Albert Schweitzer Quotes

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

Ethics is nothing else than reverence for life

In the hope of reaching the moon men fail to see the flowers that blossom at their feet

The man who has become a thinking being feels a compulsion to give every will-to-live the same reverence for life that he gives to his own. He experiences that other life in his own.

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

Thought is the strongest thing we have. Work done by true and profound thought – that is a real force.

Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory

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.

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

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

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.

From naive simplicity we arrive at more profound simplicity.

The quiet conscience is an invention of the devil.

It is a man’s sympathy with all creatures that truly makes him a man. Until he extends his circle of compassion to all living things, man himself will not find peace.

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

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

True philosophy must start from the most immediate and comprehensive fact of consciousness: “I am life that wants to live, in the midst of life that wants to live.”

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