I. L. Peretz Quotes | Quotes by I. L. Peretz

1In the second and third exiles we have served as a living protest against greed and hate, against physical force, against "might makes right"!

2A letter depends on how you read it, a melody on how you sing it.

3We take a drink only for the sake of the benediction.

4Ugliness is the greatest of all sins.

5Purim is the birthday of the first Schutz-Jude , the first Jewish toady to foreign royalty.

6The worst dog gets the best bone.

7[About Jews] Among other nations, the vital problems are: a good crop, extension of the boundaries, strong armies, colonies; among us, if we wish to be true to ourselves, the vital questions are: conscience, freedom, culture, ethics.

8Prayer sometimes dulls the hunger of the pauper, like a mother's finger thrust into the mouth of her starving baby.

9Time is change, transformation, evolution.

10Yiddish, the language which will ever bear witness to the violence and murder inflicted on us, bear the marks of our expulsions from land to land, the language which absorbed the wails of the fathers, the laments of the generations, the poison and bitterness of history, the language whose precious jewels are the undried, uncongealed Jewish tears.

I. L. Peretz Quotes

11[About Jews] By nature we are like all other human beings, yet our people is unlike others, because our life is different, our history is different, our teacher is the Exile.

12[About Jews] Sheer egotism compels us to the purest love of mankind as a whole.... Our hearts are like a sponge, receptive to all the newest humanitarian ideas; and our sympathy goes out to all the unfortunate, all the oppressed.

13If the husband sits on a chair in the Garden of Eden, his wife is his footstool.

14It is not only individuals peoples too cannot live merely for themselves. The whole world must be redeemed.

15Youth is fair, a graceful stag, Leaping, playing in a park. Age is gray, a toothless hag, Stumbling in the dark.

16A stranger's rose is but a thorn.

17A people's memory is history; and as a man without a memory, so a people without a history cannot grow wiser, better.

18At the Throne of Glory it is not the nobly-born that are beloved, but the nobly-risen.

19A heap of bricks is not yet a house.

20In this world it is very dangerous to be weak.

I. L. Peretz Quotes

21The Hebrew language... is the only glue which holds together our scattered bones. It also holds together the rings in the chain of time.... It binds us to those who built pyramids, to those who shed their blood on the ramparts of Jerusalem, and to those who, at the burning stakes, cried Shema Yisrael!

22[About the diaspora] Canaan is too small for God's children. The Land of Israel will spread through all lands!

23Don't look up to heaven, for what will you see in the sky, except stars, luminous but cold, wholly insensitive to pity?

24Prosperity may be found in small as in big business.

25To be of the eternal, you must be of the earth.

26Many refined people will not kill a fly, but eat an ox.