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Come, let us have some tea and continue to talk about happy things. ...
by Chaim Potok

Come, let us have some tea and continue to talk about happy things.
- Chaim Potok

All of us grow up in particular realities -
a home,
family, a clan, a small town, a neighborhood.
Depending upon how we're brought up,
we are either deeply aware of the particular reading
of reality into which we are born,
or we are peripherally aware of it.
- Chaim Potok

It is inconceivable to me that a million or three million
or half a million human beings will think and feel
precisely the same way on any single subject.
- Chaim Potok

As a species we are always hungry for new knowledge.
- Chaim Potok

 

I don't work on my Sabbath.
I write five-and-a-half or six days a week.
- Chaim Potok

And yet there are some magnificent things from Freud,
profound insights into the nature of man.
- Chaim Potok

To the extent that I come from a deeply religious tradition
and have been contending with those beginnings all of my life -
that constitutes the subject of much of my early fiction.
- Chaim Potok

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But today we become aware of other readings of the
human experience very quickly because of the media
and the speed with which people travel the planet.
- Chaim Potok

Two hundred or more years ago most people on the planet
were never aware of any reality other than the one
into which they were brought up.
- Chaim Potok

Each work seems to give me the most trouble at the time I'm working on it.
- Chaim Potok

I'm constantly revising.
Once the book is written and typed, I go through the entire draft again.
- Chaim Potok

I'm not altogether certain that a fundamentalism of
necessity has to argue that it is the only reading
of the human experience in order to stay alive.
- Chaim Potok

If I had a plot that was all set in advance,
why would I want go through the agony of writing the
novel? A novel is a kind of exploration and discovery,
for me at any rate.
- Chaim Potok

It is impossible to fuse totally with a culture for
which you feel a measure of antagonism.
- Chaim Potok

Yes, there is some thought about making a film of My Name Is Asher Lev.
- Chaim Potok

I think the hardest part of writing is revising.
And by that I mean the following: A novelist has to
create the piece of marble and then chip away to find the figure in it.
- Chaim Potok

In other words, Judaism is not Calvinism.
- Chaim Potok

There is in my work a very strong religious foreground and background.
In the later work some of that tends to diminish,
but it's certainly present in the early work.
- Chaim Potok

Every man who has shown the world the way to beauty,
to true culture, has been a rebel, a 'universal' without patriotism,
without home, who has found his people everywhere.
- Chaim Potok

Well, in The Chosen, Danny Saunders,
from the heart of his religious reading of the world,
encounters an element in the very heart of the secular readings of the world -
Freudian psychoanalytic theory.
- Chaim Potok

And these two elements are at odds with one another
because Freud is utterly adversary to almost all the
ways of structuring the human experience found in Western religions.
No Western religion can countenance Freud's view of man.
- Chaim Potok

A book is sent out into the world, and there is no
way of fully anticipating the responses it will elicit.
Consider the responses called forth by the Bible,
Homer, Shakespeare - let alone contemporary poetry or a modern novel.
- Chaim Potok

I get up around 6:30.
I work from about 8:00 to 1:00, take a break for lunch,
work again until about 5:00, and then go for a long walk and have dinner.
Then, if my wife and I have no previous plans,
we decide what to do for the evening.
- Chaim Potok

I think that to a very great extent we are partners
with the divine in this enterprise called history.
That is an ongoing relationship, and there is absolutely
no guarantee that things will automatically work out to our best advantage.
- Chaim Potok

What I have in advance are people I want to write about
and a problem or problems that I see those people encountering
and that I want to explore -
it all proceeds sentence by sentence,
paragraph by paragraph, and scene by scene.
- Chaim Potok

Well, one hopes that if you're really related to the
core of your particular culture,
you have profound commitments to it,
and that you are aware of how much you can strain it
before you do violence to its essential nature.
- Chaim Potok

A non-fiction writer pretty much has the shape of the
figure in front of him or her and goes about refining it.
A work of non-fiction is not as difficult to write as a work of fiction,
but it's not as satisfying in the end.
- Chaim Potok

I think most serious writers, certainly in the modern period,
use their own lives or the lives of people close to
them or lives they have heard about as the raw material for their creativity.
- Chaim Potok

In spite of unseasonable wind, snow
and unexpected weather of all sorts -
a gardener still plants.
And tends what they have planted ...
believing that Spring will come.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Clouds come floating into my life,
no longer to carry rain or usher storm,
but to add color to my sunset sky.
- Rabindranath Tagore

We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned,
so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.
- Joseph Campbell

The full measure of a man is
not to be found in the man himself,
but in the colors and textures that
come alive in others because of him.
- Albert Schweitzer

The traveler sees what he sees,
the tourist sees what he has come to see.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions.
- Og Mandino

All our dreams can come true,
if we have the courage to pursue them.
- Walt Disney

Come to the edge
We can't. We're afraid
We can't. We will fall. Come to the edge
And they came. And he pushed them
And they flew
- Guillaume Apollinaire

The sun WILL come up tomorrow.
- Anonymous

Great opportunities to help others seldom come,
but small ones surround us every day.
- Sally Koch

No individual has any right to come into the world
and go out of it without leaving something behind.
- George Washington Carver

When life is too easy for us, we must beware
or we may not be ready to meet the blows
which sooner or later come to everyone, rich or poor.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

If a warrior is to succeed at anything,
the success must come gently,
with a great deal of effort but with no stress or obsession.
- Carlos Castaneda

"Begin at the beginning," the King said, very gravely,
"and go on till you come to the end: then stop."
- Lewis Carroll

Success doesn't come to you, you go to it.
- Marva Collins

Good things come in small packages.
- old proverb

Non-violence, which is the quality of the heart,
cannot come by an appeal to the brain.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

When I examine myself and my methods of thought,
I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy
has meant more to me than
any talent for absorbing positive knowledge.
- Albert Einstein

Satisfaction does not come with achievement, but with effort.
Full effort is full victory.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Choose your life's mate carefully.
From this one decision will come
90 percent of all your happiness or misery.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Strength does not come from winning.
Your struggles develop your strengths.
When you go through hardships
and decide not to surrender,
that is strength.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

We tend to forget that happiness doesn't
come as a result of getting something we don't have,
but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.
- Frederick Koenig

From small beginnings come great things.
- Anonymous

As long as one keeps searching, the answers come.
- Joan Baez

Be bold, and mighty forces will come to your aid.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The key to happiness is having dreams.
The key to success is making your dreams come true.
- Anonymous

The most important thing about Spaceship Earth -
an instruction book didn't come with it.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Strength does not come from physical capacity.
It comes from an indomitable will.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves
come when life seems most challenging.
- Joseph Campbell

Be an opener of doors for such as come after thee.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Spread love everywhere you go.
Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.
- Mother Teresa

Ninety-nine percent of the failures
come from people who have the habit of making excuses.
- George Washington Carver

If I keep a green bough in my heart the singing bird will come.
- Chinese proverb

We come to love not by finding the perfect person,
but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.
- Angelina Jolie

Take the initiative - don't wait for life to come to you.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Don't ask yourself what the world needs;
ask yourself what makes you come alive.
And then go and do that.
Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
- Howard Thurman

Some people come into our lives and quickly go.
Some people stay for awhile,
and move our souls to dance.
They awaken us to a new understanding,
leave footprints on our hearts,
and we are never, ever the same.
- Flavia Weedn

We come nearest to the great
when we are great in humility.
- Rabindranath Tagore

If you build it, he will come.
- the movie Field of Dreams

My greatest Power and my greatest Inner Peace come
when I Intend my future, and when I avoid Expecting it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Eagles come in all shapes and sizes,
but you will recognize them chiefly by their attitudes.
- E. F. Schumacher

The best is yet to come.
- Ernest Holmes

An invasion of armies can be resisted,
but not an idea whose time has come.
- Victor Hugo


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