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No heirloom of humankind captures the past as do art and language. ...
by Theodore Bikel

No heirloom of humankind captures the past as do art and language.
- Theodore Bikel

Related topics: Art

Having come to live in this age is as though one were
to have entered another country.
Learn its language or risk being left out.
- Theodore Bikel

What moves me is neither ethnocentric pride nor sectarian arrogance.
I make no claim that Jewish culture is superior to other cultures.
But it is mine.
- Theodore Bikel

We live in a world of guns, bombs and terror.
To conquer hate seems a nigh-impossible task.
- Theodore Bikel

 

You learn more from the flops than you do from the hits.
- Theodore Bikel

I created the role of Captain Von Trapp.
- Theodore Bikel

I prefer to choose which traditions to keep and which to let go.
- Theodore Bikel

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I do prefer the stage.
It's really the granddaddy of them all.
- Theodore Bikel

I remain convinced that I can be a true universalist
only when I am a better Jew.
- Theodore Bikel

When something is moving you get that intake of breath
and that stillness from the audience.
- Theodore Bikel

For I firmly believe that Jewish life,
indeed any communal life, can only be organized according
to democratic principles.
- Theodore Bikel

I know for certain of only one commandment,
one obligation, that God imposes upon us,
and that is to be compassionate toward other human beings.
- Theodore Bikel

Every actor wants to direct.
- Theodore Bikel

I have always striven to raise the voice of hope for
a world where hate gives way to respect and oppression to liberation.
- Theodore Bikel

If I have one vanity wish, it would be to direct.
It's the only thing I haven't done yet that I would like to.
- Theodore Bikel

I'm exceedingly proud of being an actor,
but I never recommend it to anyone.
- Theodore Bikel

But there is a difference here: When Jewish children are murdered,
Arabs celebrate the deed.
The death of an Arab child is no cause for celebration in Israel.
- Theodore Bikel

I am filled with awe that filmmakers have the capacity
to stir us and give us back a sense of wonder.
- Theodore Bikel

We Jews have a special attachment to the Book.
The study of page after page in tomes yellowing with age was obligatory.
- Theodore Bikel

I always sang, I always acted, I always played.
- Theodore Bikel

One might have thought the world would stop ascribing
moral equivalence between acts of terrorism and acts of punishing terrorism.
It has not happened that way.
- Theodore Bikel

As an artist I have an even more abiding interest in
the compact between the Arts and Government.
- Theodore Bikel

You don't really need modernity in order to exist totally and fully.
You need a mixture of modernity and tradition.
- Theodore Bikel

I am determined to give the Yiddish language a fighting chance to survive.
- Theodore Bikel

I make no claim that Jewish culture is superior to
other cultures or that the Jewish song is better than the song of my neighbor.
- Theodore Bikel

On the stage you're there, it's live.
There's a beginning, a middle, an end.
When something is funny you hear it right away.
- Theodore Bikel

I prefer to make common cause with those whose weapons are guitars,
banjos, fiddles and words.
- Theodore Bikel

You can't expect the entire world to come to New York to see you.
You have to travel to them.
- Theodore Bikel

But, when I toil in the field of Jewish culture which I frequently do,
I am indeed a Jewish artist.
- Theodore Bikel

After the advent of the written word,
the masses who could not - or were not permitted to -
read,
were given sermons by the few who could.
- Theodore Bikel

No movement can afford to be caught in a time warp
and exist in a state of suspended animation.
- Theodore Bikel

All too often arrogance accompanies strength,
and we must never assume that justice is on the side of the strong.
The use of power must always be accompanied by moral choice.
- Theodore Bikel

Right up to the middle of this century all perceptions
of the world around us were delivered via the bookshelf or the paper route.
- Theodore Bikel

Audiences are audiences.
- Theodore Bikel

The play is always fresh to me.
It's not the audience's fault that I've said the words before.
- Theodore Bikel

I do not know who there is among us that can claim
to know God's purpose and God's intent.
- Theodore Bikel

I am not a specialist but a general practitioner in the world of the arts.
- Theodore Bikel

I am a universalist, passionately devoted to the cause
of equality within the human family.
- Theodore Bikel

Epistemology is the study of knowledge.
By what conduit do we know what we know?
- Theodore Bikel

No doubt unity is something to be desired,
to be striven for, but it cannot be willed into being by mere declarations.
- Theodore Bikel

Although I am deeply grateful to a great many people,
I forgo the temptation of naming them for fear that
I might slight any by omission.
- Theodore Bikel

Throughout my life I have cared as deeply about the
songs of all peoples as I have about the rights of all peoples.
- Theodore Bikel

In my world, history comes down to language and art.
No one cares much about what battles were fought,
who won them and who lost them - unless there is a painting,
a play, a song or a poem that speaks of the event.
- Theodore Bikel

Despite a large body of work in films,
TV, theatre and concerts, I am viewed by many as a Jewish artist.
I do not resent the label, except for the fact that
I disapprove of labels in general.
- Theodore Bikel

While we all could agree that the Zionist ideal is alive and well,
there is serious doubt whether the Zionist movement
can be said to be an ongoing proposition,
fragmented as its components are in ideology and in practice.
- Theodore Bikel

You always draw on your experiences with live audiences
to know how to do comedy on films.
You're working for a laugh that may or may not come six months later,
but you're working in a vacuum at the time you are doing it.
- Theodore Bikel

I tried for a while to be an agricultural worker and was hopelessly bored.
To me it was meaningless.
I would stand around in heaps of manure and sings about
the beauty of the work I wasn't doing.
- Theodore Bikel

By showing hunger, deprivation, starvation and brutality,
as well as endurance and nobility, documentaries inform,
prod our memories, even stir us to action.
Such films do battle for our very soul.
- Theodore Bikel

Must we be put to shame by much smaller and poorer countries,
by Ireland, France, Austria or Sweden,
who have understood that a nation's support of its
arts is a matter of both national pride and cultural survival?
- Theodore Bikel

Say NO to the demands of the world.
Say YES to the longings of your own heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Time, like life itself, has no inherent meaning.
We give our own meaning to time as to life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences.
No one can eliminate prejudices -
just recognize them.
- Edward R. Murrow

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

If we have no peace,
it is because we have forgotten
that we belong to each other.
- Mother Teresa

I leave no trace of wings in the air,
but I am glad I have had my flight.
- Rabindranath Tagore

See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil.
- Japanese pictorial maxim (the Three Wise Monkeys)

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

There are no facts, only interpretations.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

He who can no longer pause to wonder
and stand rapt in awe,
is as good as dead;
his eyes are closed.
- Albert Einstein

Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Listen hard.
Practice wellness.
Play with abandon.
Laugh.
Choose with no regret.
Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The River of Life has no meaning,
no good, no bad, no better, no worse,
no love, no hate, no fear, no anger, no joy.
The River of Life has no judgment, no expectation.
The River of Life just IS.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I say NO to the demands of the world.
I say YES to the longings of my own heart.
There is nothing I ever need to have.
There is nothing I ever need to do.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do or do not, there is no try.
- Jedi Master Yoda in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

When people get caught up with that which is right
and they are willing to sacrifice for it,
there is no stopping point short of victory.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Without change, there would be no butterflies.
- Anonymous

No good comes from hurrying.
- Yiddish Proverb

No one was ever named "Hero" for following the crowd.
Heroes set their own course.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need
but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?
- 1 John 3:17

Sing like no one's listening,
love like you've never been hurt,
dance like nobody's watching,
and live like its heaven on earth.
- Mark Twain

Choose with no regret.
- Mary Anne Radmacher


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