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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.

Frases Albert Schweitzer

„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.

„It is the fate of every truth to be an object of ridicule when it is first acclaimed.“

—  Albert Schweitzer

Kulturphilosophie (1923), Vol. 2 : Civilization and Ethics
Contexto: 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.

„Ethics in our Western world has hitherto been largely limited to the relations of man to man. But that is a limited ethics. We need a boundless ethics which will include the animals also.“

—  Albert Schweitzer

Kulturphilosophie (1923), Vol. 2 : Civilization and Ethics
Contexto: 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. And not only other human life, but all kinds of life: life above mine, if there be such life; life below mine, as I know it to exist. Ethics in our Western world has hitherto been largely limited to the relations of man to man. But that is a limited ethics. We need a boundless ethics which will include the animals also.

„Only by means of reverence for life can we establish a spiritual and humane relationship with both people and all living creatures within our reach. Only in this fashion can we avoid harming others, and, within the limits of our capacity, go to their aid whenever they need us.“

—  Albert Schweitzer

Reverence for Life (1969)
Contexto: At sunset of the third day, near the village of Igendja, we moved along an island set in the middle of the wide river. On a sandback to our left, four hippopotamuses and their young plodded along in our same direction. Just then, in my great tiredness and discouragement, the phrase "Reverence for Life" struck me like a flash. As far as I knew, it was a phrase I had never heard nor ever read. I realized at once that it carried within itself the solution to the problem that had been torturing me. Now I knew that a system of values which concerns itself only with our relationship to other people is incomplete and therefore lacking in power for good. Only by means of reverence for life can we establish a spiritual and humane relationship with both people and all living creatures within our reach. Only in this fashion can we avoid harming others, and, within the limits of our capacity, go to their aid whenever they need us.

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