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       Albert Schweitzer
       1875-1965
      
       Albert Schweitzer was born into an Alsatian family which for generations had been devoted to religion, music, and education. His father and maternal grandfather were ministers; both of his grandfathers were talented organists; many of his relatives were persons of scholarly attainments.
      
       Having decided to go to Africa as a medical missionary rather than as a pastor, Schweitzer in 1905 began the study of medicine at the University of Strasbourg. In 1913, having obtained his M.D. degree, he founded his hospital at Lambarene in French Equatorial Africa, but in 1917 he and his wife were sent to a French internment camp as prisoners of war. Released in 1918, Schweitzer spent the next six years in Europe, preaching in his old church, giving lectures and concerts.


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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.

    Topics: Achievement

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.

    Topics: Achievement

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

    Topics: Adversity, Strength, Overcoming

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.

    Topics: Blessings, Beauty

The true worth of a man is not to be found in man himself, but in the colours and textures that come alive in others.

    Topics: Character

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.

    Topics: Compassion

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.

    Topics: Compassion, Friendship

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

    Topics: Compassion, Life, Helping

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

    Topics: Compassion, Peace

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.

    Topics: Friendship, Gratitude, Light

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.

    Topics: Friendship, Fire, Thankfulness

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.

    Topics: Friendship

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