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Albert Schweitzer

Fecha de nacimiento: 14. Enero 1875
Fecha de muerte: 4. Septiembre 1965
Otros nombres: Albert Schweizer

Ludwig Philipp Albert Schweitzer OM fue un médico, filósofo, teólogo y músico franco-alemán, con ciudadanía inicialmente alemana y después francesa , misionero médico en África y Premio Nobel de la Paz en 1952, también conocido por su vida interpretativa de Jesús y su profundo conocimiento de los textos bíblicos.

Nació en la provincia de Alsacia y Lorena, en ese entonces parte del Imperio Alemán, hoy de Francia. Schweitzer, un luterano, desafió tanto la visión secular de Jesús representado por la metodología histórico-crítica de su época en ciertos círculos académicos, así como la visión tradicional cristiana. Él representaba a Jesús como alguien que, literalmente, creía que el fin del mundo estaba llegando en su propia vida y se creía a sí mismo como un salvador.

Como músico, desde pequeño aprendió a tocar el piano y siguiendo la tradición familiar -su padre y abuelo fueron organistas- estudió para interpretar ese instrumento, siendo alumno del compositor francés Charles-Marie Widor. A su vez se interiorizó en lo que respecta a la construcción de órganos y abogó por conservar los instrumentos más antiguos.[1]​

El poner en práctica en su propia vida su filosofía de "Reverencia por la vida" fue lo que le valió el Premio Nobel y el reconocimiento mundial; una actitud que expresó de muchas formas, siendo la más famosa el haber fundado y mantenido el Hospital Albert Schweitzer en Lambaréné, ahora Gabón, al oeste de África central, en aquel tiempo todavía África ecuatorial francesa.

Era tío carnal del filósofo y escritor francés Jean-Paul Sartre.

„La edad arruga la piel pero renunciar al entusiasmo arruga el alma.“

—  Albert Schweitzer

Variante: Los años arrugan la piel, pero renunciar al entusiasmo arruga el alma.

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Citát „The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives.“

„The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives.“

—  Albert Schweitzer

Variante: The tragedy in a man’s life is what dies inside of him while he lives.

„Don't let your hearts grow numb. Stay alert.“

—  Albert Schweitzer

Reverence for Life (1969)
Contexto: Don't let your hearts grow numb. Stay alert. It is your soul which matters.

„There are two means of refuge from the misery of life — music and cats.“

—  Albert Schweitzer

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

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

—  Albert Schweitzer

Variant translation: Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace.
Variant translation: Until we extend the circle of compassion to all living things, we will not ourselves find peace.
Kulturphilosophie (1923)

„Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.“

—  Albert Schweitzer

Variante: Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.

„We learn of these things from the radio or newspapers and we judge them according to whether they signify success for the group of peoples to which we belong, or for our enemies. When we do admit to ourselves that such acts are the results of inhuman conduct, our admission is accompanied by the thought that the very fact of war itself leaves us no option but to accept them. In resigning ourselves to our fate without a struggle, we are guilty of inhumanity.“

—  Albert Schweitzer

The Problem of Peace (1954)
Contexto: We have learned to tolerate the facts of war: that men are killed en masse — some twenty million in the Second World War — that whole cities and their inhabitants are annihilated by the atomic bomb, that men are turned into living torches by incendiary bombs. We learn of these things from the radio or newspapers and we judge them according to whether they signify success for the group of peoples to which we belong, or for our enemies. When we do admit to ourselves that such acts are the results of inhuman conduct, our admission is accompanied by the thought that the very fact of war itself leaves us no option but to accept them. In resigning ourselves to our fate without a struggle, we are guilty of inhumanity.

„To the man who is truly ethical all life is sacred, including that which from the human point of view seems lower in the scale. He makes distinctions only as each case comes before him, and under the pressure of necessity, as, for example, when it falls to him to decide which of two lives he must sacrifice in order to preserve the other.“

—  Albert Schweitzer

Fuente: The Spiritual Life (1947), p. 269
Contexto: To the man who is truly ethical all life is sacred, including that which from the human point of view seems lower in the scale. He makes distinctions only as each case comes before him, and under the pressure of necessity, as, for example, when it falls to him to decide which of two lives he must sacrifice in order to preserve the other. But all through this series of decisions he is conscious of acting on subjective grounds and arbitrarily, and knows that he bears the responsibility for the life which is sacrificed.

„Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now — always, and indeed then most truly when it seems most unsuitable to actual circumstances.“

—  Albert Schweitzer

Fuente: On the Edge of the Primeval Forest (1922), Ch. XI : Conclusion (1956 edition) http://books.google.com/books?id=t_AYAAAAMAAJ&q=%22Truth+has+no+special+time+of+its+own+its+hour+is+now+always%22&pg=PA117#v=onepage
Contexto: Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now — always, and indeed then most truly when it seems most unsuitable to actual circumstances. Care for distress at home and care for distress elsewhere do but help each other if, working together, they wake men in sufficient numbers from their thoughtlessness, and call into life a new spirit of humanity.

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