Schweitzer truly served humanity

Philosopher and surgeon Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965) rekindled the human spirit of others. He was born on this day in Germany and he fulfilled his vow at age 30 to dedicate his life to mankind and became an international symbol of humanitarianism. His name has become synonymous with altruism.

Philosopher and surgeon Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965) rekindled the human spirit of others. He was born on this day in Germany and he fulfilled his vow at age 30 to dedicate his life to mankind and became an international symbol of humanitarianism. His name has become synonymous with altruism.

"Do something for somebody every day for which you do not get paid," he urged.

Schweitzer founded a hospital in Africa to fight malaria and leprosy. He then donated his prize money from the 1952 Nobel Peace Award to build a leper colony.

"I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know, the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve," Schweitzer said.

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