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#34200 Albert Schweitzer

The great fault of all ethics hitherto has been that they believed themselves to have to deal only with the relations of man to man. In reality, however, the question is what is his attitude to the world and all life that comes within his reach. .

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#34201 Albert Schweitzer

What has been presented as Christianity during these nineteen centuries is only a beginning, full of mistakes, not full blown Christianity springing from the spirit of . .

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#34202 Albert Schweitzer

Every start upon an untrodden path is a venture which only in unusual circumstances looks sensible and likely to be successful. .

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#34203 Albert Schweitzer

The great fault of all ethics hitherto has been that they believed themselves to have to deal only with the relations of man to man. In reality, however, the question is what is his attitude to the world and all life that comes within his reach. A man is ethical only when life, as such, is sacred to him, and that of plants and animals as that of his fellow men, and when he devotes himself helpfully to all life that is in need of help. Only the universal ethic of the feeling of responsibility in an ever-widening sphere for all that lives — only that ethic can be founded in thought. ... The ethic of Reverence for Life, therefore, comprehends within itself everything that can be described as love, devotion, and sympathy whether in suffering, joy, or effort. .

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#34204 Albert Schweitzer

The ethic of Reverence for Life is the ethic of Love widened into universality. .

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#34206 Albert Schweitzer

To the question whether I am a pessimist or an optimist, I answer that my knowledge is pessimistic, but my willing and hoping are optimistic. .

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#34207 Albert Schweitzer

Let me give you a definition of ethics: It is good to maintain and further life — it is bad to damage and destroy life. And this ethic, profound and universal, has the significance of a religion. It is religion. .

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#34208 Albert Schweitzer

The African is my brother — but he is my younger brother by several centuries. .

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#34209 Albert Schweitzer

The awareness that we are all human beings together has become lost in war and through politics. .

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#34211 Albert Schweitzer

Any religion or philosophy which is not based on a respect for life is not a true religion or philosophy. .

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#34212 Albert Schweitzer

Translated by C. T. Campion as Philosophy of Civilisation (1949) .

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#34213 Albert Schweitzer

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

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#34214 Albert Schweitzer

The good conscience is an invention of the devil. .

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#34215 Albert Schweitzer

The ethical ideas on which civilization rests have been wandering about the world, poverty-stricken and homeless. No theory of the universe has been advanced which can give them solid foundation; in fact not one has made its appearance which can claim for itself solidity and inner consistency. The age of philosophical dogmatism had come to an end, and after that nothing was recognized as truth except the science which described reality. Complete theories of the universe no longer appeared as fixed stars; they were regarded as resting on hypothesis, and ranked no higher than comets. .

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#34216 Albert Schweitzer

The last fact which knowledge can discover is that the world is a manifestation, and in every way a puzzling manifestation, of the universal will to live. .

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#34217 Albert Schweitzer

I live my life in God, in the mysterious divine personality which I do not know as such in the world, but only experience as mysterious Will within myself. .

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#34218 Albert Schweitzer

Preface: .

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#34221 Albert Schweitzer

Resignation as to knowledge of the world is for me not an irretrievable plunge into a scepticism which leaves us to drift about in life like a derelict vessel. I see in it that effort of honesty which we must venture to make in order to arrive at the serviceablewhich hovers within sight. Every world-view which fails to start from resignation in regard to knowledge is artificial and a mere fabrication, for it rests upon an inadmissible interpretation of the universe. .

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#34222 Albert Schweitzer

is a product of life-view, not vice versa. .

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#34223 Albert Schweitzer

Reverence for life, veneratio vit .

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#34224 Albert Schweitzer

Ethics, too, are nothing but reverence for life. That is what gives me the fundamental principle of morality, namely, that good consists in maintaining, promoting, and enhancing life, and that destroying, injuring, and limiting life are evil. .

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#34226 Albert Schweitzer

From my youth onwards, I have felt sure that all thought which thinks itself out to an issue ends in mysticism. In the stillness of the African jungle I have been able to work out this thought and give it expression. .

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#34227 Albert Schweitzer

The restoration of ourcan come only as a result of inexorably truth-loving and recklessly courageous thought. Such thinking alone is mature enough to learn by experience how the rational, when it thinks itself out to a conclusion, passes necessarily over into the non-rational. World- and life-affirmation and ethics are non-rational. They are not justified by any corresponding knowledge of the nature of the world, but are the disposition in which, through the inner compulsion of our will-to-live, we determine our relation to the world.What the activity of this disposition of ours means in the evolution of the world, we do not know. Nor can we regulate this activity from outside; we must leave entirely to each individual its shaping and its extension. From every point of view, then, world- and life-affirmation and ethics are non-rational, and we must have the courage to admit it. .

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#34228 Albert Schweitzer

If rational thought thinks itself out to a conclusion, it arrives at something non-rational which, nevertheless, is a necessity of thought. This is the paradox which dominates our spiritual life. If we try to get on without this non-rational element, there result views of the world and of life which have neither vitality nor value. .

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#34229 Albert Schweitzer

The way to true mysticism leads up through rational thought to deep experience of the world and of our will-to-live. We must all venture once more to be "thinkers," so as to reach mysticism, which is the only direct and the only profound . We must all wander in the field of knowledge to the point where knowledge passes over into experience of the world. We must all, through thought, become religious. This rational thought must become the prevailing force among us, for all the valuable ideas that we need develop out of it. In no other fire than that of the mysticism of reverence for life can the broken sword of idealism be forged anew. .

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#34230 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." .

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#34232 Albert Schweitzer

Never for a moment do we lay aside our mistrust of the ideals established by society, and of the convictions which are kept by it in circulation. We always know that society is full of folly and will deceive us in the matter of humanity. ... humanity meaning consideration for the existence and the happiness of individual human beings. .

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#34233 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. It is an uncomfortable doctrine which the true ethics whisper into my ear. You are happy, they say; therefore you are called upon to give much. .

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#34234 Albert Schweitzer

The disastrous feature of our civilization is that it is far more developed materially than spiritually. Its balance is disturbed ... Now come the facts to summon us to reflect. They tell us in terribly harsh language that a civilization which develops only on its material side, and not in the sphere of the spirit ... heads for disaster. .

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#34235 Albert Schweitzer

Ethics is in its unqualified form extended responsibility to everything that has life. .

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