Quotes for
the Journey:

Albert
Schweitzer



Wherever you turn you can
find someone who needs you.

   

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.

   

The willow which bends to the tempest, often escapes better than the oak which resists it; and so in great calamities, it sometimes happens that light and frivolous spirits recover their elasticity and presence of mind sooner than those of a loftier character.

   
It is not enough merely to exist.  It's not enough to say, "I'm earning enough to support my family.  I do my work well. I'm a good father, husband, mother, wife, churchgoer."  That's all very well.  But you must do something more.  Seek always to do some good, somewhere.  Every person has to seek in his or her own way to realize his or her true worth.  You must give some time to your fellow human beings.  For remember, you don't live in a world all your own.  Your brothers and sisters are here, too.
   

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

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

Great values are lost at every moment because we miss opportunities, but the values that are turned into will and action constitute a richness that must not be undervalued.  Our humanity is by no means as materialistic as people claim so complacently.
    
One is truly ethical only when one obeys the compulsion to help all life which he or she is able to assist, and shrinks from injuring anything that lives.
   
Affirmation of life is the spiritual act by which people cease to live unreflectively and begin to devote themselves to their lives with reverence in order to raise them to their true value. To affirm life is to deepen, to make more inward, and to exalt the will-to-live.
   
Anyone who proposes to do good must not expect people to roll stones out of the way, but must accept his or her lot calmly, even if they roll a few stones upon it.
  
A great secret of success is to go through life as a person who never gets used up.
  
It was quite incomprehensible to me--this was before I began going to school--why in my evening prayers I should pray for human beings only.  So when my mother had prayed with me and had kissed me goodnight, I used to add silently a prayer that I had composed myself for all living creatures.  It ran thus:  "O, heavenly Father, protect and bless all things that have breath; guard them from all evil, and let them sleep in peace."
  

   
One can do only what one can do.  But if someone does that each day he or she can sleep at night and do it again the next day.
    
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.
   
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.
     
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.
  
One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.
   
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.
   
Those who thank God much are the truly wealthy.  So our inner happiness depends not on what we experience but on the degree of our gratitude to God, whatever the experience.  Your life is something opaque, not transparent, as long as you look at it in an ordinary human way.  But if you hold it up against the light of God's goodness, it shines and turns transparent, radiant and bright.  And then you ask yourself in amazement:  Is this really my own life I see before me?
    

   
I want to be a simple human being, doing something small in the spirit of Jesus . . . .  "What you have done to the least of these my brethren you have done to me."  Just as the wind is driven to spend its force in the big empty spaces so must the people who know the laws of the spirit go where we are most needed.
   
When in the spring the withered gray of the pastures gives place to green, this is due to the millions of young shoots which sprout up freshly from the old roots.  In like manner the revival of thought which is essential for our time can only come through a transformation of the opinions and ideals of the many brought about by individual and universal reflection about the meaning of life and of the world.
  

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