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

In other words, Judaism is not Calvinism.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
- Albert Einstein

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue,
but the parent of all other virtues.
- Cicero

Fear defeats more people than
any other one thing in the world.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don't live your life to please other people.
- Oprah Winfrey

When written in Chinese, the word "crisis"
is composed of two characters.
One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.
- John F. Kennedy

If (s)he's an apple and you're an orange,
celebrate your differences -
make a great fruit salad.
Love isn't about being the same -
it's about being sweet with each other.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love is when the other person's happiness
is more important than your own.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Happiness blooms
in the presence of self-respect
and the absence of ego.
Love yourself.
Love everyone around you.
Love everyone in the whole world.
Know that your own life is of infinite importance,
as is every other life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Could a greater miracle take place
than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?
- Henry David Thoreau

Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.
- John Lennon

Do you feel stuck?
Whether in a project, a job, a relationship,
or some other situation,
there is a time for perseverance,
and a time for letting go and moving on.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Knowing your own darkness is the best method
for dealing with the darknesses of other people.
- Carl Jung

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop,
striped and dotted with continents and islands,
flying through space with other stars
all singing and shining together as one,
the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.
- John Muir

Excellence is the result of
caring more than others think wise,
risking more than other's think safe,
dreaming more than others think practical,
and expecting more than others think possible.
- Anonymous

A hero is someone who has given his life to
something bigger than himself
or something other than himself.
- Joseph Campbell

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed
is more important than any other one thing.
- Abraham Lincoln

The best relationship is one in which
your love for each other
exceeds your need for each other.
- Anonymous

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.
- John F. Kennedy

You can choose to be peaceful right here and now ...
it has nothing to do with what other people do or think.
- Gerald Jampolsky

To carry each other is not a burden at all
but a kind of privilege.
- Bono

You can have anything you want in life if you
just help enough other people get what they want.
- Zig Ziglar

The first step in the evolution of ethics
is a sense of solidarity with other human beings.
- Albert Schweitzer

The greatest lovers are like twin blooms,
each reflecting the passion and the glory of the other.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A hero may or may not lead other people,
but all heroes lead themselves.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is only one way... to get anybody to do anything.
And that is by making the other person want to do it.
- Dale Carnegie

There are other measures of self-respect for a man,
than the number of clean shirts he puts on every day.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

You can't base your life on other people's expectations.
- Stevie Wonder

The man who goes alone can start today;
but he who travels with another
must wait till that other is ready.
- Henry David Thoreau

Many people excuse their own faults
but judge other persons harshly.
We should reverse this attitude
by excusing others' shortcomings
and by harshly examining our own.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

Decide questions without regard for tradition -
one way or the other.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If there is any one secret of success,
it lies in the ability to get
the other person's point of view
and see things from that person's angle
as well as from your own.
- Henry Ford

You cannot hate other people without hating yourself.
- Oprah Winfrey

Real love is accepting other people the way they are
without trying to change them.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Reputation is what other people know about you.
Honor is what you know about yourself.
- Lois McMaster Bujold

As we let our light shine,
we unconsciously give other people
permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence actually liberates others.
- Marianne Williamson

I think we dream so we don't have to be apart for so long.
If we're in each other's dreams, we can be together all the time.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

We win justice quickest by rendering
justice to the other party.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Courage is the ladder on which all other virtues mount.
- Clare Boothe Luce

Ultimately we know deeply that the other side
of every fear is a freedom.
- Marilyn Ferguson

Behind an able man there are always other able men.
- Chinese proverb

Don't be trapped by dogma -
which is living with the results of other people's thinking.
Don't let the noise of other's opinions
drown out your own inner voice.
- Steve Jobs

"Pride" is such a double-edged sword -
Self-Worth on one edge and Ego on the other.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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