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Albert Schweitzer
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Reincarnation contains a most comforting explanation of reality by means of which Indian thought surmounts difficulties which baffle the thinkers of Europe. Albert Schweitzer
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Because I have confidence in the power of truth, and of the spirit, I have confidence in the future of mankind. Albert Schweitzer
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Only through love can we obtain communion with God. Albert Schweitzer
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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. Albert Schweitzer
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To me, good health is more than just exercise and diet. Its really a point of view and a mental attitude you have about yourself. Albert Schweitzer
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If you study life deeply, its profundity will seize you suddenly with dizziness. Albert Schweitzer
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Do something wonderful, people may imitate it. Albert Schweitzer
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Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. Albert Schweitzer
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Example is leadership. Albert Schweitzer
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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. Albert Schweitzer
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Not one of us knows what effect his life produces, and what he gives to others; that is hidden from us and must remain so, though we are often allowed to see some little fraction of it, so that we may not lose courage. Albert Schweitzer
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Rational thinking which is free from assumptions ends therefore in mysticism. To relate oneself in the spirit of reverence for life to the multiform manifestations of the will-to-live which together constitute the world is ethical mysticism. All profound world-view is mysticism, the essence of which is just this: that out of my unsophisticated and naive existence in the world there comes, as a result of thought about self and the world, spiritual self-devotion to the mysterious infinite Will which is continuously manifested in the universe. Albert Schweitzer
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The disastrous feature of our civilization is that it is far more developed materially than spiritually. Its balance is disturbed. Albert Schweitzer
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In modern European thought a tragedy is occurring in that the original bonds uniting the affirmative attitude towards the world with ethics are, by a slow but irresistible process, loosening and finally parting. Out of my life and Thought. Albert Schweitzer
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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. Albert Schweitzer
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Be faithful to your love and you mill be recompensed beyond measure. Albert Schweitzer
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I do not believe that we can put into anyone ideas which are not in him already. As a rule there are in everyone all sorts of good ideas, ready like tinder. But much of this tinder catches fire, or catches it successfully, only when it meets some flame or spark from outside, i.e., from some other person. Albert Schweitzer
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I too had thoughts once of being an intellectual, but I found it too difficult. Albert Schweitzer
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A good example has twice the value of good advice Albert Schweitzer
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The stronger the reverence for natural life, the stronger grows also that for spiritual life. Albert Schweitzer
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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. Albert Schweitzer
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Truth has no time of its own. Its hour is now - always, and indeed then most truly when it seems most unsuitable to actual circumstances. Albert Schweitzer
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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. Albert Schweitzer
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The demands of Jesus are difficult because they require us to do something extraordinary. At the same time He asks us to regard these [acts of goodness] as something usual, ordinary. Albert Schweitzer
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If you own something you cannot give away, then you don't own it, it owns you. Albert Schweitzer
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Today it is considered as exaggeration to proclaim constant respect for every form of life as being the serious demand of a rational ethic. But the time is coming when people will be amazed that the human race existed so long before it recognized that thoughtless injury to life is incompatible with real ethics. Ethics is in its unqualified form extended responsibility to everything that has life. Albert Schweitzer
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Man has become a superman ... because he not only disposes oinnate, physical forces, but because he is in command ... olatent forces in nature and because he can put them to his service.... But the essential fact we must surely all feel in our hearts ... is that we are becoming inhuman in proportion as we become supermen. Albert Schweitzer
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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. Albert Schweitzer
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In the hearts of people today there is a deep longing for peace. When the true spirit of peace is thoroughly dominant, it becomes an inner experience with unlimited possibilities. Only when this really happens - when the spirit of peace awakens and takes possession of men's hearts, can humanity be saved from perishing. Albert Schweitzer
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I have given up the ambition to be a great scholar. I want to be more- simply a human. . . . We are not true humans, but beings who live by a civilization inherited from the past, that keeps us hostage, that confines us. No freedom of movement. Nothing. Everything in us is killed by our calculations for our future, by our social position and cast. You see, I am not happy-yet I am happy. I suffer, but that is part of life. I live, I don't care about my existence, and that is the beginning of wisdom. Albert Schweitzer
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We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace. Albert Schweitzer
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Reverence for life brings us into a spiritual relation with the world which is independent of all knowledge of the universe. Albert Schweitzer
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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. Albert Schweitzer
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The friend of nature is the man who feels himself inwardly united with everything that lives in nature, who shares in the fate of all creatures, helps them when he can in their pain and need, and as far as possible avoids injuring or taking life. Albert Schweitzer
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Jesus as a concrete historical personality remains a stranger to our time, but His spirit, which lies hidden in His words, is known in simplicity, and its influence is direct. Albert Schweitzer
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Sincerity is the foundation of the spiritual life. Albert Schweitzer
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Search and see if there is not some place where you may invest your humanity. Albert Schweitzer
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Knowing all truth is less than doing a little bit of good. Albert Schweitzer
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But the others, those who tried to bring Jesus to life at the call of love, found it a cruel task to be honest. The critical study of the life of Jesus has been for theology a school of honesty. The world had never seen before, and will never see again, a struggle for truth so full of pain and renunciation as that of which the Lives of Jesus of the last hundred years contain the cryptic record. Albert Schweitzer
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Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate. Albert Schweitzer
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We are all so much together, but we are all dying of loneliness. Albert Schweitzer
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What has been presented as Christianity during these nineteen centuries is only a beginning, full of mistakes, not full blown Christianity springing from the spirit of Jesus. Albert Schweitzer
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Who shall enumerate the many ways in which that costly piece of fixed capital, a human being , may be employed! More of him is wanted everywhere! Hunt, then, for some situation in which your humanity may be used. Albert Schweitzer
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The only thing of importance, when we depart, will be the traces of love we have left behind. Albert Schweitzer
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We cannot abdicate our conscience to an organization, nor to a government. 'Am I my brother's keeper?' Most certainly I am! I cannot escape my responsibility by saying the State will do all that is necessary. It is a tragedy that nowadays so many think and feel otherwise. Albert Schweitzer
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Bach is thus a terminal point. Nothing comes from him; everything merely leads to him. Albert Schweitzer
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Kindness works simply and perseveringly; it produces no strained relations which prejudice its working; strained relations which already exist it relaxes. Mistrust and misunderstanding it puts to flight, and it strengthens itself by calling forth answering kindness. Hence it is the furthest reaching and the most effective of all forces. Albert Schweitzer
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All art speaks in signs and symbols. No one can explain how it happens that the artist can waken to life in us the existence that he has seen and lives through. No artistic speech is the adequate expression of what it represents; its vital force comes from what is unspoken in it. Albert Schweitzer
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The interior joy we feel when we have done a good deed is the nourishment the soul requires. Albert Schweitzer
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I used to suffer particularly because the poor animals must endure so much pain and want. The sight of an old, limping horse being dragged along by one man while another man struck him with a stick he was being driven to the Colmar slaughterhouse - haunted me for weeks. Albert Schweitzer
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What the activity of this disposition of ours means in the evolution of the world, we do not know. Nor can we regulate this activity from outside; we must leave entirely to each individual its shaping and its extension. From every point of view, then, world- and life-affirmation and ethics are non-rational, and we must have the courage to admit it. Albert Schweitzer
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Those who experiment on animals should never be able to quiet their own conscience by telling themselves that these cruelties have a worthy aim. Albert Schweitzer
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Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing. Albert Schweitzer
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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. Albert Schweitzer
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The highest proof of the spirit is love. Love the eternal thing which can already on earth possess as it really is. Albert Schweitzer
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Reverence for life is the highest court of appeal. Albert Schweitzer
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We are united with all life that is in nature. Man can no longer live his life for himself alone. Albert Schweitzer
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You ask me for a motto. Here it is: SERVICE. Albert Schweitzer
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Renunciation of thinking is a declaration of spiritual bankruptcy. Albert Schweitzer
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Help me to fling my life like a flaming firebrand into the gathering darkness of the world. Albert Schweitzer
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Where principles and heart stand in conflict with each other, let us make the law of the spirit free from the law of principles. Albert Schweitzer
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The destiny of man is to be more and more human. Albert Schweitzer
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I see in him (Dr. Max Gerson) one of the most eminent medical geniuses in the history of medicine...he was greatly impeded by adverse political conditions. Albert Schweitzer
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Affirmation of life is the spiritual act by which man ceases to live unreflectively and begins to devote himself to his life with reverence in order to raise it to its true value. To affirm life is to deepen, to make more inward, and to exalt the will. Albert Schweitzer
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Any religion or philosophy which is not based on a respect for life is not a true religion or philosophy. Albert Schweitzer
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We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. Albert Schweitzer
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I am certain and have always stressed that the destination of mankind is to become more and more humane. The ideal of humanity has to be revived. Albert Schweitzer
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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. Extract from 'Memories of childhood and youth.' Albert Schweitzer
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If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. Albert Schweitzer
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The gratitude ascending from man to God is the supreme transaction between heaven and earth. Albert Schweitzer
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