Doubt is part of all religion. All the religious thinkers were doubters.

β€” Isaac Bashevis Singer

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For those who are willing to make an effort, great miracles and wonderful treasures are in store.

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In their behavior toward creatures, all men are Nazis.

Human beings see oppression vividly when they're the victims. Otherwise they victimize blindly and without a thought.

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People often say that humans have always eaten animals, as if this is a justification for continuing the practice. According to this logic, we should not try to prevent people from murdering other people, since this has also been done since the earliest of times.

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As long as people will shed the blood of innocent creatures there can be no peace, no liberty, no harmony between people. Slaughter and justice cannot dwell together.

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There will never be any peace in the world as long as we eat animals.

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Life is God's novel. Let him write it.

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I did not become a vegetarian for my health, I did it for the health of the chickens.

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Night is a time of rigor, but also of mercy.

There are truths which one can see only when it’s dark

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We all play chess with Fate as partner.

He makes a move, we make a move. He tries to checkmate us in three moves, we try to prevent it. We know we can't win, but we're driven to give him a good fight.

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Even in the worm that crawls in the earth there glows a divine spark.

When you slaughter a creature, you slaughter God.

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Whenever I'm in trouble, I pray. And because I'm in trouble all of the time, I pray almost constantly.

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Sometimes love is stronger than a man's convictions.

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About Isaac Bashevis Singer

Quotes 134 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Novelist
Birthday October 16

When you betray somebody else, you also betray yourself.

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Our knowledge is a little island in a great ocean of nonknowledge.

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Man prays for mercy, but is unwilling to extend it to others.

Why then should man expect mercy from God? It is unfair to expect something that you are not willing to give.

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A good writer is basically a story teller, not a scholar or a redeemer of mankind.

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Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression. The chasm is never completely bridged. We all have the conviction, perhaps illusory, that we have much more to say than appears on the paper.

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What nature delivers to us is never stale. Because what nature creates has eternity in it.

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There is a permanent amnesia planted in us, which just as we keep forgetting our dreams, we sometimes keep on forgetting our reality.

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When a human being kills an animal for food, he is neglecting his own hunger for justice.

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If you keep saying things are going to be bad, you have a good chance of being a prophet.

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There will be no justice as long as man will stand with a knife or with a gun and destroy those who are weaker than he is.

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If you keep on saying things are going to be bad, you have a good chance of being a prophet.

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The very essence of literature is the war between emotion and intellect, between life and death. When literature becomes too intellectual - when it begins to ignore the passions, the emotions - it becomes sterile, silly, and actually without substance.

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The more you see what other people do, the more you learn about yourself.

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Kindness, I've discovered, is everything in life.

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Originality is not seen in single words or even in sentences.

Originality is the sum total of a man's thinking or his writing.

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Slaughter and justice cannot dwell together.

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The greatness of art is not to find what is common but what is unique.

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All that God does is for the good.

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As often as Herman had witnessed the slaughter of animals and fish, he always had the same thought: in their behavior toward creatures, all men were Nazis.

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There is great treasure there behind our skull and this is true about all of us.

This little treasure has great, great powers, and I would say we only have learnt a very, very small part of what it can do.

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To be a vegetarian is to disagree - to disagree with the course of things today.

.. starvation, cruelty - we must make a statement against these things. Vegetarianism is my statement. And I think it's a strong one.

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A Marxist has never written a good novel.

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Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression.

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I am thankful, of course, for the prize and thankful to God for each story, each idea, each word, each day.

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How can we speak of right and justice if we take an innocent creature and shed its blood? How can we pray to God for mercy if we ourselves have no mercy? Nobel laureate in literature.

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In God's mill even chaff becomes flour.

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I get up every morning with a desire to do some creative work.

This desire is made of the same stuff as the sexual desire, the desire to make money, or any other desire.

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The soul never dies and the body is never really alive.

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If there would come a voice from God saying, 'I'm against vegetarianism!' I would say, 'Well, I am for it!' This is how strongly I feel in this regard.

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Various philosophers and religious leaders tried to convince their disciples and followers that animals are nothing more than machines without a soul, without feelings. However, anyone who has ever lived with an animal-be it a dog, a bird, or even a mouse-knows that this theory is a brazen lie, invented to justify cruelty.

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As often as Herman had witnessed the slaughter of animals and fish, he always had the same thought: in their behaviour towards creatures, all men were Nazis. The smugness with which man could do with other species as he pleased exemplified the most extreme racist theories, the principle that might is right.

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Children have no use for psychology. They detest sociology. They still believe in God, the family, angels, devils, witches, goblins, logic, clarity, punctuation, and other such obsolete stuff. When a book is boring, they yawn openly. They don't expect their writer to redeem humanity, but leave to adults such childish allusions.

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Children read books, not reviews. They don't give a hoot about critics.

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It is a general rule that when the grain of truth cannot be found, men will swallow great helpings of falsehood.

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The truth is that what the great religions preached, the Yiddish-speaking people of the ghettos practiced day in and day out. They were the people of The Book in the truest sense of the word. They knew of no greater joy than the study of man and human relations, which they called Torah, Talmud, Mussar, Cabala.

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While facts never become obsolete or stale, commentaries always do.

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We know what a person thinks not when he tells us what he thinks, but by his actions.

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