Albert Schweitzer

Germany
14 Jan 1875 // 4 Sep 1965
Theologian / Philosopher

The Roots of the Idealism

Just as the water of the streams we see is small in amount compared to that which flows underground, so the idealism which becomes visible is small in amount compared with what men and women bear locked in their hearts, unreleased or scarcely released. To unbind what is bound, to bring the underground waters to the surface: mankind is waiting and longing for such as can do that.

Albert Schweitzer, in 'Out of My Life and Thought: An Autobiography'
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