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Serious illness doesn’t bother me for long because I am too inhospitable a host.
– Albert Schweitzer
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.
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.
Man has lost the capacity to foresee and to forestall. He will end by destroying the earth.
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.
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.
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 highest proof of the spirit is love. Love the eternal thing which can already on earth possess as it really is.
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.
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.
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.
Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.
Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
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.
Reverence for life is the highest court of appeal.
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.
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.
Do something for somebody everyday for which you do not get paid.
We are all so much together, but we are all dying of loneliness.
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.
Ethics is nothing else than reverence for life.
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.