Words of wisdom to uplift your soul from humanitarian Dr. Albert Schweitzer


Albert Schweitzer was a venerable French-German writer, humanitarian, medical missionary, theologian, physician, organist and philosopher. He was the founder of Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Gabon. He is also renowned for being an organist and music scholar.


  • “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.”

  • “Eventually all things fall into place. Until then, laugh at the confusion, live for the moments, and know EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON.”

  • “We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace.”

  • “Joy, sorrow, tears, lamentation, laughter — to all these music gives voice, but in such a way that we are transported from the world of unrest to a world of peace, and see reality in a new way, as if we were sitting by a mountain lake and contemplating hills and woods and clouds in the tranquil and fathomless water.” 

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

  • “The only thing of importance, when we depart, will be the traces of love we have left behind.” 

  • “In the hopes of reaching the moon men fail to see the flowers that blossom at their feet.”

  • “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. The soul is a burning desire to breathe in this world of light and never to lose it–to remain children of light.” 

  • “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.” 

  • “The thinking (person) must oppose all cruel customs, no matter how deeply rooted in tradition and surrounded by a halo. When we have a choice, we must avoid bringing torment and injury into the life of another.” 

  • “The greatest discovery of any generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering the attitudes of their minds.” 

  • “The tragedy in a man’s life is what dies inside of him while he lives.”

  • “Do something wonderful, people may imitate it.” 

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

  • “Seek always to do some good, somewhere… Even if it’s a little thing, so something for those that need help, something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it.” 

  • “Man can no longer live for himself alone. We must realize that all life is valuable and that we are united to all life. From this knowledge comes our spiritual relationship with the universe.”

  • “For animals that are overworked, underfed, and cruelly treated; for all wistful creatures in captivity that beat their wings against bars; for any that are hunted or lost or deserted or frightened or hungry; for all that must be put to death…and for those who deal with them we ask a heart of compassion and gentle hands and kindly words.”


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Source:  https://quotes.thefamouspeople.com/albert-schweitzer-266.php

2 Comments Add yours

  1. LindaP says:

    I so love his quote about the soul! Definitely soul stirring quotes! Thanks Amira!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much Linda! He was such an example of humanity, and kindness…<3


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