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To the extent that I come from a deeply religious tradition
by 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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

In other words, Judaism is not Calvinism.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

Age does not protect you from love.
But love, to some extent, protects you from age.
- Anais Nin

We must respect the other fellow's religion,
but only in the sense and to the extent
that we respect his theory that
his wife is beautiful and his children smart.
- H. L. Mencken

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.
- Confucius

INTENT:
We hold the power to make things happen
through our intent -
to the extent that we use our intention
with compassion and without ego.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The movies we love and admire are to some extent a
function of who we are when we see them.
- Mary Schmich

The awareness that health is dependent
upon habits that we control
makes us the first generation in history
that to a large extent determines its own destiny.
- Jimmy Carter

To the extent that we are all educated and informed,
we will be more equipped to deal with the gut issues that tend to divide us.
- Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg

Even if I was a bad right wing guy, to the extent of
whether my arguments are right or wrong,
they're right or wrong independently if I'm right or left.
- Bjorn Lomborg

I never thought I would live long enough to see the
legal profession change to the extent it has.
- Constance Baker Motley

I've been spared to a large extent the business end of the race stick.
- Wentworth Miller

To the extent that tenure supports academic freedom,
I support tenure.
I want no person or system to have any power,
real or apparent, to chill academic freedom.
- James E. Rogers

There hasn't been one show that we did,
that I didn't enjoy to some extent.
- Peter Tork

But we can also take the radical view that the test
of an economy has to do with the extent to which it
is providing everybody with a decent means of living.
- David Korten

Success is important only to the extent that it puts
one in a position to do more things one likes to do.
- Sarah Caldwell

I think that one of the things that influences me most
as a composer is to what extent I can deconstruct and
reconstruct the material that I'm working with.
- Fred Frith

To one extent, if you've seen one city slum,
you've seen them all.
- Spiro T. Agnew

There was no race - but to the extent that there was an arms competition,
it was almost entirely on the Soviet side,
first to catch up and then to surpass the Americans.
- Herman Kahn

I guess I kind of lived in a fairytale world...
looking at everything through rose-colored glasses.
I probably always will, to a certain extent.
- Sharon Tate

Men are often capable of greater things than they perform -
They are sent into the world with bills of credit,
and seldom draw to their full extent.
- Horace Walpole

But the disparaging of those we love always alienates
us from them to some extent.
We must not touch our idols; the gilt comes off in our hands.
- Gustave Flaubert

We try to...
we are, I suppose to a certain extent all affected and erm,
that is both funny and sad I think.
- Tony Hancock

The eventual place the American army should take on
the western front was to a large extent influenced
by the vital question of communication and supply.
- Kelly Miller

Another question has been raised rather widely in Europe,
in Japan as well as in the United States is what,
to what extent will the euro become a reserve currency.
- Robert C. Solomon

Every writer, to some extent, writes about himself.
- Dario Argento

I like America to some extent.
- Michael Moore

The English Bible - a book which, if everything else
in our language should perish,
would alone suffice to show the whole extent of its beauty and power.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

A lot of people say the sitcom is dead.
I think they're right to some extent,
in that the shows they're putting out are all the same.
- Ben Savage

But a science is exact to the extent that its method
measures up to and is adequate to its object.
- Gabriel Marcel

The NATO forces will, to the extent that they have capacity,
assist the war crimes tribunal.
- Warren Christopher

Science and technology multiply around us.
To an increasing extent they dictate the languages
in which we speak and think.
Either we use those languages, or we remain mute.
- J. G. Ballard

Life will always be to a large extent what we ourselves make it.
- Samuel Smiles

I think most writers feel like they're on the outside
looking in much of the time.
All of us feel, to a certain extent,
alienated from the stuff going on around us.
- Mark Haddon

No, I didn't quite know to what extent the football might be,
but it was quite a bonus for me to try to learn new
skills and to keep fit at the same time.
- Parminder Nagra

Questions structure and, so, to some extent predetermine answers.
- A. R. Ammons

We all know that any thing which retards in any way
the free circulation of the sap,
also prevents to a certain extent the formation of wood and leaves.
- Robert Fortune

Every normal person, in fact, is only normal on the average.
His ego approximates to that of the psychotic in some
part or other and to a greater or lesser extent.
- Sigmund Freud

The real spiritual progress of the aspirant is measured
by the extent to which he achieves inner tranquility.
- Swami Sivananda

We must remember, too, that the Russian population
of the Caucasus are to a large extent Muslims,
and the areas such as Georgia which have aspirations of their own.
- Aly Khan

The rocks, to a great extent, look swept clean.
It's a much cleaner surface than what we had a right to hope for.
- Steven Squyres

O'Neill presents a very complex multi-layered kind of challenge.
His characters are always deeply complex and,
to a great extent, inaccessible.
- Gabriel Byrne

We take our bearings, daily, from others.
To be sane is, to a great extent, to be sociable.
- John Updike

Aerobic dancing is already adjusting to injury problems
and will probably phase out to some extent.
- Kenneth H. Cooper

The relationship of the two problems is rather the reverse.
To a great extent disarmament is dependent on guarantees of peace.
Security comes first and disarmament second.
- Ludwig Quidde


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