brothers live here, too.
  • Goodness

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.
  • Guilt

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.
  • Help

A new public opinion must be created privately and unobtrusively. The existing one is maintained by the press, by propaganda, by organization, and by financial and other influences which are at its disposal. The unnatural way of spreading ideas must be opposed by the natural one, which goes from man to man and relies solely on the truth of the thoughts and the hearer's receptiveness for new truth.
  • Ideas

The human spirit is not dead. It lives on in secret.....It has come to believe that 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.
  • Kindness

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.
  • Life

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.
  • Life

Reverence for life affords me my fundamental principle of morality, namely that good consists in maintaining, assisting, and enhancing life, and that to destroy, to harm, or to hinder life is evil.
  • Reverence

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.
  • Spirituality

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 privelege. Pain is a more terrible lord of mankind than even death himself.
  • Torture

Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him.
  • someone

As soon as man does not take his existence for granted, but beholds it as something unfathomably mysterious, thought begins.
  • begins

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.
  • deep

Reverence for life is the highest court of appeal.
  • appeal

A man is ethical only when life, as such, is sacred to him, that of plants and animals as that of his fellow men, and when he devotes himself helpfully to all life that is in need of help.
  • devotes

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.
  • able

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

Reverence for life affords me my fundamental principle of morality.
  • affords

A man can do only what he can do. But if he does that each day he can sleep at night and do it again the next day.
  • again

By having a reverence for life, we enter into a spiritual relation with the world By practicing reverence for life we become good, deep, and alive.
  • alive

Let me give you a definition of ethics: It is good to maintain and further life it is bad to damage and destroy life.
  • bad

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.
  • among

Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.
  • happiness

The first step in the evolution of ethics is a sense of solidarity with other human beings.
  • beings

Ethics is nothing else than reverence for life.
  • ethics

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.
  • beginning

Do something wonderful, people may imitate it.
  • imitate

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.
  • among

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.
  • brothers

The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.
  • compassion

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.
  • called

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.
  • bring

If a man loses his reverence for any part of life, he will lose his reverence for all of life.
  • life

Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now - always.
  • hour

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.
  • again

Example is not the main thing in influencing others it's the only thing.

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

The thinking (person) 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.
  • ethics

In the hopes of reaching the moon men fail to see the flowers that blossom at their feet.
  • their

Be the flame! Sometimes our light goes out but is blown again into flame by an encounter with another human being.
  • flame

Happiness? That’s nothing more than health and a poor memory.
  • happiness


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