Albert Schweitzer

Born: January 14, 1875

Die: September 4, 1965

Occupation: Theologian

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Albert Schweitzer

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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The gratitude ascending from man to God is the supreme transaction between heaven and earth.

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Every patient carries his or her own doctor inside.

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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.

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The only thing of importance, when we depart, will be the traces of love we have left behind.

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The awareness that we are all human beings together has become lost in war and through politics.

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The path of awakening is not about becoming who you are. Rather it is about unbecoming who you are not.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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...

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Ethics, too, are nothing but reverence for life. This is what gives me the fundamental principle of morality, namely, that good consists in maintaining, promoting, and enhancing life, and that destroying,...

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There can be no Kingdom of God in the world without the Kingdom of God in our hearts.

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That's my private ant. You're liable to break its legs.

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Civilization can only revive when there shall come into being in a number of individuals a new tone of mind independent of the one prevalent among the crowd and in opposition to it. A new public opinion...

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Thought is the strongest thing we have.

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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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No one can give a definition of the soul. But we know what it feels like. The soul is the sense of something higher than ourselves, something that stirs in us thoughts, hopes, and aspirations which go...

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Soldiers' graves are the greatest preachers of peace.

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To educate yourself for the feeling of gratitude means to take nothing for granted, but to always seek out and value the kindness that stands behind the action. Nothing that is done for you is a matter...

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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.

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Aim for service and success will follow!

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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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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,...

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

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Civilization can only revive when there shall come into being in a number of individuals a new tone of mind, independent of the prevalent one among the crowds, and in opposition to it - a tone of mind...

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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...

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We need a boundless ethics which will include animals also.

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To affirm life is to deepen, to make more inward, and to exalt the will-to-life. At the same time the man who has become a thinking being feels a compulsion to give every will-to-live the same reverence...

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The future of civilisation depends on our overcoming the meaninglessness and hopelessness that characterizes the thoughts of men today.

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The deeper we look into nature, the more we recognize that it is full of life, and the more profoundly we know that all life is a secret and that we are united with all life that is in nature.

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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...

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Our degeneration, when it is traced back to its origin in our view of the world really consists in the fact that true optimism has vanished unperceived from our midst.

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The three most important ways to lead people are:... by example... by example... by example.

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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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Profound love demands a deep conception and out of this develops reverence for the mystery of life. It brings us close to all beings, to the poorest and smallest as well as all others.

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The ethic of Reverence for Life is the ethic of Love widened into universality.

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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

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If you own something you cannot give away, then you don't own it, it owns you.

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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...

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Seek always to do some good, somewhere... Even if it's a little thing, so something for those that need help, something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it.

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The witch doctor succeeds for the same reason all the rest of us succeed. Each patient carries his or her own doctor inside him or her. They come to us not knowing that truth. We are at our best when we...

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Only those who respect the personality of others can be of real use to them.

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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...

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Anyone who proposes to do good must not expect people to roll stones out of his way, but must accept his lot calmly if they even roll a few more on it. A strength which becomes clearer and stronger through...

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We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.

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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.

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To educate yourself for the feeling of gratitude means to take nothing for granted..

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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...

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Ideals are thoughts. So long as they exist merely as thoughts, the power in them remains ineffective.

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Living truth is that alone which has its origins in thinking. Just as a tree bears year after year the same fruit which is each year new, so must all permanently valuable ideas be continually born again...

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Man can no longer live for himself alone. We must realize that all life is valuable and that we are united to all life. From this knowledge comes our spiritual relationship with the universe.

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No one may shut his eyes to think the pain, which is therefore not visible to him, is non-existent.

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The thinking man must oppose all cruel customs no matter how deeply rooted in tradition or surrounded by a halo. We need a boundless ethics which will include the animals also. My life is full of meaning...

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A man is ethical only when life, as such, is sacred to him.

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To the truly ethical man, all of life is sacred, including forms of life that from the human point of view may seem lower than ours.

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When man learns to respect even the smallest being of creation...nobody has to teach him to love his fellow man. Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character, and it may be...

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We must never allow the voice of humanity within us to be silenced. It is humanity's sympathy with all creatures that first makes us truly human.

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For animals that are overworked, underfed, and cruelly treated; for all wistful creatures in captivity that beat their wings against bars; for any that are hunted or lost or deserted or frightened or hungry;...

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It is a man's sympathy with all creatures that first makes him truly a man.

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Does my behavior in respect of love affect nothing? That is because there is not enough love in me.

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The elemental fact, present in our consciousness every moment of our existence, is: I am life that wills to live, in the midst of life that wills to live.... The essence of the humane spirit is: Preserve...

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Only through love can we obtain communion with God.

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The highest knowledge is to know that we are surrounded by mystery.

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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.

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The only way out of today's misery is for people to become worthy of each other's trust.

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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.

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The doctor of the future will be oneself.

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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.

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We all know how important love is, yet how often is it really emoted or exhibited? What so many sick people in this world suffer from-loneliness, boredom and fear-can't be cured with a pill.

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In the same way as the tree bears the same fruit year after year, but each time new fruit, all lastingly valuable ideas in thinking must always be reborn.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Do something wonderful, people may imitate it.

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

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

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Do not let Sunday be taken from you. If your soul has no Sunday, it becomes an orphan.

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

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

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

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The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.

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An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while a pessimist sees only the red stoplight... the truly wise person is colorblind.

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Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight.

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

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Compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to mankind.

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A man is truly ethical only when he obeys the compulsion to help all life which he is able to assist, and shrinks from injuring anything that lives.

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We are all so much together, but we are all dying of loneliness.

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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.

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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.

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Example is leadership.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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The first step in the evolution of ethics is a sense of solidarity with other human beings.

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Let me give you a definition of ethics: It is good to maintain and further life it is bad to damage and destroy life.

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The African is my brother but he is my younger brother by several centuries.

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

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The willow which bends to the tempest, often escapes better than the oak which resists it; and so in great calamities, it sometimes happens that light and frivolous spirits recover their elasticity and...

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Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now - always.

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

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

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Anyone who proposes to do good must not expect people to roll stones out of his way, but must accept his lot calmly, even if they roll a few stones upon it.

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Ethics is nothing else than reverence for life.

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My life is my argument.

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The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives.

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Day by day we should weigh what we have granted to the spirit of the world against what we have denied to the spirit of Jesus, in thought and especially in deed.

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As soon as man does not take his existence for granted, but beholds it as something unfathomably mysterious, thought begins.

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Man is a clever animal who behaves like an imbecile.

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

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Serious illness doesn't bother me for long because I am too inhospitable a host.

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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.

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I have always held firmly to the thought that each one of us can do a little to bring some portion of misery to an end.

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If a man loses his reverence for any part of life, he will lose his reverence for all of life.

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Man can hardly even recognize the devils of his own creation.

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Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him.

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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 affords me my fundamental principle of morality.

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I wanted to be a doctor that I might be able to work without having to talk because for years I had been giving myself out in words.

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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.

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We cannot possibly let ourselves get frozen into regarding everyone we do not know as an absolute stranger.

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Reverence for life is the highest court of appeal.

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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.

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Impart as much as you can of your spiritual being to those who are on the road with you, and accept as something precious what comes back to you from them.

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Never say there is nothing beautiful in the world anymore. There is always something to make you wonder in the shape of a tree, the trembling of a leaf.

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Everything deep is also simple and can be reproduced simply as long as its reference to the whole truth is maintained. But what matters is not what is witty but what is true.

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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....

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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.

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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.

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Whoever is spared personal pain must feel himself called to help in diminishing the pain of others. We must all carry our share of the misery which lies upon the world.

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What really matters is that we should all of us realize that we are guilty of inhumanity. The horror of this realization should shakes us out of our lethargy so that we can direct our hopes and our intentions...

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Ethical existence [is] the highest manifestation of spirituality.

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Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude.

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The gratitude that we encounter helps us believe in the goodness of the world, and strengthens us thereby to do what's good.

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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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A man who possesses a veneration of life will not simply say his prayers. He will throw himself into the battle to preserve life, if for no other reason than that he himself is an extension of life around...

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There is so much coldness because we do not dare to be as cordial as we are.

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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...

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The great fault of all ethics hitherto has been that they believed themselves to have to deal only with the relations of man to man. In reality, however, the question is what is his attitude to the world...

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It's not enough merely to exist. Every man has to seek in his own way to make his own self more noble and to relize his own true worth.

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Think with great gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.

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The interior joy we feel when we have done a good deed is the nourishment the soul requires.

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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.

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

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But merely accepting authoritarian truth, even if that truth has some virtue, does not bring skepticism to an end. To blindly accept a truth one has never reflected upon retards the advance of reason....

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Any religion or philosophy which is not based on a respect for life is not a true religion or philosophy.

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All people are endowed with the faculty of compassion, and for this reason can develop the humanitarian spirit.

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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.

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Jesus means something to our world because a mighty spiritual force streams forth from him and flows through our being also. This fact can neither be shaken nor confirmed by any historical discovery. It...

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The fundamental rights of [humanity] are, first: the right of habitation; second, the right to move freely; third, the right to the soil and subsoil, and to the use of it; fourth, the right of freedom...

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Because I have confidence in the power of truth and in the spirit, I believe in the future of mankind. Affirmation of the world and of life contains within itself an optimistic willing and hoping which...

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Ethics is in its unqualified form extended responsibility to everything that has life.

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The highest knowledge is to know that we are surrounded by mystery. Neither knowledge nor hope for the future can be the pivot of our life or determine its direction. It is intended to be solely determined...

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He comes to us as One unknown, without a name, as of old, by the lakeside, He came to those men who knew Him not. He speaks to us the same words: "Follow thou me!" and sets us to the tasks which He has...

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

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The mistake made by all previous systems of ethics has been the failure to recognize that life as such is the mysterious value with which they have to deal. All spiritual life meets us within natural life....

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If you study life deeply, its profundity will seize you suddenly with dizziness.

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Love is the only thing that increases twofold every time it is shared.

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What we call love is in its essence reverence for life.

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Pain is a more terrible lord of mankind than even death itself.

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Love ... is a living reality.

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He who does not reflect his life back to God in gratitude does not know himself.

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Sincerity is the foundation of the spiritual life.

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Your soul suffers if you live superficially.

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Every kind of service necessary to the public good becomes honorable by being necessary.

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Where possible Paul avoids quoting the teaching of Jesus, in fact even mentioning it. If we had to rely on Paul, we should not know that Jesus taught in parables, had delivered the sermon on the mount,...

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We are compelled by the commandment of love contained in our hearts and thought, and proclaimed by Jesus, to give rein to our natural sympathy for animals. We are also compelled to help them and spare...

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Don't let your hearts grow numb. Stay alert. It is your soul which matters.

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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...

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Happiness is the only thing that multiplies when you share it.

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

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Every person I have known who has been truly happy has learned how to serve others.

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The result of the voyage does not depend on the speed of the ship, but on whether or not it keeps a true course.

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We ought all to make an effort to act on our first thoughts and let our unspoken gratitude find expression. Then there will be more sunshine in the world, and more power to work for what is good.

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Whatever you have received more than others-in health, in talents, in ability, in success, in a pleasant childhood, in harmonious conditions of home life-all this you must not take to yourself as a matter...

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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, harm, or to hinder life is evil. Affirmation...

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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.

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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...

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Not only is example the best way to teach, it is the only way.

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Joy, sorrow, tears, lamentation, laughter -- to all these music gives voice

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Your life is something opaque, not transparent, as long as you look at it in an ordinary human way. But if you hold it up against the light of God's goodness, it shines and turns transparent, radiant and...

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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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One person can and does make a difference.

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Animal protection is education to the humanity.

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If the extension of your compassion does not include all living beings, then you will be unable to find peace by yourself.

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Every patient carries her or his own doctor inside.

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Hear our humble prayer, O God. Make us, ourselves, to be true friends to the animals.

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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...

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Joy, sorrow, tears, lamentation, laughter -- to all these music gives voice, but in such a way that we are transported from the world of unrest to a world of peace, and see reality in a new way, as if...

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Let your life be your argument.

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The quiet conscience is an invention of the devil.

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The time will come when public opinion will no longer tolerate amusements based on the mistreatment and killing of animals. The time will come, but when? When will we reach the point that hunting, the...

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We cannot understand what happens in the universe. What is glorious in it is united with what is full of horror. What is full of meaning is united to what is senseless. The spirit of the universe is at...

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The last fact which knowledge can discover is that the world is a manifestation, and in every way a puzzling manifestation, of the universal will to live.

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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...

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Faith which refuses to face indisputable facts is but little faith. Truth is always gain, however hard it is to accommodate ourselves to it. To linger in any kind of untruth proves to be a departure from...

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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....

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I do not want to frighten you by telling you about the temptations life will bring. Anyone who is healthy in spirit will overcome them. But there is something I want you to realize. It does not matter...

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To the man who is truly ethical all life is sacred, including that which from the human point of view seems lower in the scale. He makes distinctions only as each case comes before him, and under the pressure...

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Within every patient there resides a doctor, and we as physicians are at our best when we we put our patients in touch with the doctor inside themselves.

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I decided that I would make my life my argument,

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Anyone who has accustomed himself to regard the life of any living creature as worthless is in danger of arriving also at the idea of worthless human lives.

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Albert Schweitzer

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...

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Albert Schweitzer

Thought cannot avoid the ethical or reverence and love for all life. It will abandon the old confined systems of ethics and be forced to recognize the ethics that knows no bounds. But on the other hand,...

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Albert Schweitzer

From naive simplicity we arrive at more profound simplicity.

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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.

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Albert Schweitzer

I am conscious that meat eatingis not in accordance with the finer feelings,and I abstain from it whenever I can.

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Albert Schweitzer

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.'

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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.

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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.

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Albert Schweitzer

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.

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Albert Schweitzer

If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.

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Albert Schweitzer

Let us rejoice in the truth, wherever we find its lamp burning.

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Albert Schweitzer

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

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Albert Schweitzer

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

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Albert Schweitzer

I am life that wants to live, in the midst of life that wants to live.

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Albert Schweitzer

To work for the common good is the greatest creed.

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Albert Schweitzer

Most men are scantily nourished on a modicum of happiness and a number of empty thoughts which life lays on their plates. They are kept in the road of life through stern necessity by elemental duties which...

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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...

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Albert Schweitzer

By ethical conduct toward all creatures, we enter into a spiritual relationship with the universe.

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Albert Schweitzer

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...

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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.

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Albert Schweitzer

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...

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Albert Schweitzer

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

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Albert Schweitzer

In the past we have tried to make a distinction between animals which we acknowledge have some value and other which, having none, can be liquidated when we wish. This standard must be abandoned. Everything...

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Albert Schweitzer

Open your eyes and look for some man, or some work for the sake of men, which needs a little time, a little friendship, a little sympathy, a little sociability, a little human toil....It is needed in every...

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Albert Schweitzer

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.

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Albert Schweitzer

By respect for life we become religious in a way that is elementary, profound and alive. Impart as much as you can of your spiritual being to those who are on the road with you, and accept as something...

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Albert Schweitzer

Late upon the third day, at the very moment when, at sunset . . . there flashed upon my mind, unforseen and unsought, the phrase 'Reverence for Life'.

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Albert Schweitzer

Reverence for life . . . does not allow the scholar to live for his science alone, even if he is very useful . . . the artist to exist only for his art, even if he gives inspiration to many. . . . It refuses...

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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.

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Albert Schweitzer

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.

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Albert Schweitzer

...try to tell the people of America about Dr. Gerson's merits and ...results...I wish you the best in your difficult task.

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Albert Schweitzer

O heavenly Father, protect and bless all things that have breath: guard them from all evil and let them sleep in peace.

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Albert Schweitzer

Eventually all things fall into place. Until then, laugh at the confusion, live for the moments, and know EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON.

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Albert Schweitzer

You don't live in a world all alone. Your brothers are here too.

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Albert Schweitzer

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,...

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Albert Schweitzer

It is only through love that we can attain to communion with God. All living knowledge of God rests upon this foundation: that we experience him in our lives as Will-to-love.

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Albert Schweitzer

A thinking man feels compelled to approach all life with the same reverence he has for his own.

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Albert Schweitzer

My view is that we stand up for treating the animals in a considerate way, for completely renouncing the eating of meat and also for speaking out against it. This is what I do myself. And in this way many...

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Albert Schweitzer

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...

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Albert Schweitzer

If there is anything I have learned about men and women, it is that there is a deeper spirit of altruism than is ever evident. Just as the rivers we see are minor compared to the underground streams, so,...

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Albert Schweitzer

What does Reverence for Life say abut the relations between [humanity] and the animal world? Whenever I injury any kind of life I must be quite certain that it is necessary. I must never go beyond the...

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Albert Schweitzer

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...

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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.

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Albert Schweitzer

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

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