Small and Obscure Deeds


Of all the will toward the ideal in mankind only a small part can manifest itself in public action. All the rest of this force must be content with small and obscure deeds. The sum of these, however, is a thousand times stronger than the acts of those who receive wide public recognition. The latter, compared to the former, are like the foam on the waves of a deep ocean.

Albert Schweitzer, 2002

From the book Leading Quietly: An Unorthodox Guide to Doing the Right Thing