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There is in my work a very strong religious foreground and background.
by 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

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'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

 

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

In other words, Judaism is not Calvinism.
- 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 don't work on my Sabbath.
I write five-and-a-half or six days a week.
- Chaim Potok

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

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

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 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

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 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

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

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 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

As we work to create light for others,
we naturally light our own way.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Live boldly. Laugh Loudly. Love Truly.
Play as often as you can
Work as smart as you are able.
Share your heart as deeply as you can reach.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

A time for work, a time for play -
balance in all things.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Dare to dream of your great success.
Become intimate with those things
which deeply motivate you
and regularly work toward
the realization of that mission.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

If you want to make peace with your enemy,
you have to work with your enemy.
Then he becomes your partner.
- Nelson Mandela

Men of lofty genius,
when they are doing the least work,
are most active.
- Leonardo da Vinci

What are you committed to?
Have you started, or are you still thinking about it -
and making excuses?
Do you work toward your goal each day?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Let us touch the dying, the poor,
the lonely and the unwanted
according to the graces we have received
and let us not be ashamed
or slow to do the humble work.
- Mother Teresa

Work like you don't need the money.
Love like you've never been hurt.
Dance like nobody's watching.
- Satchel Paige

Nothing is ever going to work out the way you want,
so you may as well choose to want the way life does work out.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you have built castles in the air,
your work need not be lost;
that is where they should be.
Now put foundations under them.
- Henry David Thoreau

The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.
- Vince Lombardi

Work as smart as you are able.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Football is like life - it requires perseverance,
self-denial, hard work, sacrifice,
dedication and respect for authority.
- Vince Lombardi

People who work together will win,
whether it be against complex football defenses,
or the problems of modern society.
- Vince Lombardi

Confidence is the most important single factor in this game,
and no matter how great your natural talent,
there is only one way to obtain and sustain it: work.
- Jack Nicklaus

There is no substitute for hard work.
- Thomas Edison

Whatever your life's work is, do it well.
A man should do his job so well that the living,
the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

There are no secrets to success.
It is the result of preparation,
hard work, and learning from failure.
- Colin Powell

Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.
- Henry David Thoreau

The price of success is hard work,
dedication to the job at hand,
and the determination that whether we win or lose,
we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.
- Vince Lombardi

My experience has been that work is
almost the best way to pull oneself out of the depths.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Three Rules of Work:
Out of clutter find simplicity;
From discord find harmony;
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
- Albert Einstein

When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.
- John Ruskin

The harder I work, the luckier I get.
- Samuel Goldwyn

Some people dream of success
while others wake up and work hard at it.
- Anonymous

Many hands make light work.
- Proverb

Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work.
- Horace

I have not failed.
I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.
- Thomas Edison

If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up.
Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.
- Michael Jordan

It isn't enough to talk about peace.
One must believe in it.
And it isn't enough to believe in it.
One must work at it.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Hard work pays off.
- Anonymous

Better learn balance. Balance is key.
Balance good, karate good. Everything good.
Balance bad, better pack up, go home. Understand?
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid

We work with the people not out of pity
but out of respect for their potential for growth and development,
both as individuals and as communities.
- Jimmy Yen

If it is surely the means to the highest end we know,
can any work be humble or disgusting?
Will it not rather be elevating as a ladder,
the means by which we are translated?
- Henry David Thoreau

When you are in any contest,
you should work as if there were -
to the very last minute - a chance to lose it.
This is battle, this is politics, this is anything.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.
- Vince Lombardi

When the best leader's work is done the people say,
"We did it ourselves."
- Lao Tzu

Opportunity is missed by most people
because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
- Thomas Edison

The trick is in what one emphasizes.
We either make ourselves miserable,
or we make ourselves happy.
The amount of work is the same.
- Carlos Castaneda

The choice is to work alone to be a little
more successful than the next person,
or to work together for the great betterment of humanity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Take time to laugh.
It is the music of the soul.
Take time to think.
It is the source of power.
Take time to play.
It is the source of perpetual youth.
Take time to read.
It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to pray.
It is the greatest power on Earth.
Take time to love and be loved.
It is a God-given privilege.
Take time to be friendly.
It is the road to happiness.
Take time to give.
It is too short a day to be selfish.
Take time to work.
It is the price of success.
- Anonymous

Laziness may appear attractive,
but work gives satisfaction.
- Anne Frank


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