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

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

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"Man is a clever animal who behaves like an imbecile."

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"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."

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"The thinking man 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, even the lowliest creature; to do so is to renounce our manhood and shoulder a guilt which nothing justifies."

by Rev. Dr. Albert Schweitzer

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

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"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."

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"An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while a pessimist sees only the red stoplight. . . The truly wise person is colorblind."

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"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."

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

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"As we acquire more knowldege, things do not become more comprehensible, but more mysterious."

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"Big nations are like chickens. They like to make big noises, but very often it is no more than squabbling."

by Dr. Albert Schweitzer

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

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

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"Example is not the main thing in influencing others it's the only thing."

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"Grow into your ideals so that life cannot rob you of them."

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"Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory."

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"I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve."

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"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."

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"It is not enough merely to exist. It's not enough to say, 'I'm earning enough to support my family. I do my work well. I'm a good father, husband, churchgoer.' That's all very well. But you must do something more. Seek always to do some good, somewhere. Every man has to seek in his own way to realize his true worth. You must give some time to your fellow man. Even if it's a little thing, do something for those who need help, something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it. For remember, you don't live in a world all your own. Your brothers are here too."

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

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"One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity."

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"Reverence for life brings us into a spiritual relation with the world which is independent of all knowledge of the universe."

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"Reverence for life affords me my fundamental principle of morality."

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

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"The spirit of the age is filled with the disdain for thinking."

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"The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives"

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"the tragedy of life is not that we die, but is rather, what dies inside a man while he lives."

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"There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats."

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"Therefore search and see if there is not some place where you may invest your humanity."

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"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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"Truth has not special time of its own. Its hour is now -- always and indeed then most truly when it seems unsuitable to actual circumstances."

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"Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now--always."

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"Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now -- always."

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

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"You must give some 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."

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"'No one may shut his eyes to think the pain, which is therefore not visible to him, is non-existent.'"

by Rev. Dr. Albert Schweitzer

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"'To the truly ethical man, all of life is sacred, including forms of life that from the human point of view may seem lower than ours.'"

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

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"A man is ethical only when life, as such, is sacred to him, that of plants and animals as well as that of his fellowman, and when he devotes himself helpfully to all life that is in need of help."

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"By ethical conduct toward all creatures, we enter into a spiritual relationship with the universe."

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"Hear our prayer O Lord ... 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. Make us true friends of the animals and so to share the blessings of the merciful."

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"I must interpret the life about me as I interpret the life that is my own. My life is full of meaning to me. The life around me must be full of significance to itself. If I am to expect others to respect my life, then I must respect the other life I see, however strange it may be to mine. . . . We need a boundless ethics which will include the animals also."

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"Let no one regard as light the burden of his responsibility. While so much ill-treatment of animals goes on, while the moans of thirsty animals in railway trucks sound unheard, while so much brutality prevails in our slaughterhouses ... we all bear guilt. Everything that lives has value as a living thing, as one of the manifestations of the mystery that is life."

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"It is the fate of every truth to be an object of ridicule when it is first acclaimed. It was once considered foolish to suppose that black men were really human beings and ought to be treated as such. What was once foolish has now become a recognized truth. Today it is considered as exaggeration to proclaim constant respect for every form of life as being the serious demand of a rational ethic. But the time is coming when people will be amazed that the human race existed so long before it recognized that thoughtless injury to life is incompatible with real ethics. Ethics is in its unqualified form extended responsibility to everything that has life."

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"The human spirit is not dead.  It lives on in secret.... It has come to believe that compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to mankind."

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"Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight."

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"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."

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"We are compelled by the commandment of love contained in our hearts and thought, and proclaimed by Jesus, to give rein to our natural sympathy for animals. We are also compelled to help them and spare them suffering."

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"Very little of the great cruelty shown by men can really be attributed to cruel instinct.  Most of it comes from thoughtlessness or inherited habit.  The roots of cruelty, therefore, are not so much strong as widespread.  But the time must come when inhumanity protected by custom and thoughtlessness will succumb before humanity championed by thought.  Let us work that this time may come."

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"Very little of the great cruelty shown by men can really be attributed to cruel instinct. Most of it comes from thoughtlessness or inherited habit. The roots of cruelty, therefore, are not so much strong as widespread. But the time must come when inhumanity protected by custom and thoughtlessness will succumb before humanity championed by thought. Let us work that this time may come."

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"Man can hardly even recognize the devils of his own creation."

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"Example is leadership."

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"Reverence for life affords me my fundamental principle of morality, namely that good consists in maintaining, assisting, and enhancing life, and that to destroy, to harm, or to hinder life is evil."

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"Just as white light consists of colored rays, so reverence for life contains all the components of ethics: love, kindliness, sympathy, empathy, peacefulness and power to forgive."

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"I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve."

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"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."

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"The great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up."

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"We must all die. But that I can save him from days of torture, that is what I feel as my great and ever new privelege. Pain is a more terrible lord of mankind than even death himself."

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