365) Quotations by Albert Schweitzer

Albert Schweitzer

Theologian, Musician, Medical Missionary

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

Do not let Sunday be taken from you.  If your soul has no Sunday, it becomes an orphan.

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

My life is my argument.

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.

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…  We must all carry our share of the misery which lies upon the world.

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.

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

Life becomes harder for us when we live for others, but it also becomes richer and happier.

Man is a clever animal who behaves like an imbecile.

The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.  Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him.


I Peter 4:10  —  Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.

I Peter 4:11b  —  If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. 

Matthew 20:26b…28a  —  (Jesus said), “…Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,… just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve…”


MORNING PRAYER by Walter Rauschenbusch:  Once more a new day lies before us, our Father.  As we go out among others to do our work, touching the lives of our fellows, make us, we pray, friends of all the world.  Save us from blighting any heart by the flare of sudden anger or secret hate.  May we not bruise the rightful self-respect of anyone by contempt or malice.  Help us to cheer the suffering by our sympathy, to freshen the despairing by our hopefulness, and to strengthen in all the wholesome sense of worth and the joy of life…  Grant that we may look all people in the face with the eyes of a brother or a sister.  If anyone needs us, make us ready to yield our help ungrudgingly, unless higher duties claim us.  May we rejoice that we have been abundantly blessed by you, and are thus able to be helpful to our fellowmen.  Amen.