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When I was young, I admired clever people.
by Abraham Joshua Heschel

When I was young, I admired clever people.
Now that I am old, I admire kind people.
- Abraham Joshua Heschel

Racism is man's gravest threat to man -
the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason.
- Abraham Joshua Heschel

It is not enough for me to ask question;
I want to know how to answer the one question that
seems to encompass everything I face:
What am I here for?
- Abraham Joshua Heschel

He who is satisfied has never truly craved,
and he who craves for the light of God neglects his ease for ardor.
- Abraham Joshua Heschel

 

Wonder rather than doubt is the root of all knowledge.
- Abraham Joshua Heschel

The issue of prayer is not prayer; the issue of prayer is God.
- Abraham Joshua Heschel

The road to the sacred leads through the secular.
- Abraham Joshua Heschel

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Man is a messenger who forgot the message.
- Abraham Joshua Heschel

Man's sin is in his failure to live what he is.
Being the master of the earth, man forgets that he is the servant of God.
- Abraham Joshua Heschel

Just to be is a blessing.
Just to live is holy.
- Abraham Joshua Heschel

Self-respect is the fruit of discipline;
the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.
- Abraham Joshua Heschel

God is of no importance unless He is of supreme importance.
- Abraham Joshua Heschel

Worship is a way of seeing the world in the light of God.
- Abraham Joshua Heschel

A religious man is a person who holds God and man in one thought at one time,
at all times, who suffers harm done to others,
whose greatest passion is compassion,
whose greatest strength is love and defiance of despair.
- Abraham Joshua Heschel

A test of a people is how it behaves toward the old.
It is easy to love children.
Even tyrants and dictators make a point of being fond of children.
But the affection and care for the old,
the incurable, the helpless are the true gold mines of a culture.
- Abraham Joshua Heschel

God is not a hypothesis derived from logical assumptions,
but an immediate insight, self-evident as light.
He is not something to be sought in the darkness with the light of reason.
He is the light.
- Abraham Joshua Heschel

Choose to be as a young child -
fully awake, eager for the next experience.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To the young child, all life is a great adventure -
when did we grow so dull and brittle.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Curiosity keeps one young - in thought and in action.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Is the babe young? When I behold it,
it seems more venerable than the oldest man.
- Henry David Thoreau

To keep your thinking young, stay curious.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If I were to wish for anything,
I should not wish for wealth and power,
but for the passionate sense of potential -
for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible.
Pleasure disappoints; possibility never.
- Soren Kierkegaard

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

Consciously adopt the mindset of a young child,
to whom all of life is a grand adventure.
Life is your playground.
Fashion grand castles and sweeping boulevards,
defeat fire-breathing dragons,
leap tall buildings in a single bound.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The object of education is to prepare the young
to educate themselves throughout their lives.
- Robert M. Hutchins

A friendship will be young after the lapse of half a century;
a passion is old at the end of three months.
- Madame Swetchine

The whole art of teaching is only the art
of awakening the natural curiosity
of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.
- Anatole France

Procrastination is the thief of time.
- Edward Young

It was high counsel that I once heard given to a young person,
"Always do what you are afraid to do."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

To a very young child, mommy and daddy are gods.
We spend our lives looking to regain
that sense of being cared for and protected.
Thus religion.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

For the very first time the young are
seeing history being made
before it is censored by their elders.
- Margaret Mead

I am not young enough to know everything.
- Oscar Wilde

You are only young once,
but you can stay immature indefinitely.
- Anonymous

One of the greatest cause of unhappiness -
perhaps even the only cause of unhappiness - is comparison.
I remember as a young child hearing my mother say,
"Comparisons are odious."
That is one of the oldest sayings in the English language,
and one of the most important.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Solitude is painful when one is young,
but delightful when one is more mature.
- Albert Einstein

I honor you, Hero, for you do not play to the crowd.
You play to your own soul.
An audience of one fills the house with its appreciation and applause.
Others follow you, and may attempt to emulate you,
but that is not why you are a hero.
Fame may smile upon you, or it may not.
The world may cheer your name, or you may be the unknown warrior
who rescued comrades in battle,
or taught a young girl how to shed tears of joy.
Whatever you did, you did not do for fame.
If you had, you would not be a Hero.
You are a Hero for your bold courageous inspired action.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I am no longer young enough to know everything.
- Oscar Wilde

So my father was a person who never lied to me.
If I had a question, he answered it.
I knew a lot of things at a young age because I was intrigued.
- Nick Cannon

My mom taught us the Serenity Prayer at a young age.
- Toby Keith

What harsh judges fathers are to all young men!
- Terence

In the world today, a young lady who does not have
a college education just is not educated.
- Walter Annenberg

It is a sad commentary of our times when our young
must seek advice and counsel from "Dear Abby" instead of going to Mom and Dad.
- Abigail Van Buren

Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping
young lives in the realm of entertainment towards the
ideals and objectives of normal adulthood.
- Walt Disney

Much education today is monumentally ineffective.
All too often we are giving young people cut flowers
when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants.
- John W. Gardner

There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist.
- Mark Twain

Take young researchers, put them together in virtual seclusion,
give them an unprecedented degree of freedom and turn
up the pressure by fostering competitiveness.
- James D. Watson

It's better to burn out, than to fade away.
- Neil Young

I'm fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in.
- George McGovern

How can a society that exists on instant mashed potatoes,
packaged cake mixes, frozen dinners,
and instant cameras teach patience to its young?
- Paul Sweeney

One of the greatest titles we can have is "old friend."
We never appreciate how important old friends are until we are older.
The problem is we need to start our old friendships when we are young.
We then have to nurture and grow those friendships over our middle age
when a busy life and changing geographies
can cause us to neglect those friends.
Today is the day to invest in those people
we hope will call us "old friend" in the years to come.
- Grant Fairley

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.
Anyone who keeps learning stays young.
The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.
- Henry Ford

The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

He hits it long.
His shoulders are impressively quick through the ball.
That's where he's getting his power from.
He's young and has great elasticity.
- Nick Faldo

It is a good morning exercise for a research scientist
to discard a pet hypothesis every day before breakfast.
It keeps him young.
- Konrad Lorenz

Every young man would do well to remember that all
successful business stands on the foundation of morality.
- Henry Ward Beecher

When your friends begin to flatter
you on how young you look,
it's a sure sign you're getting old.
- Mark Twain

He who would pass his declining years with honor and comfort,
should, when young, consider that he may one day become old,
and remember when he is old, that he has once been young.
- Joseph Addison

The idea is to die young as late as possible.
- Ashley Montagu

The denunciation of the young is a necessary part of
the hygiene of older people,
and greatly assists the circulation of the blood.
- Logan P. Smith

Perhaps people, and kids especially,
are spoiled today,
because all the kids today have cars,
it seems.
When I was young you were lucky to have a bike.
- James Cagney

Who would ever think that so much went on
in the soul of a young girl?
- Anne Frank

When you are young and healthy, it never occurs to
you that in a single second your whole life could change.
- Annette Funicello

Love is the word used to label the sexual excitement of the young,
the habituation of the middle-aged, and the mutual dependence of the old.
- John Ciardi

A kiss makes the heart young again and wipes out the years.
- Rupert Brooke

Woe to the man whose heart has not learned while young to hope,
to love - and to put its trust in life.
- Joseph Conrad

Old age is like everything else.
To make a success of it, you've got to start young.
- Theodore Roosevelt

To be seventy years young is sometimes
far more cheerful and hopeful
than to be forty years old.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Can you imagine young people nowadays making a study
of trigonometry for the fun of it? Well I did.
- Clyde Tombaugh

Married or unmarried, young or old, poet or worker,
you are still a dreamer, and will one time know,
and feel, that your life is but a dream.
- Donald G. Mitchell

Both young children and old people have a lot of time on their hands.
That's probably why they get along so well.
- Jonathan Carroll

It takes a long time to become young.
- Pablo Picasso


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