ImageAlbert Schweitzer  (14 January 1875 – 4 September 1965) the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize recipient, was a physician, theologian, organist, philosopher and medical missionary in Africa, also known for his interpretive life of Jesus. He was born in the province of Alsace-Lorraine, at that time part of the German Empire.  The quote which was the subject of my last post is attributed to him.  Coincidentally, my father who used this quote as his maxim in later years was also a German Lutheran.  Remarkable that Jean Paul Sartre, another world renown philosopher, was his cousin on his mother’s side.   In researching the source of this quote, I discovered that my mother unknowingly abided by another Schweitzerism:  “Never say there is nothing beautiful…there is always something to make you wonder in the shape of a tree, the trembling of a leaf.”   She looked and found beauty everywhere she went, in every face and in every day she felt gratitude for something that occurred.

 

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