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67 Inspiring Quotes by Isaac Bashevis Singer

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Wikipedia Summary for Isaac Bashevis Singer

Isaac Bashevis Singer (Yiddish: יצחק באַשעװיס זינגער‎; November 11, 1903 – July 24, 1991) was a Polish-born Jewish-American writer who wrote exclusively in Yiddish. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1978. The Polish form of his birth name was Icek Hersz Zynger. He used his mother's first name in an initial literary pseudonym, Izaak Baszewis, which he later expanded.

He was a leading figure in the Yiddish literary movement, writing and publishing only in Yiddish. He was also awarded two U.S. National Book Awards, one in Children's Literature for his memoir A Day Of Pleasure: Stories of a Boy Growing Up in Warsaw (1970) and one in Fiction for his collection A Crown of Feathers and Other Stories (1974).

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It is written, better to be a fool all your days than for one hour to be evil. You are not a fool. They are the fools. For he who causes his neighbor to feel shame loses Paradise himself.

--Isaac Bashevis Singer

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Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression.

--Isaac Bashevis Singer

Longer Version:

Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression. The chasm is never completely bridged. We all have the conviction, perhaps illusory, that we have much more to say than appears on the paper.


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All is foreseen but the choice is given.

--Isaac Bashevis Singer


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A story to me means a plot where there is some surprise. Because that is how life is -- full of surprises.

--Isaac Bashevis Singer


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Where do the wheels of history lead? How can you be so sure that the wheels of history won't get bogged down in blood and marrow again?

--Isaac Bashevis Singer

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His eyes reflected a softness I had already forgotten in America.

--Isaac Bashevis Singer

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Night is a time of rigor, but also of mercy.

--Isaac Bashevis Singer

Longer Version:

Night is a time of rigor, but also of mercy. There are truths which one can see only when it's dark.


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I am thankful, of course, for the prize and thankful to God for each story, each idea, each word, each day.

--Isaac Bashevis Singer

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If Moses had been paid newspaper rates for the Ten Commandments, he might have written the Two Thousand Commandments.

--Isaac Bashevis Singer


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When a human being kills an animal for food, he is neglecting his own hunger for justice.

--Isaac Bashevis Singer

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When a human kills an animal for food, he is neglecting his own hunger for justice. Man prays for mercy, but is unwilling to extend it to others. Why should man then expect mercy from God? It's unfair to expect something that you are not willing to give.


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I believe in God but people are liars. It's those people who say they are appointed by God who I don't believe in.

--Isaac Bashevis Singer

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Writing has power, but its power has no vector. Writers can stir the mind, but they can't direct it. Time changes things, God changes things, the dictators change things, but writers can't change anything.

--Isaac Bashevis Singer

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We write not only for children but also for their parents. They, too, are serious children.

--Isaac Bashevis Singer


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There will be no justice as long as man will stand with a knife or with a gun and destroy those who are weaker than he is.

--Isaac Bashevis Singer


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The pessimism of the creative person is not decadence but a mighty passion for the redemption of man.

--Isaac Bashevis Singer

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If there would come a voice from God saying, 'I'm against vegetarianism!' I would say, 'Well, I am for it!' This is how
strongly I feel in this regard.

--Isaac Bashevis Singer

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What nature delivers to us is never stale. Because what nature creates has eternity in it.

--Isaac Bashevis Singer

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A soldier who serves an emperor has to have a uniform, and this also applies to a soldier who serves the Almighty.

--Isaac Bashevis Singer

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What nature creates has eternity in it.

--Isaac Bashevis Singer

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There must be a way for man to attain all possible pleasures, all the powers and knowledge that nature can grant him, and still serve God -- a God who speaks in deeds, not in words, and whose vocabulary is the Cosmos.

--Isaac Bashevis Singer

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The waste basket is the writer's best friend.

--Isaac Bashevis Singer

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In God's mill even chaff becomes flour.

--Isaac Bashevis Singer

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The more you see what other people do, the more you learn about yourself.

--Isaac Bashevis Singer


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The greatness of art is not to find what is common but what is unique.

--Isaac Bashevis Singer

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When you betray somebody else, you also betray yourself.

--Isaac Bashevis Singer

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It is a general rule that when the grain of truth cannot be found, men will swallow great helpings of falsehood.

--Isaac Bashevis Singer

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There is no death. How can there be death if everything is part of the Godhead? The soul never dies and the body is never really alive.

--Isaac Bashevis Singer

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There will never be any peace in the world as long as we eat animals.

--Isaac Bashevis Singer

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In their behavior toward creatures, all men are Nazis. Human beings see oppression vividly when they're the victims. Otherwise they victimize blindly and without a thought.

--Isaac Bashevis Singer

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Of course I believe in free will. Do we have a choice?

--Isaac Bashevis Singer



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We must believe in free will, we have no choice.

--Isaac Bashevis Singer

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Man is a disgusting thing. If you beat him he starts to scream, but if it is the other one who is beaten, then he constructs a theory.

--Isaac Bashevis Singer

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Life is God's novel. Let him write it.

--Isaac Bashevis Singer



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I am not ashamed to admit that I belong to those who fantasize that literature is capable of bringing new horizons and new perspectives -- philosophical, religious, aesthetical and even social.

--Isaac Bashevis Singer

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Children read books, not reviews. They don't give a hoot about critics.

--Isaac Bashevis Singer

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We all play chess with Fate as partner. He makes a move, we make a move. He tries to checkmate us in three moves, we try to prevent it. We know we can't win, but we're driven to give him a good fight.

--Isaac Bashevis Singer


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From borrowing one gets poorer and from work one gets richer.

--Isaac Bashevis Singer

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They still believe in God, the family, angels, witches, goblins, logic, clarity, punctuation, and other obsolete stuff.

--Isaac Bashevis Singer

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Even in the worm that crawls in the earth there glows a divine spark. When you slaughter a creature, you slaughter God.

--Isaac Bashevis Singer

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I did not become a vegetarian for my health, I did it for the health of the chickens.

--Isaac Bashevis Singer


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Men want all women to lie down as whores and get up as virgins.

--Isaac Bashevis Singer

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When literature becomes overly erudite, it means that interest in the art has gone and curiosity about the artist is what's important. It becomes a kind of idolatry.

--Isaac Bashevis Singer


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Our knowledge is a little island in a great ocean of nonknowledge.

--Isaac Bashevis Singer

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To be a vegetarian is to disagree -- to disagree with the course of things today... starvation, cruelty -- we must make a statement against these things. Vegetarianism is my statement. And I think it's a strong one.

--Isaac Bashevis Singer

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Sometimes you have the feeling that some little imp is standing behind you and dictating to you, but he gives it to you slowly, drop by drop.

--Isaac Bashevis Singer

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To me the Yiddish language and the conduct of those who spoke it are identical.

--Isaac Bashevis Singer


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As long as people will shed the blood of innocent creatures there can be no peace, no liberty, no harmony between people. Slaughter and justice cannot dwell together.

--Isaac Bashevis Singer

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Whenever I'm in trouble, I pray. And because I'm in trouble all of the time, I pray almost constantly.

--Isaac Bashevis Singer

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For those who are willing to make an effort, great miracles and wonderful treasures are in store.

--Isaac Bashevis Singer


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All that God does is for the good.

--Isaac Bashevis Singer

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Heaven and earth conspire that everything which has been, be rooted and reduced to dust. Only the dreamers, who dream while awake, call back the shadows of the past and braid nets from the unspun thread.

--Isaac Bashevis Singer

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What happened was no accident. Everything was preordained. True, the will was free, but heaven also made its ordinances.

--Isaac Bashevis Singer

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