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Quotes of the Day for 14 January 2002 – Albert Schweitzer

Albert Schweitzer was born on this day in 1875 at Kayersberg in Upper Alsace. (Alsace lies between France and Germany and is ruled by whoever won the last war. In 1875 it was Germany, now it is France.) A pastor, philosopher, musician, and physician missionary, Dr Schweitzer lived 90 years and saved countless lives. Today we have a few comments he made along the way.

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The quotes:

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

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

Reverence for life affords me my fundamental principle of morality.

As soon as man does not take his existence for granted, but beholds it as something unfathomably mysterious, thought begins.

Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.
     - Today's quotes are from Albert Schweitzer, 1875 - 1965

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