"I have always held firmly to the thought that
each one of us can do a little
to bring some portion of misery to an end."
Albert Schweitzer
(1875-1965) Humanitarian, Theologian, Philosopher, Physician, Nobel Peace Prize 1952
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i think that is sometimes true but some things you can not control this is very expresinoal
 -- rebecca, burriville     
    Write to Bush about Uganda and the children that are being abused where is our mighty army for those who have deepest of misery - alas Ugnada has little oil reserves
     -- Robert, Sarasota     
    I agree that each of us can do SOMETHING, can help SOMEONE, thus easing a bit of misery on this earth.
     -- Sandra, Dallas     
     -- Dick, Fort Worth      
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US      
    A. Schweitzer put his philosophy into action and was recognized for it. I agree that our focus on the misery of people, in places we don't 'relate' to easily, is, in large measure, woefully absent.
     -- Terry Berg, Occidental, CA     
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    I don't mind helping charities. I DO mind taxes that our government gives as welfare.
     -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
    The quote has nothing to do with taxes...
     -- Lila, Savannah     
    How can you not give this 6 stars... If only we all gave a little it would change the world... But be careful who you give a little too! Much of what we give ends up in the board rooms. If you want to give a little give it to Rotary Shelter Boxes as they are all volunteers - mark your check for a particular disaster in the memo section - in this case it would be disaster relief in Nepal. No admin fees are charged as all admin costs are paid by Rotarian''s - Thank you........:-)
     -- Robert, St. Emilion, France     
    Giving forward comes to mind. So much can be done, from the smallest and most mundane to the bigger and flashier. I've found, everyday presents an opportunity to bring some portion of misery to an end. Lila, Joe's example was well within the scope of the quote; while most taxes are a form of theft, slavery and misery - true charity is not and, brings some portion of misery to an end.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    In the exercise of a good conscience, charity begins, To only throw money at a given need, is Threskeia care, superficial in nature, To many turn a blind eye after writing a check, as I have seen so many times ! The cares of life or the neglect of it, chokes the good conscience which proceeds from the heart. Alms giving is good, but can never justify immoral behavior by elected officials who turn a blind eye from corruption that dwells before them. You are ether part of the solution or part of the problem ! Knowledge like history repeats itself. 22,000 years man has waited and anticipated the foreshadowing of the pouring forth, of truth, in morality. Scheat, the star declares, Saad al Melik, Saad al Sund !! These are the times we now live in !! As the heavens declare. A very old, story, like gravity, there will be no failure in their communication ! Wake up Patriots of Liberty ? The purging moves forward, Saad al Melik !! Sabr ! Befitting for the day. For thy mercy is great above the heavens : and thy truth reacheth unto the clouds. Psalm 108:4 , there are 108 stars in Deli, delu. Who can number the clouds in wisdom ? Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? or who hath given understanding to the heart ?
     -- Ronw13, Yachats Or     
    Or at the least, we have the opportunity to not add more misery to the portion... Most of society's ills are consequences of social regulation. Nature provides -- it is only in excess that power's abuse has such wide reaching effect. As an Indian teacher once said to me, "Little man, little mistake. Big man, big mistake." meaning that the more powerful the individual (or group), the bigger the impact of a mistake.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    I like the "Little man, little mistake. Big man, big mistake." juxtaposition, but I don't think it fits the narrative of A. Schweitzer's quote.Its all too tempting to blame big Gov. for not providing, but, lets face it government can't provide much of anything, it can only take from one and pretend to give to another. I think Albert Schweitzer was talking to the individual, and if each one of us in our own way do what we can to help ease another's pain and misery and ask nothing in return would go a long way to healing our world.
     -- Warrdoc, Elk Grove,     
    Can't argue with this.
     -- jim k, Austin     
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