Albert Schweitzer
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"Albert Schweitzer", Order of Merit/OM was a German—and later French—theologian, organist, philosopher, physician, and medical missionary in Africa, also known for his historical work on Jesus. He was born in the province of Alsace-Lorraine, at that time part of the German Empire, considered himself French and wrote mostly in French. Schweitzer, a Lutheran, challenged both the secular view of historical Jesus/Jesus as depicted by historical-critical methodology current at this time in certain academic circles, as well as the traditional Christian view.

He received the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize for his philosophy of "Reverence for Life", expressed in many ways, but most famously in founding and sustaining the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Lambaréné, now in Gabon, west central Africa (then French Equatorial Africa). As a music scholar and organist, he studied the music of German composer Johann Sebastian Bach and influenced the Organ reform movement (Orgelbewegung).

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

Do something wonderful, people may imitate it.

Every patient carries her or his own doctor inside.

Never say there is nothing beautiful in the world anymore. There is always something to make you wonder in the shape of a tree, the trembling of a leaf.

Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now - always.

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

There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.

You don't live in a world all alone. Your brothers are here too.

Therefore search and see if there is not some place where you may invest your humanity.

Happiness? That's nothing more than a good health and a poor memory.

I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.

Truth has not special time of its own. Its hour is now - always and indeed then most truly when it seems unsuitable to actual circumstances.

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

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.

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

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

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.

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

Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace.

Grow into your ideals so that life cannot rob you of them.

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.

The spirit of the age is filled with the disdain for thinking.

The tragedy of life is not that we die, but is rather, what dies inside a man while he lives.

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.

Reverence for life brings us into a spiritual relation with the world which is independent of all knowledge of the universe.

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

Example is leadership.