Albert Schweitzer Quotes

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Reverence for Life: The Ethics of Albert Schweitzer for the Twenty-First Century           Out of My Life and Thought: An Autobiography            Albert Schweitzer (Albert Schweitzer Library)          Albert Schweitzer: Essential Writings (Modern Spiritual Masters)

Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965), theologian, doctor, Nobel Peace Prize winner–was a remarkable figure of the twentieth century. An ordained pastor and theologian, he was also a renowned musician. He gave up this success to become a missionary doctor and founded a hospital in Africa. He is famous for his compassionate service and his “Reverence for Life.”

Schweitzer’s exemplary conduct, his philosophy on reverence for life and his campaign against nuclear weapons remain sources of great inspiration today. H.H. the XIV Dalai Lama

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

— Albert Schweitzer

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.

— Albert Schweitzer

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

— Albert Schweitzer

All the kindness which a man puts out into the world works on the heart and thoughts of mankind.

— Albert Schweitzer

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

— Albert Schweitzer

By respect for life we become religious in a way that is elementary, profound and alive.

— Albert Schweitzer

Do something for somebody everyday for which you do not get paid.

— Albert Schweitzer

Do something wonderful, people may imitate it.

— Albert Schweitzer

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

— Albert Schweitzer

Grow into your ideals so that life cannot rob you of them.

— Albert Schweitzer

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

— Albert Schweitzer

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

— Albert Schweitzer

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

— Albert Schweitzer

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

— Albert Schweitzer

Man is a clever animal who behaves like an imbecile.

— Albert Schweitzer

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

— Albert Schweitzer

Reverence for life affords me my fundamental principle of morality.

— Albert Schweitzer

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

— Albert Schweitzer

Therefore search and see if there is not some place where you may invest your humanity.

— Albert Schweitzer

Truth has no special time of its own. It’s hour is now. Always.

— Albert Schweitzer

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

— Albert Schweitzer