Albert Schweitzer Quotes

Ludwig Philipp Albert Schweitzer, honored with the title OM, was a polymath hailing from Alsace. His diverse talents encompassed theology, musicology, writing, humanitarian work, philosophy, and medicine, highlighting his multifaceted contributions to various fields of knowledge and service. Wikipedia

“Love is the only thing that increases twofold every time it is shared.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“If you love something so much let it go. If it comes back it was meant to be; if it doesn’t it never was.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“To work for the common good is the greatest creed.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“Example is leadership.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“Do something for somebody everyday for which you do not get paid.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

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“World-view is a product of life-view, not vice versa.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“Only those who respect the personality of others can be of real use to them.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“To educate yourself for the feeling of gratitude means to take nothing for granted…” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“At that point in life where your talent meets the needs of the world, that is where God wants you to be.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“At 20 everyone has the face that God gave them, at 40 the face that life gave them, and at 60 the face they earned.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“Don’t blame, forgive, All healing is self-healing.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“Knowing all truth is less than doing a little bit of good.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“You don’t live in a world all alone. Your brothers are here too.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“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.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“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

“Good is that which promotes life, evil is that which destroys life.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“The greatest thing is to give thanks for everything. He who has learned this knows what it means to live. He has penetrated the whole mystery of life: giving thanks for everything.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“The quiet conscience is an invention of the devil.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“Man is a clever animal who behaves like an imbecile.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“I am life that wants to live, in the midst of life that wants to live.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“Only through love can we obtain communion with God.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“The disastrous feature of our civilization is that it is far more developed materially than spiritually. Its balance is disturbed.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“Animal protection is education to the humanity.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“The Bhagavad-Gita has a profound influence on the spirit of mankind by its devotion to God which is manifested by actions.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“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

“Ethics is in its unqualified form extended responsibility to everything that has life.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“I always think that we live, spiritually, By what others have given us in the significant hours of our life. These significant hours do not announce themselves as coming, but arrive unexpected.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“Do something wonderful, people may imitate it.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“Pain is a more terrible lord of mankind than even death itself.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“By ethical conduct toward all creatures, we enter into a spiritual relationship with the universe.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“Therapy is the boat across the river, but most don’t want to get off. Don’t blame, forgive, All healing is self-healing.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“The only escape from the miseries of life are music and cats.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“Do not lose heart, even if you must wait a bit before finding the right thing. Be prepared for disappointment also, but do not abandon the quest.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“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 ~ Albert Schweitzer

“The path of awakening is not about becoming who you are. Rather it is about unbecoming who you are not.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“Those who thank God much are the truly wealthy. So our inner happiness depends not on what we experience but on the degree of our gratitude to God, whatever the experience.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

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

“Every start on an untrodden path is a venture which only in unusual circumstances looks sensible and likely to succeed.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“Thought is the strongest thing we have.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“Any religion or philosophy which is not based on a respect for life is not a true religion or philosophy.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“There can be no Kingdom of God in the world without the Kingdom of God in our hearts.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“Man has lost the capacity to foresee and to forestall. He will end by destroying the earth.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“Ethics is nothing else than reverence for life.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“Let your life be your argument.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“Not only is example the best way to teach, it is the only way.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

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“Reverence for life is the highest court of appeal.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“It is not enough to merely exist. It’s not enough to say, ‘I’m earning enough to live and support my family. I do my work well. I’m a good parent.’ That’s all very well. But you must do something more.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“The African is my brother but he is my younger brother by several centuries.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“Don’t let your hearts grow numb. Stay alert. It is your soul which matters.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“There is no higher religion than human service.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“When people have light in themselves, it will shine out from them. Then we get to know each other as we walk together in the darkness, without needing to pass our hands over each other’s faces, or to intrude into each other’s hearts.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“If you own something you cannot give away, then you don’t own it, it owns you.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“Aim for service and success will follow!” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“Set a great example. Someone may imitate it.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“One person can and does make a difference.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“For those who sincerely seek the truth should not fear the outcome.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“Life becomes harder for us when we live for others, but it also becomes richer and happier.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“It doesn’t matter if an animal can reason. It matters only that it is capable of suffering and that is why I consider it my neighbor.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“No man need fear death, he need fear only that he may die without having known his greatest power: the power of his free will to give his life for others.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“There slowly grew up in me an unshakable conviction that we have no right to inflict suffering and death on another living creature, unless there is some unavoidable necessity for it.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“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.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“If you truly desire happiness, seek and learn how to serve.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“The only thing of importance, when we depart, will be the traces of love we have left behind.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“Man’s ethics must not end with man, but should extend to the universe. He must regain the consciousness of the great Chain of Life from which he cannot be separated.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“Help me to fling my life like a flaming firebrand into the gathering darkness of the world.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“A good example has twice the value of good advice.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“Wherever you turn, you can find someone who needs you. Even if it is a little thing, do something for which there is no pay but the privilege of doing it. Remember, you don’t live in a world all of your own.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“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.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“The first step in the evolution of ethics is a sense of solidarity with other human beings.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“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.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“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.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“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.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“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.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“Your soul suffers if you live superficially.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“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

“It is through the idealism of youth that man catches sight of truth, and in that idealism he possesses a wealth which he must never exchange for anything else.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“The fellowship of those who bear the mark of pain: who are the members of this Fellowship? Those who have learnt by experience what physical pain and bodily anguish mean, belong together all the world over; they are united by a secret bond.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“Be faithful to your love and you mill be recompensed beyond measure.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“It’s supposed to be a secret, but I’ll tell you anyway. We doctors do nothing. We only help. And encourage the doctor within.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“Ethics is the activity of man directed to secure the inner perfection of his own personality.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“Even if it is a little thing, do something for those who have need of help.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“No ray of sunlight is ever lost, but the green which it awakes into existence needs time to sprout, and it is not always granted to the sower to see the harvest. All work that is worth anything is done in faith.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“You must learn to understand the secret of gratitude. It is more than just so-called virtue. It is revealed to you as a mysterious law of existence. In obedience to it we have to fulfill our destiny.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“Humanitarianism consists in never sacrificing a human being to a purpose.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“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 privilege. Pain is a more terrible lord of mankind than even death itself.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“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.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“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.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“If you study life deeply, its profundity will seize you suddenly with dizziness.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“I look back upon my youth and realize how so many people gave me help, understanding, courage – very important things to me – and they never knew it. They entered into my life and became powers within me.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“Every patient carries her or his own doctor inside.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

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“We are gripped by God’s will of love, and must help carry out that will in this world, in small things as in great things, in saving as in pardoning. To be glad instruments of God’s love in this imperfect world is the service to which we are called.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“Happiness is the only thing that multiplies when you share it.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“The the question whether I am a pessimist or an optimist, I answer that my knowledge is pessimistic, but my willing and hope are optimistic.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“Dare to face the situation… Man has become a superman… But the superman with the superhuman power has not risen to the level of superhuman reason. To the degree which his power grows he becomes more and more a poor man… It must shake up our conscience that we become all the more inhuman the more we grow into superhuman.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“The doctor of the future will be oneself.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

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