The real struggle is not between East and West, or capitalism and communism, but between education and propaganda.
The one who count are those persons who-though they may be of little renown-respond to and are responsible for the continuation of the living spirit.
I do not accept any absolute formulas for living. No preconceived code can see ahead to everything that can happen in a man’s life. As we live, we grow and our beliefs change. They must change. So I think we should live with this constant discovery. We should be open to this adventure in heightened awareness of living. We should stake our whole existence on our willingness to explore and experience.
He who loves brings God and the World together.
When two people relate to each other authentically and humanly, God is the electricity that surges between them.
Zusya said, a short while before his death:
“In the world to come I shall not be asked:
“Why were you not Moses?” I shall be asked:
“Why were you not Zusya?”
The atheist staring from his attic window is often nearer to God than the believer caught up in his own false image of God.
Some would deny any legitimate use of the word God because it has been misused so much. Certainly it is the most burdened of all human words. Precisely for that reason it is the most imperishable and unavoidable. And how much weight has all erroneous talk about God’s nature and works (although there never has been nor can be any such talk that is not erroneous) compared with the one truth that all men who have addressed God really meant him? For whoever pronounces the word God and really means Thou, addresses, no matter what his delusion, the true Thou of his life that cannot be restricted by any other and to whom he stands in a relationship that includes all others.
How would man exist if God did not need him, and how would you exist? You need God in order to be, and God needs you
Power abdicates only under stress of counter-power.
All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.
Solitude is the place of purification.
The world is not comprehensible, but it is embraceable: through the embracing of one of its beings.
There are three principles in a man’s being and life, the principle of thought, the principle of speech, and the principle of action. The origin of all conflict between me and my fellow-men is that I do not say what I mean and I don’t do what I say.
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- Abraham Joshua Heschel American Jewish Rabbi
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- Ludwig Wittgenstein Austrian-born British Philosopher
- Jacques Derrida French Philosopher, Literary Theorist
- Murray Bookchin American Political Thinker
- Albert Einstein German-born Theoretical Physicist
- Karl Popper Austrian-born British Philosopher
- Abraham Isaac Kook Latvian-born Jewish Rabbi
- Friedrich Hayek British Economist, Social Philosopher