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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
  

  Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

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

  Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

  Man is a clever animal who behaves like an imbecile.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

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

  I dont know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: The ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

  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.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

  From naive simplicity we arrive at more profound simplicity.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

  An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while a pessimist sees only the red stoplight. The truly wise person is color-blind.  
 -  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 if they even roll a few more upon it.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

  A man does not have to be an angel in order to be a saint.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

  Serious illness doesnt bother me for long because I am too inhospitable a host.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

  There are two means of refuge from the misery of life - music and cats.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

  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.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

  You must give time to your fellow men. Even if it is a little thing, do something for others. Something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

  Eventually all things fall into place. Until then, laugh at the confusion, live for the moments, and know Everything happens for reason.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

  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.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

  The beginning of all spiritual life of any real value is courageous faith in truth.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

  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.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

  In case my life should end with cannibals, I hope they will write on my tombstone: 'We have eaten Dr Schweitzer. He was good to the end.'  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

  The most important thing in education is to make young people think for themselves.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

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

  To the man who is truly ethical all life is sacred, including that which from the human point of view seems lower on the scale.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

  Whoever is spared personal pain must feel himself called to help in diminishing the pain of others.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

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

  Love includes fellowship in suffering, in joy and in effort.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

  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.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

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

  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 out to the world of goodness, truth and beauty.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

  Example is leadership.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

  It is not enough merely to exist. Every man has to seek in his own way to make his own self more noble and to realize his own true worth.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

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

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

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

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

  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.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

  If you love something so much - let it go. If it comes back it was meant to be; if it doesnt it never was.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

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

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

  There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

  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 to the coming of an era in which war will have no place.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

  It is the fate of every truth to be an object of ridicule when it is first acclaimed.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

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

  Grow into your ideals, so that life can never rob you of them.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

  The greatest discovery of any generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering the attitudes of their minds.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

  I decided that I would make my life my argument.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

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

  One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.  
 -  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 that lives has value simply as a living thing, as one of the manifestations of the mystery that is life.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

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

  The greatest thing is to give thanks for everything. He who has learned this knows what it means to live.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

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

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

  No ray of sunshine is ever lost but the green that it awakens takes time to sprout, and it is not always given the sower to see the harvest.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

  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 another.  
 -  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
  

  Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now. Always.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

  A man can do only what a man can do. But if he does that each day he can sleep at night and do it again the next day.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

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

  The quiet conscience is an invention of the devil.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

  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, injuring, and limiting life are evil.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

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

  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 to make the whole world recognize it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

  Start early to instill in your students awareness that they are on this earth to help and serve others; that is as important to pass on to them as knowledge.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

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

  With a little reason and much heart, one can change many things, or move mountains.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

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

  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 we were sitting by a mountain lake and contemplating hills and woods and clouds in the tranquil and fathomless water.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

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

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

  Man is a clever animal who behaves like an imbecile.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

  There are two means of refuge from the misery of life - music and cats.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

  The most important thing in education is to make young people think for themselves.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

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

  Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

  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
  

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

  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, injuring, and limiting life are evil.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

  Example is leadership.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

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

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

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

  With a little reason and much heart, one can change many things, or move mountains.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

  An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while a pessimist sees only the red stoplight. The truly wise person is color-blind.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

  There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed.  
 -  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
  

  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
  

  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.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

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

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

  A man does not have to be an angel in order to be a saint.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

  I decided that I would make my life my argument.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

  The quiet conscience is an invention of the devil.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

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

  Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

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

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

  Eventually all things fall into place. Until then, laugh at the confusion, live for the moments, and know Everything happens for reason.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

  There are two means of refuge from the misery of life - music and cats.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

  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 we were sitting by a mountain lake and contemplating hills and woods and clouds in the tranquil and fathomless water.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

  An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while a pessimist sees only the red stoplight. The truly wise person is color-blind.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

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

  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.  
 -  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.'  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

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

  You must not expect anything from others. It's you, of yourself, of whom you must ask a lot. Only from oneself has one the right to ask everything and anything. This way it's up to you...your own choices...what you get from others remains a present, a gift.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

  You must not expect anything from others. It's you, of yourself, of whom you must ask a lot. Only from oneself has one the right to ask everything and anything. This way it's up to you...your own choices...what you get from others remains a present, a gift.  
 -  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.'  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

  The wish for healing has always been half of health.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

  Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

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

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

  This new form of activity medicine I could not represent to myself as talking about the religion of love, but only as an actual putting it into practice.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

  Modesty forbids what the law does not.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

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

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

  The only progress that knowledge allows is in enabling us to describe more and more in detail the world we see and its evolution. What matters in a world-view is to grasp the meaning and purpose of everything, and that we cannot do.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

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

  In war, when a commander becomes so bereft of reason and perspective that he fails to understand the dependence of arms on Divine guidance, he no longer deserves victory.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer