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And these two elements are at odds with one another
by 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

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

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

 

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

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

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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

Each work seems to give me the most trouble at the time I'm working on 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

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

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

It is impossible to fuse totally with a culture for
which you feel a measure of antagonism.
- 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 don't work on my Sabbath.
I write five-and-a-half or six days a week.
- 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

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

In other words, Judaism is not Calvinism.
- 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

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 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

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

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, 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

Appreciate again and again, freshly and naively,
the basic goods of life, with awe,
pleasure, wonder and even ecstasy,
however stale these experiences may have become to others.
- Abraham Maslow

I have just three things to teach:
simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
- Lao Tzu

For all sad words of tongue and pen,
The saddest are these, "It might have been.
- John Greenleaf Whittier

The simplest questions are the most profound.
Where were you born?
Where is your home?
Where are you going?
What are you doing?
Think about these once in a while
and watch your answers change.
- Richard Bach

These are the keys to a great life...
taking oneself lightly, forgiveness, and acceptance.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is not he who reviles or strikes you who insults you,
but your opinion that these things are insulting.
- Epictetus

What people often mean by getting rid of conflict
is getting rid of diversity,
and it is of the utmost importance
that these should not be considered the same.
- M. P. Follett

These are not dark days -
these are great days.
- Winston Churchill

When I look back on all these worries,
I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed
that he had had a lot of trouble in his life,
most of which had never happened.
- Winston Churchill

Loving, hating, having expectations:
all these are attachments.
Attachment prevents the growth of one's true being.
- Lao Tzu

Bad times have a scientific value.
These are occasions a good learner would not miss.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The secret of making dreams come true
can be summarized in four C's.
They are Curiosity, Confidence, Courage, and Constancy;
and the greatest of these is Confidence.
- Walt Disney

And on the pedestal these words appear:
`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
'Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Everything we say, do, think, and feel
is a product of our personal history
and the collective history of humankind.
Our name for these histories is "prejudice."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Know that you are one with the earth, with the water,
with the fire, with the air that you breathe, with all living things,
and that all of these are one with Spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When one has the feeling of dislike for evil,
when one feels tranquil,
one finds pleasure in listening to good teachings;
when one has these feelings and appreciates them,
one is free of fear.
- The Buddha

The things that have acquired unity are these:
Heaven by unity has become clear;
Earth by unity has become steady;
The Spirit by unity has become spiritual;
The Valley by unity has become full;
All things by unity have come into existence.
- Lao Tzu

If I could tell the world just one thing
it would be we're all okay,
and not to worry cause worry is wasteful
and useless in times like these.
I won't be made useless.
I won't be idle with despair,
I will gather myself around my faith.
Light does the darkness most fear.
- Jewel

Every human has four endowments- self awareness, conscience,
independent will and creative imagination.
These give us the ultimate human freedom...
The power to choose, to respond, to change.
- Stephen Covey

How far you go in life depends on you being
tender with the young,
compassionate with the aged,
sympathetic with the striving
and tolerant of the weak and the strong.
Because someday in life you will have been all of these.
- George Washington Carver

I know how hard it is in these times to have faith.
But maybe if you could have the faith to start with,
maybe the times would change.
You could change them. Think about it. Try.
And try not to hurt each other.
- the movie Oh, God!

Now abide faith, hope, love, these three;
but the greatest of these is love.
- Corinthians 13:13

The most intense conflicts, if overcome,
leave behind a sense of security and calm
that is not easily disturbed.
It is just these intense conflicts
and their conflagration
which are needed to produce
valuable and lasting results.
- Carl Jung

Times like these, dark times,
they do funny things to people.
They can tear them apart.
- the movie Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

As we join hands in fellowship
around this bountiful table,
we give thanks for the blessings of this food
and the love of these friends
as a symbol of our gratitude
for all the manifold blessings of this life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

All the Buddhas of all the ages have been
telling you a very simple fact:
Be - don't try to become.
Within these two words, be and becoming,
your whole life is contained.
Being is enlightenment, becoming is ignorance.
- Osho

A forest of these trees is a spectacle too much for one man to see.
- David Douglas

It is impossible for a lover of cats to banish these alert,
gentle, and discriminating friends, who give us just
enough of their regard and complaisance to make us hunger for more.
- Agnes Repplier

I have felt cats rubbing their faces against mine and
touching my cheek with claws carefully sheathed.
These things, to me, are expressions of love.
- James Herriot

Love and esteem are the first principles of friendship;
it is always imperfect if either of these two are wanting.
- Eustace Budgell

I wouldn't attach too much importance to these student riots.
I remember when I was a student at the Sorbonne in Paris,
I used to go out and riot occasionally.
- John Foster Dulles

I'm afraid I talk a lot, too much, perhaps.
I should have been a lawyer or a college professor or a windy politician,
though I'm glad I am not any of these.
- Tom Glazer

These are a few of my favorite things.
- Oscar Hammerstein II

All these primary impulses,
not easily described in words,
are the springs of man's actions.
- Albert Einstein

Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control;
these three alone lead one to sovereign power.
- Alfred Lord Tennyson

God, our Creator, has stored within our minds and personalities,
great potential strength and ability.
Prayer helps us tap and develop these powers.
- Abdul Kalam

God has cared for these trees,
saved them from drought, disease, avalanches,
and a thousand tempests and floods.
But he cannot save them from fools.
- John Muir

In June as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day.
No man can heed all of these anniversaries;
no man can ignore all of them.
- Aldo Leopold

I have these visions of myself being thirty,
thirty-five, forty having a family.
- Nastassja Kinski

In these times, God's people must trust him for rest of body and soul.
- David Wilkerson

Love, hope, fear, faith - these make humanity;
These are its sign and note and character.
- Robert Browning Hamilton

A few minutes ago every tree was excited,
bowing to the roaring storm,
waving, swirling, tossing their branches
in glorious enthusiasm like worship.
But though to the outer ear these trees
are now silent, their songs never cease.
- John Muir

My biggest dream is that my words will inspire heart,
hope and personal responsibility in people around the globe
long after my feet in these shoes aren't walking the planet.
- Mary Anne Radmacher


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