Albert Schweitzer Quotes

Who is Albert Schweitzer?

Ludwig Philipp Albert Schweitzer was a German doctor, polymath and philanthropist.

Born January 14, 1875
Died September 04, 1965

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Best 28 Quotes by Albert Schweitzer

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

“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.”

“Do something wonderful, people may imitate it.”

“Example is leadership.”

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

“Grow into your ideals, so that life can never rob you of them.”

“I decided that I would make my life my argument.”

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“I don’t 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.”

“If you love something so much – let it go. If it comes back it was meant to be; if it doesn’t it never was.”

“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.”

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

“It is the fate of every truth to be an object of ridicule when it is first acclaimed.”

“It is the primary role of the physician, whether the African witch doctor or the modern doctor, to entertain the patient while secretly waiting for nature to heal the disease.”

“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 realize his own true worth.”

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

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

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“One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”


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“Man is a clever animal who behaves like an imbecile.”

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

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success.”

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”

“The most important thing in education is to make young people think for themselves.”

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

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

“There are two means of refuge from the misery of life – music and cats.”

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

“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.”

“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.”

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

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