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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.

„All profound world-view is mysticism, the essence of which is just this: that out of my unsophisticated and naïve existence in the world there comes, as a result of thought about self and the world, spiritual self-devotion to the mysterious infinite Will which is continuously manifested in the universe.“

—  Albert Schweitzer

Kulturphilosophie (1923), Vol. 2 : Civilization and Ethics
Contexto: Affirmation of the world, which means affirmation of the will-to-live that manifests itself around me, is only possible if I devote myself to other life. From an inner necessity, I exert myself in producing values and practising ethics in the world and on the world even though I do not understand the meaning of the world. For in world- and life-affirmation and in ethics I carry out the will of the universal will-to-live which reveals itself in me. 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.
Rational thinking which is free from assumptions ends therefore in mysticism. To relate oneself in the spirit of reverence for life to the multiform manifestations of the will-to-live which together constitute the world is ethical mysticism. All profound world-view is mysticism, the essence of which is just this: that out of my unsophisticated and naïve existence in the world there comes, as a result of thought about self and the world, spiritual self-devotion to the mysterious infinite Will which is continuously manifested in the universe.

„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.

„Christianity has had to give up one piece after another of what it still imagined it possessed in the way of explanations of the universe. In this development it grows more and more into an expression of what constitutes its real nature.“

—  Albert Schweitzer

Fuente: The Spiritual Life (1947), p. 102
Contexto: Christianity has had to give up one piece after another of what it still imagined it possessed in the way of explanations of the universe. In this development it grows more and more into an expression of what constitutes its real nature. In a remarkable process of spiritualization it advances further and further from naive naiveté into the region of profound naiveté. The greater the number of explanations that slip from its hands, the more is the first of the Beatitudes, which may indeed be regarded as prophetic word concerning Christianity, fulfilled: "Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven."

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