Albert Schweitzer Quotes

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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.
Albert Schweitzer
Man can hardly even recognize the devils of his own creation.
Albert Schweitzer
Ethics is the activity of man directed to secure the inner perfection of his own personality.
Albert Schweitzer (The Philosophy of Civilization, 1923)
The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives.
Albert Schweitzer
Do something wonderful, people may imitate it. 
Albert Schweitzer
You don't live in a world all alone. Your brothers are here too.
Albert Schweitzer
Man is a clever animal who behaves like an imbecile.
Albert Schweitzer
The awareness that we are all human beings together has become lost in war and through politics.
Albert Schweitzer (Radio Message in Norway, 1958)
We are all so much together, but we are all dying of loneliness.
Albert Schweitzer
By respect for life we become religious in a way that is elementary, profound and alive.
Albert Schweitzer (Quoted in An Anthology, 1956)
Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him.
Albert Schweitzer
In the hopes of reaching the moon men fail to see the flowers that blossom at their feet.
Albert Schweitzer (Interview with the Governor of Gabon, 1958)
It is the fate of every truth to be an object of ridicule when it is first acclaimed. 
Albert Schweitzer (The Philosophy of Civilization, 1923)
Every patient carries her or his own doctor inside.
Albert Schweitzer
Do something for somebody everyday for which you do not get paid. 
Albert Schweitzer
The purpose of human life is to serve and to show compassion and the will to help others.
Albert Schweitzer
If a man loses his reverence for any part of life, he will lose his reverence for all of life.
Albert Schweitzer
A great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up.
Albert Schweitzer (Memoirs of Childhood and Youth, 1925)
Life becomes harder for us when we live for others, but it also becomes richer and happier.
Albert Schweitzer
Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
Albert Schweitzer


A man does not have to be an angel in order to be a saint.
Albert Schweitzer
Ethics is in its unqualified form extended responsibility to everything that has life.
Albert Schweitzer (The Philosophy of Civilization, 1923)
Grow into your ideals so that life cannot rob you of them.
Albert Schweitzer
Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight.
Albert Schweitzer
Therefore search and see if there is not some place where you may invest your humanity.
Albert Schweitzer (Quoted in An Anthology, 1956)
Don't let your hearts grow numb. Stay alert.
Albert Schweitzer (Reverence for Life, 1969)
We cannot possibly let ourselves get frozen into regarding everyone we do not know as an absolute stranger. 
Albert Schweitzer (Memoirs of Childhood and Youth, 1925)
I am in complete disagreement with the spirit of our age, because it is filled with contempt for thought.
Albert Schweitzer (Out of My Life and Thought, 1933)
As soon as man does not take his existence for granted, but beholds it as something unfathomably mysterious, thought begins. 
Albert Schweitzer (Quoted in The Words of Albert Schweitzer, 1984)
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. 
Albert Schweitzer
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Albert Schweitzer Biography

Born: January 14, 1875
Died: September 4, 1965

Albert Schweitzer was an German theologian and philosopher. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1952.

Notable Works

The Quest for the Historical Jesus (1906)
Memoirs of Childhood and Youth
(1925)
Out of My Life and Thought
(1933)

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