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.

Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965) Alsatian theologian, philosopher, physician, philanthropist
Philosophy of Civilisation, vol. 2 “Civilization and Ethics,” ch. 26 (1949)

Trans. CT Campion
Added on 17-Dec-07 | Last updated 17-Dec-07
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