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.
Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression.
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.
All is foreseen but the choice is given.
A story to me means a plot where there is some surprise. Because that is how life is -- full of surprises.
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?
His eyes reflected a softness I had already forgotten in America.
Night is a time of rigor, but also of mercy.
Night is a time of rigor, but also of mercy. There are truths which one can see only when it's dark.
I am thankful, of course, for the prize and thankful to God for each story, each idea, each word, each day.
If Moses had been paid newspaper rates for the Ten Commandments, he might have written the Two Thousand Commandments.
When a human being kills an animal for food, he is neglecting his own hunger for justice.
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.
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.
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.
We write not only for children but also for their parents. They, too, are serious children.
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.
The pessimism of the creative person is not decadence but a mighty passion for the redemption of man.
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.
What nature delivers to us is never stale. Because what nature creates has eternity in it.
A soldier who serves an emperor has to have a uniform, and this also applies to a soldier who serves the Almighty.
What nature creates has eternity in it.
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.
The waste basket is the writer's best friend.
In God's mill even chaff becomes flour.
The more you see what other people do, the more you learn about yourself.
The greatness of art is not to find what is common but what is unique.
When you betray somebody else, you also betray yourself.
It is a general rule that when the grain of truth cannot be found, men will swallow great helpings of falsehood.
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.
There will never be any peace in the world as long as we eat animals.
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.
Of course I believe in free will. Do we have a choice?
We must believe in free will, we have no choice.
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.
Life is God's novel. Let him write it.
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.
Children read books, not reviews. They don't give a hoot about critics.
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.
From borrowing one gets poorer and from work one gets richer.
They still believe in God, the family, angels, witches, goblins, logic, clarity, punctuation, and other obsolete stuff.
Even in the worm that crawls in the earth there glows a divine spark. When you slaughter a creature, you slaughter God.
I did not become a vegetarian for my health, I did it for the health of the chickens.
Men want all women to lie down as whores and get up as virgins.
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.
Our knowledge is a little island in a great ocean of nonknowledge.
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.
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.
To me the Yiddish language and the conduct of those who spoke it are identical.
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.
Whenever I'm in trouble, I pray. And because I'm in trouble all of the time, I pray almost constantly.
For those who are willing to make an effort, great miracles and wonderful treasures are in store.
All that God does is for the good.
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.
What happened was no accident. Everything was preordained. True, the will was free, but heaven also made its ordinances.