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Born on January 14 in 1875, Albert Schweitzer would go on to become one of the world's most impressive and revered physicians, philosophers, and medical missionaries, and a man that would go on to win the Nobel Prize in 1952 for his work "Reference for Life." Born in Germany (but holding both German and French citizenship throughout his life), Albert was drawn to both the musical world as well as the land of academia from a young age - two passions that he held dearly close to his heart until the day he died in September 1965. His education began underneath his father (a pastor) who used to break up his lessons by teaching him how to play music on the church organ. In 1893 he began to study Protestant theology in a German university, and continued to practice his piano and organ playing while taking lessons from some of the best musicians and teachers in the country. Completing his theology degree (as well as receiving his PhD in theology) in 1899, he was certain that his license was to serve mankind, to serve Jesus Christ, and to help everyone and anyone he came in contact with. Writing books that were at the time considerably controversial (including The Quest of the Historical Jesus), he continued to examine theology through a new lens that would go on to shape and inform theologians for years and years to come. Armed with a medical degree (that he successfully achieved in 1912), he also worked to become a doctor in Gabone, Africa -  a location that would become his final resting place.

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

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.
Albert Schweitzer

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

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

Man is a clever animal who behaves like an imbecile.
Albert Schweitzer

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

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.
Albert Schweitzer

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.
Albert Schweitzer

From naive simplicity we arrive at more profound simplicity.
Albert Schweitzer

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.
Albert Schweitzer

Anyone who proposes to do good must not expect people to roll stones out of his way, but
must accept his lot calmly if they even roll a few more upon it.
Albert Schweitzer

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

Serious illness doesn't bother me for long because I am too inhospitable a host.
Albert Schweitzer

There are two means of refuge from the misery of life - music and cats.
Albert Schweitzer

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.
Albert Schweitzer

You must give 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.
Albert Schweitzer

Eventually all things fall into place. Until then, laugh at the confusion, live for the moments,
and know Everything happens for reason.
Albert Schweitzer

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.
Albert Schweitzer

The beginning of all spiritual life of any real value is courageous faith in truth.
Albert Schweitzer

It is through the idealism of youth that man catches sight of truth, and in that idealism he
possesses a wealth which he
must never exchange for anything else.
Albert Schweitzer

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."
Albert Schweitzer

The most important thing in education is to make young people think for themselves.
Albert Schweitzer

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

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.
Albert Schweitzer

Whoever is spared personal pain must feel himself called to help in diminishing the pain of
others.
Albert Schweitzer

As we acquire more knowledge, things do not become more comprehensible but more
mysterious.
Albert Schweitzer

Love includes fellowship in suffering, in joy and in effort.
Albert Schweitzer

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.
Albert Schweitzer

Do something wonderful, people may imitate it.
Albert Schweitzer

No one can give a definition of the soul. But we know what it feels like. The soul is the sense
of something higher than
ourselves, something that stirs in us thoughts, hopes, and
aspirations which go out to the world of goodness, truth and
beauty.
Albert Schweitzer

Example is leadership.
Albert Schweitzer

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 relize his
own true worth.
Albert Schweitzer

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