Quotes by German authors


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"Day by day we should weigh what we have granted to the spirit of the world against what we have denied to the spirit of Jesus, in thought and especially in deed"
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"Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate"
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"Compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to mankind"
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"By respect for life we become religious in a way that is elementary, profound and alive"
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"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"
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"At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us"
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"As soon as man does not take his existence for granted, but beholds it as something unfathomably mysterious, thought begins"
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"Anyone who proposes to do good must not expect people to roll stones out of his way, but must accept his lot calmly, even if they roll a few stones upon it"
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"An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while a pessimist sees only the red stoplight... the truly wise person is colorblind"
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"A man is truly ethical only when he obeys the compulsion to help all life which he is able to assist, and shrinks from injuring anything that lives"
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"A man is ethical only when life, as such, is sacred to him, that of plants and animals as that of his fellow men, and when he devotes himself helpfully to all life that is in need of help"
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"A man does not have to be an angel in order to be saint"
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"A man can do only what he can do. But if he does that each day he can sleep at night and do it again the next day"
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"A great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up"
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"Everything deep is also simple and can be reproduced simply as long as its reference to the whole truth is maintained. But what matters is not what is witty but what is true"
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"Ethics is the activity of man directed to secure the inner perfection of his own personality"
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"Ethics is nothing else than reverence for life"
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"Do something wonderful, people may imitate it"
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"Do something for somebody everyday for which you do not get paid"
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"The first step in the evolution of ethics is a sense of solidarity with other human beings"
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"The African is my brother but he is my younger brother by several centuries"
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"The true worth of a man is not to be found in man himself, but in the colours and textures that come alive in others"
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"Man can hardly even recognize the devils of his own creation"
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"Whoever is spared personal pain must feel himself called to help in diminishing the pain of others. We must all carry our share of the misery which lies upon the world"
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"Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him"
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"We cannot possibly let ourselves get frozen into regarding everyone we do not know as an absolute stranger"
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"We are all so much together, but we are all dying of loneliness"
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"Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace"
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"Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now - always"
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