Martin Buber was an Austrian-born Jewish philosopher best known for his philosophy of dialogue, a religious existentialism centered on the distinction between the I-Thou relationship and the I-It relationship.Buber came from a family of observant Jews, but broke with Jewish custom to pursue secular studies in philosophy.
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When two people relate to each other authentically and humanly, God is the electricity that surges between them.
Without being and remaining oneself, there is no love.
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.
The law is not thrust upon man; it rests deep within him, to waken when the call comes.
The world is a spinning die, and everything turns and changes: man is turned into angel, and angel into man, and the head into the foot, and the foot into the head. Thus all things turn and spin and change, this into that, and that into this, the topmost to the undermost, and the undermost to the topmost. For at the root all is one, and salvation inheres in the change and return of things.
Meet the world with the fullness of your being, and you shall meet God.
Of you wish to believe, love.
The future stands in need of you in order to be born.
To him who knows how to read the legend, it conveys more truth than the chronicle.
No limits are set to the ascent of man, and to each and everyone the highest stands open. Here it is only your personal choice that decides.
If you want to raise a man from mud and filth, do not think it is enough to stay on top and reach a helping hand down to him. You must go all the way down yourself, down into mud and filth. Then take hold of him with strong hands and pull him and yourself out into the light.
All names of God remain hallowed because they have been used not only to speak of God but also to speak to him.
God wants man to fulfill his commands as a human being and with the quality peculiar to human beings.
He who loves brings God and the World together.
You should carefully observe the way toward which your heart draws you, then choose this way with all your strength.
God cannot be seen, but He can listened to and spoken to!
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.
Only men who are capable of saying Thou [an attitude of deep respect] to one another can truly say we with one another.
The salvation of man does not lie in his holding himself far removed from the worldly, but in consecrating it to holy, to divine meaning.
Play is the exultation of the possible.
What you must do is love your neighbor as yourself.
There is no one who knows your many faults better than you! But you love yourself notwithstanding. And so you must love your neighbor, no matter how many faults you see in him.
I shall teach you the best way to say Torah.
You must cease to be aware of yourselves. You must be nothing but an ear that hears what the universe of the word is constantly saying within you. The moment you start hearing what you yourself are saying, YOU must stop.
The true meaning of love one's neighbor is not that it is a command from God which we are to fulfill, but that through it and in it we meet God.
We should also pray for the wicked among the peoples of the world; we should love them too.
It is not the nature of the task, but its consecration, that is the vital thing.
What is it that is eternal: the primal phenomenon, present in the here and now, of what we call revelation? It is man's emerging from the moment of the supreme encounter, being no longer the same as he was when entering into it.
When a man grows aware of a new way in which to serve God, he should carry it around with him secretly, and without uttering it, for nine months, as though he were pregnant with it, and let others know of it only at the end of that time, as though it were a birth.
The tradition of the camp fire faces that of the pyramid.
Everything is full of sacramental substance, everything.
Each thing and each function is ever ready to light up into a sacrament.
Human life and humanity come into being in genuine encounters.
The hope for this hour depends upon the renewal of the immediacy of dialogue among human beings.
It pains me to speak of God in the third person.
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.
The biblical passage which says of Abraham and the three visiting angels: "And He stood over them under the tree and they did eat" is interpreted by Rabbi Zusya to the effect that man stands above the angels, because he knows something unknown to them, namely, that eating may be hallowed by the eater's intention.... Any natural act, if hallowed, leads to God, and nature needs man for what no angel can perform on it, namely, its hallowing.
Nothing so tends to mask the face of God as religion; it can be a substitute for God himself.
To love God truly, one must first love man.
And if anyone tells you that he loves God and does not love his fellow-man, you will know that he is lying.
A human being becomes whole not in virtue of a relation to himself [only] but rather in virtue of an authentic relation to another human being(s).
To begin with oneself but not to end with onself. To start from oneself but not to aim at oneself.
In the story of the Creation we read: ".
. . And behold, it was very good." But, in the passage where Moses reproves Israel, the verse says: "See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil." Where did the evil come from? Evil too is good. It is the lowest rung of perfect goodness. If you do good deeds, even evil will become good; but if you sin, evil will really become evil.