Albert Schweitzer Quotes

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Albert Schweitzer Quotes

Creative energy is the essence of all healing ... We physicians do nothing, we only help and encourage the physician within.
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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

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

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The fundamental principle of morality which we seek as a necessity for thought is not, however, a matter only of arranging and deepening current views of good and evil, but also of expanding and extending these. A man is really ethical only when he obeys the constraint laid on him to help all life which he is able to succour, and when he goes out of his way to avoid injuring anything living. He does not ask how far this or that life deserves sympathy as valuable in itself, nor how far it is capable of feeling. To him life as such is sacred. He shatters no ice crystal that sparkles in the sun, tears no leaf from its tree, breaks off no flower, and is careful not to crush any insect as he walks. If he works by lamplight on a summer evening, he prefers to keep the window shut and to breathe stifling air, rather than to see insect after insect fall on his table with singed and sinking wings.

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Example is leadership.

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Ethics is the activity of man directed to secure the inner perfection of his own personality.

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Reverence for life is the highest court of appeal.

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Set a great example. Someone may imitate it.

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The harvested fields bathed in the autumn mist speak of God and his goodness far more vividly than any human lips.

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Truth has not special time of its own. Its hour is now - always and, indeed then most truly, when it seems unsuitable to actual circumstances.

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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.

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You ask me for a motto. Here it is: SERVICE.

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The most difficult thing I have ever had to do is follow the guidance I prayed for.

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Preservation of life is the only true joy.

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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.

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Affirmation of the world, which means affirmation of the will-to-live that manifests itself around me, is only possible if I devote myself to other life.

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Today ... we know that all living beings who strive to maintain life and who long to be spared pain - all living beings on earth - are our neighbors.

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The Christ of Theology is not alive for us today. He is wrapped in the grave cloths of dogma.

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Mysticism occurs whenever a human being sees the separation between the natural and the supernatural, between the temporal and the eternal, as overcome.

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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.

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There is so much coldness because we do not dare to be as cordial as we are
Just as the wave cannot exist for itself but must always participate in the swell of the ocean so we can never experience our lives by ourselves but must always share the experiencing of life that takes place all around us.

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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.

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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.

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I must forgive without noise or fuss.

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Love ... is a living reality.

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