At the time and in the country in which the present study was written, it was granted by everyone except backward people that the Jewish faith had not been refuted by science or by history.... [O]ne could grant to science and history everything they seem to teach regarding the age of the world, the origin of man, the impossibility of miracles, the impossibility of the immortality of the soul, and of the resurrection of the body, the Jahvist, the Elohist, the third Isaah, and so on, without abandoning one iota of the substance of the Jewish faith.
Dignity belongs to the conquered.
Life is full of misery, loneliness, and suffering and it's all over much too soon.
When you can't remember why you're hurt, that's when you're healed.
Most of us, swimming against the tides of trouble the world knows nothing about, need only a bit of praise or encouragement - and we will make the goal.
Jerome P Fleishman
Opinions are a private matter. The public has an interest only in judgments.
The New is not a fashion, it is a value.
We do not die because we have to die; we die because one day, and not so long ago, our consciousness was forced to deem it necessary.
Fail, fail again, fail better.
A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in return.
I was in hospital once. There was a man in another ward, dying of throat cancer. In the silence, I could hear his screams continually. That's the only kind of form my work has.
The music is not in the notes,
but in the silence between.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The heart has reasons which the reason knows not of.
Brevity is the soul of wit.
I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people.
Sir Isaac Newton
Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.
Anger cannot be dishonest.
George R Bach
The greatest honor that can be paid to the work of art, on its pedestal of ritual display, is to describe it with sensory completeness. We need a science of description. Criticism is ceremonial revivification.
Because of our social circumstances, male and female are really two cultures and their life experiences are utterly different.
I realized early on that the academy and the literary world alike -- and I don't think there really is a distinction between the two -- are always dominated by fools, knaves, charlatans and bureaucrats. And that being the case, any human being, male or female, of whatever status, who has a voice of her or his own, is not going to be liked.
That is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great.
In art and dream may you proceed with abandon. In life may you proceed with balance and stealth.