Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Not one of us knows . . .

Albert Schweitzer was probably the only person who was ever a professor of theology and a first-year medical student at the same university at the same time. When I started digging his books out of the public library in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, I discovered that they had not been taken out for decades. That's a pity.

Quotes from Schweitzer's writings:
Not one of us knows what effect his life produces, and what he gives to others. That is hidden from us and must remain so, though we are often allowed to see some little fraction of it so that we may not lose courage.

The ways along which we have to struggle toward the goal may be veiled in darkness, yet the direction in which we must travel is clear.

The one essential thing is that we strive to have light in ourselves. Our strivings will be recognized by others, and when people have light in themselves, it will shine out from them. Then we get to know each other as we walk together in the darkness.

The power of ideals is incalculable. We see no power in a drop of water. But let it get into a crack in the rock and be turned to ice, and it splits the rock; turned into steam, it drives the piston of the most powerful engines. Something has happened to it which makes active and effective the power hidden in it.

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