Quotes by I. L. Peretz

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

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

Ugliness is the greatest of all sins. more...

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

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

The worst dog gets the best bone. more...

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

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

The 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! more...

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

[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. more...

[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. more...

[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. more...

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

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

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

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

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

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

A stranger's rose is but a thorn. more...

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

Yiddish, 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. more...

A heap of bricks is not yet a house. more...

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

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

Time is change, transformation, evolution. more...


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