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Top 21 Quotes of Albert Schweitzer

Albert Schweitzer

Albert Schweitzer (1875–1955) was an Alsatian-German religious philosopher, musicologist, and African medical missionary. He was best known for establishing the Schweitzer Hospital, which provided unprecedented medical care to the people of Lambaréné, Gabon.

Albert Schweitzer was born on January 14, 1875, in Kaysersberg, Alsace, France, the son of an Evangelical Lutheran minister. Albert grew up in a comfortable and happy environment. When he was about eight years old, he had an experience that shaped his life. He reluctantly aimed his slingshot at several birds at the strong urging of another lad, which, as he later wrote, “sang sweetly into the morning sunshine,” he was moved, and he “made a silent vow to miss.” At that moment, the sound of church bells began to blend with the sunshine and bird song… It sounded like a voice from heaven to me. I tossed my slingshot aside, shooed the birds away to protect them from my friend’s slingshot, and ran home.”

Albert Schweitzer
Albert Schweitzer

21 Quotes of 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

“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

” 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

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

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

” The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve. “-  Albert Schweitzer

” 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. “-  Albert Schweitzer

” The true worth of a man is not to be found in the man himself, but in the colors and textures that come alive in others. “-  Albert Schweitzer

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

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

” We are all so much together, but we are all dying of loneliness. “-  Albert Schweitzer

” 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. “-  Albert Schweitzer

” 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. “-  Albert Schweitzer

” 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. “-  Albert Schweitzer

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

” 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. “-  Albert Schweitzer

” A great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up. “-  Albert Schweitzer

” 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. “-  Albert Schweitzer

” 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. “-  Albert Schweitzer

” Serious illness doesn’t bother me for long because I am too inhospitable a host. “-  Albert Schweitzer