Albert Schweitzer Quotes
University of Strasbourg (1893 – 1899)
Apart from being a renowned German theologian and physician, Albert Schweitzer was also an empathetic soul since his childhood days. While he was in school, Albert would dress in simple clothes which belied his affluent status, so that his lesser privileged classmates would not feel inferior. Throughout his life, he dressed modestly and radio talk show host Jack Paar once recalled that Schweitzer would always be seen in a white pith helmet, white shirt, pants and black tie. Paar also added that the priest owned the same tie for as long as twenty years. When someone remarked that many people own more than dozen of neckties, Albert said, "For one neck?" The eminent physician is also remembered by many as the founder of the "Albert Schweitzer Hospital" in Gabon, Africa. Some of the impoverished patients would apparently pick up chamber pots while leaving this health care hub and would use them as cooking utensils. Once during a train journey Albert's co-passenger inquired about his profession. To this Schweitzer, the humble and funny egalitarian replied, "I supply Gabon with chamber pots." It is also said that this personality resembled the renowned physicist Albert Einstein to a great extent and on more than one occasion, he was mistaken for the latter. During one such instance, two ladies approached him and enquired, "Have we the honor of speaking to Professor Einstein?" Schweitzer replied, "No unfortunately not, though I can quite understand your mistake, for he has the same kind of hair as I have." Pausing to rumple his hair this man continued, "But inside, my head is altogether different. However he is a very old friend of mine -- would you like me to give you his autograph?" Before the amused ladies could form a coherent reply, Albert took a paper slip from his pocket and signed, "Albert Einstein, by way of his friend, Albert Schweitzer."