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  • Reverence for life, veneratio vitæ, is the most direct and at the same time the profoundest achievement of my will-to-live.

    Albert Schweitzer (2009). “Albert Schweitzer's Ethical Vision: A Sourcebook”, p.109, Oxford University Press
  • Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.

    Henry David Thoreau (2006). “Thoreau and the Art of Life: Precepts and Principles”, p.27, Heron Dance Press
  • Just as white light consists of colored rays, so reverence for life contains all the components of ethics: love, kindliness, sympathy, empathy, peacefulness and power to forgive.

    Light   White   Empathy  
    Albert Schweitzer (1965). “The Teaching of Reverence for Life”, New York : Holt, Rinehart and Winston
  • If a man loses his reverence for any part of life, he will lose his reverence for all of life.

    Life   Men   Honor  
  • Ethics, too, are nothing but reverence for life. This is what gives me the fundamental principle of morality, namely, that good consists in maintaining, promoting, and enhancing life, and that destroying, injuring, and limiting life are evil.

    Albert Schweitzer (1932). “Civilization and ethics. 3d. ed”
  • The abolition of the death penalty is making us a civilized society. It shows we actually do mean business when we say we have reverence for life.

  • Reverence for life is the highest court of appeal.

    Life   Court   Appeals  
    Albert Schweitzer (1929). “Civilization and Ethics”
  • By having a reverence for life, we enter into a spiritual relation with the world By practicing reverence for life we become good, deep, and alive.

    "The evolutions of ethics". The Atlantic Monthly, CCII, reprinted in "Unified English", Ardent Media, p. 247, November 1958.
  • Wilderness itself is the basis of all our civilization. I wonder if we have enough reverence for life to concede to wilderness the right to live on?

  • Ethics is nothing else than reverence for life.

    Albert Schweitzer, Charles Rhind Joy (1947). “Albert Schweitzer: An Anthology”, Boston : Beacon Press
  • When a man has reverence for life, he will never do anything to harm, hinder or destroy life. Instead he bends every effort to help life to fulfill its highest destiny. He strives to maintain, enhance and assist life to make the most of itself.

  • Not all is doom and gloom. We are beginning to understand the natural world and are gaining a reverence for life - all life.

  • Ethics is the activity of man directed to secure the inner perfection of his own personality.

    Albert Schweitzer (2015). “The Light Within Us”, p.30, Open Road Media
  • To inflict cruelties on defenceless creatures, or condone such acts, is to abuse one of the cardinal tenets of a civilized society - reverence for life.

    Life   Abuse   Society  
  • Reverence for life affords me my fundamental principle of morality.

    Albert Schweitzer, Charles Rhind Joy (1947). “Albert Schweitzer: An Anthology”, Boston : Beacon Press
  • Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.

    "Gratitude in Grief: Finding Daily Joy and a Life of Purpose Following the Death of My Son" by Kelly S. Buckley, (p. 133), 2010.
  • Selfless giving is friendliness. An attitude towards life, a reverence for life. It is one of the highest of all ways.

    Karma   Attitude   Yoga  
  • Vegetarianism should not be anything moral or religious. It is a question of aesthetics: one's sensitivity, one's respect, one's reverence for life.

  • What we call love is in its essence reverence for life.

    Albert Schweitzer (1956). “An anthology”
  • The man who has become a thinking being feels a compulsion to give every will-to-live the same reverence for life that he gives to his own. He experiences that other life in his own.

    Life   Men   Thinking  
    Albert Schweitzer (2015). “The Light Within Us”, p.31, Open Road Media
  • But if it's true it's beautiful. Truth is beautiful. And so my whole work is about what amounts to a reverence for life itself.

    "Roy DeCarava, Harlem Insider Who Photographed Ordinary Life, Dies at 89" by Randy Kennedy, October 28, 2009.
  • Ethics cannot be based upon our obligations toward people, but they are complete and natural only when we feel this Reverence for Life and the desire to have compassion for and to help all creatures insofar as it is in our power. I think that this ethic will become more and more recognized because of its great naturalness and because it is the foundation of a true humanism toward which we must strive if our culture is to become truly ethical.

  • Your soul is that part of you that existed before you were born and will continue to exist after you die. So as you become aware of yourself as a soul as well as a personality, the new understanding of power becomes aligning your personality with your soul, with the highest, most noble, most healthy part of yourself that you can imagine or reach for. The intentions of your soul are harmony, cooperation, sharing, and reverence for life.

    Lotus Guide interview, June 6, 2012.
  • Gratitude bestows reverence.....changing forever how we experience life and the world.

  • A man is ethical only when life, as such, is sacred to him.

    Albert Schweitzer (2014). “A Treasury of Albert Schweitzer”, p.69, Open Road Media
  • The purpose of our journey on this precious Earth is now to align our personalities with our souls and the souls of others. It is to create harmony, cooperation, sharing, and reverence for Life. It is to grow spiritually. This is our new evolutionary pathway. The old pathway - pursuing the ability to manipulate and control - no longer works.

  • Your soul is that part of you that always strives for harmony, toward cooperation, toward sharing, toward reverence for life and as you choose, in each moment, to align yourself with harmony, or at least not to create more disharmony in the situation you're in, then you are consciously choosing to align yourself with your soul. You are consciously moving toward authentic power.

  • 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.

    "Philosophy of Civilisation". Book by Albert Schweitzer, Vol. 2 : Civilization and Ethics, Preface, 1949.
  • The ethic of Reverence for Life prompts us to keep each other alert to what troubles us and to speak and act dauntlessly together in discharging the responsibility that we feel. It keeps us watching together for opportunities to bring some sort of help to animals in recompense for the great misery that men inflict upon them, and thus for a moment we escape from the incomprehensible horror of existence.

    "Philosophy of Civilisation". Book by Albert Schweitzer, Vol. 2 : Civilization and Ethics, 1923.
  • We can make these three dynamic words - "reverence for life" - a part of our lives by becoming aware that God is the source of all life and that we are one with life. "The good person," said Schweitzer, "is the friend of all living things."

    Life   Three   Becoming  
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