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Arthur Hertzberg Quotes and Sayings

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How can a rabbi not live with doubt? The Bible itself is a book of doubt.
- Arthur Hertzberg

I regard Christian and Jewish fundamentalism,
and all other forms of fundamentalism,
as the enemies of God - and I hope you'll quote me on that.
- Arthur Hertzberg

My purpose is to have American Jews look away from
the success story with which they've cheered themselves up,
and to have them remember the classical tradition,
whatever it is.
- Arthur Hertzberg

Nobody is in the process of making any changes that
we can be specific about.
- Arthur Hertzberg

 

A large part of the problem, is that young people are
being born into the world and growing up without much hope.
And so, they become murderers, they become suicide bombers.
- Arthur Hertzberg

I write to tell my grandchildren where they come from,
and what their grandparents were up to,
and I hope they will in their own way continue.
I invite anyone else to listen in.
- Arthur Hertzberg

I think anti-Semitism is the meal ticket of the organizations that fight it.
- Arthur Hertzberg

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I argue that the Talmud is about the constant struggle to understand.
- Arthur Hertzberg

Jewish fundamentalism is teaching that Jews can fight
with guns and with civil war,
against being relocated off the West Bank,
and disobey the orders of their government.
That is the call to jihad, to several kinds of jihad.
- Arthur Hertzberg

But, I know enough people in that court,
through the years, to know one thing:
There's always somebody who surprises you,
who rises above what they thought they appointed him for,
and stays with the separation of powers,
and with the right of the law to decide.
- Arthur Hertzberg

Look, the hard-line Jewish position is based,
to this day, on the idea that the Palestinian Arabs
somehow or other will either accept third-class status,
or they will pick up and go away.
Now, this isn't happening.
- Arthur Hertzberg

Most American Jews came from the lower middle classes,
and therefore they brought with them not a lot of Jewish culture.
The American Jewish story starts with Ellis Island,
and the candy store in the Bronx.
- Arthur Hertzberg

What are you going to do to preserve a tradition that
is the peculiar and unique culture that Judaism inculcates?
The American Jewish community is not going to survive
by lining up against its common enemy.
- Arthur Hertzberg

The Roosevelt enactment of Social Security was a moral
revolution in our country:
We were assured that we would never reach the very depths of poverty.
And to be told, that we are now going to gamble it,
on Wall Street, is nonsense!
- Arthur Hertzberg

I don't know where Bush is going - yet.
But, Sharon obviously - I wrote somewhere in the last several months,
that Sharon has adopted, essentially,
the position of the Labor Party: that the Palestinians are here to stay.
- Arthur Hertzberg

A rabbi should not despair if people do not do as much as they should.
Every parent has that with children.
God is merciful.
- Louis Finkelstein

I have ended as a Reform Rabbi, grateful to Christianity for so many good things.
- Lionel Blue

Calling a taxi in Texas is like calling a rabbi in Iraq.
- Fran Lebowitz

An aged rabbi, crazed with liberalism,
once said to me, We Jews are just ordinary human beings.
Only a bit more so!
- Lionel Blue

The first profile piece on myself came about after
my Rabbi sent information to the Jewish Chronicle on what I was up to.
The story was then picked up by one of the nationals
and things grew from there.
- Benjamin Cohen

There was reference made to a book written in Greek
by a former Rabbi who had been converted to Christianity.
There was reference to a publication of a high clergyman of Milan.
Not even did Jews raise objections to that book.
- Julius Streicher

Do not do to others what you would not have them do to you.
- Rabbi Hillel

My wife and I are affiliated with a temple here in Los Angeles.
We feel very close to the congregation and to the rabbi,
who happens to be my wife's cousin and who I admire greatly.
I talk to him regularly but I consider myself more
spiritual than religious.
- Leonard Nimoy

First of all, the Jewish religion has a great deal
in common with the Christian religion because,
as Rabbi Gillman points out in the show,
Christianity is based on Judaism.
Christ was Jewish.
- Barbara Walters

If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others,
what am I? And if not now, when?
- Rabbi Hillel

He who refuses to learn deserves extinction.
- Rabbi Hillel

I refuse to stand up in front of a rabbi and my friends and the woman I love -
who I will tell you I can love with all my heart -
and promise she will be the only one I will ever have until the day I die.
That's a lie.
- Gene Simmons

Laugh when you can,
apologize when you should,
and let go of what you can't change.
Life's too short to be anything... but happy.
- Anonymous PHOTO

The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing,
and should be treated with caution.
- J. K. Rowling PHOTO

Two things a man should never be angry at:
what he can help,
and what he cannot help.
- Thomas Fuller PHOTO

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. PHOTO

No idea is so outlandish that it should not be considered
with a searching but at the same time a steady eye.
- Winston Churchill

We should be too big to take offense
and too noble to give it.
- Abraham Lincoln

I surrender to life as it is, not as it should be.
- Richard Carlson

Everyone should carefully observe
which way his heart draws him,
and then choose that way with all his strength.
- Hasidic Proverb

To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.
- Abraham Lincoln

We should not pretend to understand the world
only by the intellect.
The judgment of the intellect
is only part of the truth.
- Carl Jung

You should not confuse your career with your life.
- Dave Barry

We should take care not to make the intellect our god;
it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.
- Albert Einstein

Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care
for people will hear them and be influenced
by them for good or ill.
- The Buddha

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

People should think things out fresh
and not just accept conventional terms
and the conventional way of doing things.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

The value of a man should be seen in what he gives
and not in what he is able to receive.
- Albert Einstein

Neither should a ship rely on one small anchor,
nor should life rest on a single hope.
- Epictetus

It is one thing to say that something should be done,
but quite a different matter to do it.
- Aesop

You either do it completely and utterly,
or you should stop doing it.
- Bono (paraphrase)

No statement should be believed because it is made by an authority.
- Robert A. Heinlein

Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others,
you should put a good deal of thought
into the happiness that you are able to give.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

We may have our private opinions
but why should they be a bar to the meeting of hearts?
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Life is a great big canvas,
and you should throw all the paint you can on it.
- Danny Kaye

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.

You should never be content with so little,
when you can reach out for something big.
- Charles L. Allen
(This quote is about making a big difference
in the world - not about greed)

We should distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.
- Henry David Thoreau

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

A man should look for what is,
and not for what he thinks should be.
- Albert Einstein

Intellectual growth should commence at birth
and cease only at death.
- Albert Einstein

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

Knowledge of what is, does not open
the door directly to what should be.
- Albert Einstein

Could we change our attitude,
we should not only see life differently,
but life itself would be different.
- Katherine Mansfield

The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live
that his happiness shall depend
as little as possible on external things.
- Epictetus

We should not moor a ship with one anchor,
or our life with one hope.
- Epictetus

In order to succeed, your desire for success should
be greater than your fear of failure.
- Bill Cosby

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

If the stars should appear
but one night every thousand years
how man would marvel and stare.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We should not pretend to understand
the world only by the intellect;
we apprehend it just as much by feeling.
Therefore, the judgment of the intellect is,
at best, only the half of truth, and must, if it be honest,
also come to an understanding of its inadequacy.
- Carl Jung

Instead of comparing our lot with that
of those who are more fortunate than we are,
we should compare it with the lot
of the great majority of our fellow men.
It then appears that we are among the privileged.
- Helen Keller

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

If a man is proud of his wealth,
he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it.
- Socrates

Each contact with a human being is so rare, so precious,
one should preserve it.
- Anais Nin

We should not let our response to
the people who disagree with us
be dictated by what they say about us
or even how they treat people we care for.
There has to be a chance that we can find love.
- William J. Clinton

Man should forget his anger before he lies down to sleep.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi


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