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A farmer who has mowed down a thousand flowers in his meadow to feed his cows should take care that on his way home he does not, in wanton pastime, switch off the head of a single flower growing at the edge of the road, for in so doing he injures life without being forced to do so by necessity.
All that I have to say to the world and to mankind is contained in the notion, reverence for life.
Any religion or philosophy which is not based on a respect for life is not a true religion or philosophy.
Anyone who proposes to do good must not expect people to roll stones out of his way, but must accept his lot calmly if they even roll a few more upon it.
Because I have confidence in the power of Truth and of the spirit, I believe in the future of mankind.
Don't let your hearts grow numb. Stay alert. It is your soul which matters.
Ethics is the activity of man directed to secure the inner perfection of his own personality.
His [Johann Sebastian Bach] skill is no longer simply a technique, but an interpretation of the world, an image of Being; and his music is a phenomenon of the reality of the inconceivable as the cosmos itself.
In an atomic war there would be neither conqueror or vanquished. During such a bombardment both sides would suffer the same fate. A continuous destruction would take place and no armistice nor peace proposals would bring it to an end.
In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.
In the hope of reaching the moon men fail to see the flowers that blossom at their feet.
It will ever remain incomprehensible that our generation, which has shown itself so great by its achievements in discovery and invention, could fall so low spiritually as to give up thinking.
Joy, sorrow, tears, lamentations, laughter -- to all these music gives voice, but in such a way that we are transported from the world of unrest to the world of peace, and see reality in a new way, as if we were sitting by a mountain lake and contemplating hills and woods and clouds in the tranquil and fathomless water.
Let me give you one definition of ethics: It is good to maintain life and to further life; it is bad to damage and destroy Life. And this ethic, profound, universal, has the significance of a religion. It is religion.
Man has lost the capacity to foresee and forestall. He will end by destroying the earth.
Never say there is nothing beautiful in the world anymore. There is always something to make you wonder in the shape of a tree, the trembling of a leaf.
No one has ever come back from the other world. I can't console you, but one thing I can tell you, as long as my ideas are alive I will be alive.
Our degeneration, when it is traced back to its origin in our view of the world really consists in the fact that true optimism has vanished unperceived from our midst.
Renunciation of thinking is a declaration of spiritual bankruptcy.
The deeper we look into nature the more we recognize that it is full of life, and the more profoundly we know that all life is a secret, and we are all united to all this life.
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