No heirloom of humankind captures the past as do art and language.— Theodore Bikel
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Epistemology is the study of knowledge. By what conduit do we know what we know?
Must we be put to shame by much smaller and poorer countries, by Ireland, France, Austria or Sweden, who have understood that a nation's support of its arts is a matter of both national pride and cultural survival?
I am determined to give the Yiddish language a fighting chance to survive.
I have always striven to raise the voice of hope for a world where hate gives way to respect and oppression to liberation.
By showing hunger, deprivation, starvation and brutality, as well as endurance and nobility, documentaries inform, prod our memories, even stir us to action. Such films do battle for our very soul.
I prefer to make common cause with those whose weapons are guitars, banjos, fiddles and words.
All too often arrogance accompanies strength, and we must never assume that justice is on the side of the strong. The use of power must always be accompanied by moral choice.
After the advent of the written word, the masses who could not - or were not permitted to - read, were given sermons by the few who could.
But there is a difference here: When Jewish children are murdered, Arabs celebrate the deed. The death of an Arab child is no cause for celebration in Israel.
I am filled with awe that filmmakers have the capacity to stir us and give us back a sense of wonder.
Although I am deeply grateful to a great many people, I forgo the temptation of naming them for fear that I might slight any by omission.
No doubt unity is something to be desired, to be striven for, but it cannot be willed into being by mere declarations.
As an artist I have an even more abiding interest in the compact between the Arts and Government.
No movement can afford to be caught in a time warp and exist in a state of suspended animation.
We live in a world of guns, bombs and terror. To conquer hate seems a nigh-impossible task.
While we all could agree that the Zionist ideal is alive and well, there is serious doubt whether the Zionist movement can be said to be an ongoing proposition, fragmented as its components are in ideology and in practice.
What moves me is neither ethnocentric pride nor sectarian arrogance.
I make no claim that Jewish culture is superior to other cultures. But it is mine.
In my world, history comes down to language and art.
But, when I toil in the field of Jewish culture which I frequently do, I am indeed a Jewish artist.
The play is always fresh to me. It's not the audience's fault that I've said the words before.
In my world, history comes down to language and art.
No one cares much about what battles were fought, who won them and who lost them - unless there is a painting, a play, a song or a poem that speaks of the event.
I know for certain of only one commandment, one obligation, that God imposes upon us, and that is to be compassionate toward other human beings.
I am a universalist, passionately devoted to the cause of equality within the human family.
We Jews have a special attachment to the Book.
The study of page after page in tomes yellowing with age was obligatory.
Retiring' - within that word is 'tiring,' and I'm not tired. I don't believe in retirement, really.
You always draw on your experiences with live audiences to know how to do comedy on films. You're working for a laugh that may or may not come six months later, but you're working in a vacuum at the time you are doing it.
'Visiting Mr. Green' is a good play. I enjoy being in it, and I have a wonderful colleague, Aidan deSalaiz, to work with. Audiences like it a lot. What's not to like?
Right up to the middle of this century all perceptions of the world around us were delivered via the bookshelf or the paper route.
I remain convinced that I can be a true universalist only when I am a better Jew.
There is no role I cannot play except a midget.
I am not a specialist but a general practitioner in the world of the arts.
In my mind the city of Ariel is a thorn in Israel's side and a serious obstacle to peace.
Accents. I'm very good with accents. I'm exceedingly good.
You can't expect the entire world to come to New York to see you. You have to travel to them.
I tried for a while to be an agricultural worker and was hopelessly bored.
I would stand around in heaps of manure and sing about the beauty of the work I wasn't doing.
When something is moving you get that intake of breath and that stillness from the audience.
Having come to live in this age is as though one were to have entered another country. Learn its language or risk being left out.
I am first, and foremost, an actor. That's what I am. To me, a song is a mini-drama. My musical ability informs the actor as well because it gives me a sense of timing that non-musicians don't have. So, one hand washes the other.
I always sang, I always acted, I always played.
I do prefer the stage. It's really the granddaddy of them all.
I am not, and have never been, in favor of boycotting Israel.
I created the role of Captain Von Trapp.
Despite a large body of work in films, TV, theatre and concerts, I am viewed by many as a Jewish artist. I do not resent the label, except for the fact that I disapprove of labels in general.
Every actor wants to direct.
If I have one vanity wish, it would be to direct.
It's the only thing I haven't done yet that I would like to.
You cannot please all of the people all of the time, and that is truer in the arts than anywhere else.
I make no claim that Jewish culture is superior to other cultures or that the Jewish song is better than the song of my neighbor.
Throughout my life I have cared as deeply about the songs of all peoples as I have about the rights of all peoples.
I refuse to do shows that are narrowly constructed, that appeal to only one sentiment. I do a lot of Jewish material in front of non-Jews and a lot of non-Jewish material in front of Jews on the simple theory that the non-Jews are entitled to a glimpse of a Jewish world and the Jews are entitled to a glimpse of the world.