Jewish Quotes

A righteous man falls down seven times and gets up.
“A righteous man falls down seven times and gets up.”
The Jews should rejoice in their Maker. Every Jew should share in God's joy, who rejoices and is happy in His dwelling in this world.
“The Jews should rejoice in their Maker. Every Jew should share in God's joy, who rejoices and is happy in His dwelling in this world.”
People often avoid making decisions out of fear of making a mistake. Actually the failure to make decisions is one of life's biggest mistakes.
“People often avoid making decisions out of fear of making a mistake. Actually the failure to make decisions is one of life's biggest mistakes.”
A person's true character is ascertained by three parameters: his cup (i.e., his behavior when he drinks), his pocket (i.e., his financial dealings), and his anger.
“A person's true character is ascertained by three parameters: his cup (i.e., his behavior when he drinks), his pocket (i.e., his financial dealings), and his anger.”
A person should always attach himself to good people.
“A person should always attach himself to good people.”
Just as you are obligated to speak when your words will be heeded, you must remain silent when you know your words will be ignored.
“Just as you are obligated to speak when your words will be heeded, you must remain silent when you know your words will be ignored.”
If you don't know what you're living for, you haven't yet lived.
“If you don't know what you're living for, you haven't yet lived.”
A person should always act [in a dignified manner] as if he is a Torah scholar.
“A person should always act [in a dignified manner] as if he is a Torah scholar.”
If you are not a better person tomorrow than you are today, what need have you for a tomorrow?
“If you are not a better person tomorrow than you are today, what need have you for a tomorrow?”
A person should always [prefer] to be pursued rather than to pursue others.
“A person should always [prefer] to be pursued rather than to pursue others.”
The Torah that Moshe commanded us is the heritage of the congregation of Yaakov.
“The Torah that Moshe commanded us is the heritage of the congregation of Yaakov.”
Hear O Israel, G d is our L rd, G d is One.
“Hear O Israel, G d is our L rd, G d is One.”
No two minds are alike, [just as] no two faces are alike.
“No two minds are alike, [just as] no two faces are alike.”
Anyone who introduces excessive fear into his house will ultimately cause three sins: infidelity, murder, and Sabbath desecration.
“Anyone who introduces excessive fear into his house will ultimately cause three sins: infidelity, murder, and Sabbath desecration.”
A person should always [prefer to] live in a neighborhood of lions rather than a city of evildoers.
“A person should always [prefer to] live in a neighborhood of lions rather than a city of evildoers.”
It is within your close reach to follow the Torah in speech, feeling and deed.
“It is within your close reach to follow the Torah in speech, feeling and deed.”
And you shall teach the Torah to your children and you should speak about it when you are at home and when you travel, before you lie down to sleep and when you wake up.
“And you shall teach the Torah to your children and you should speak about it when you are at home and when you travel, before you lie down to sleep and when you wake up.”
The real opposite of love is not hate, but indifference.
“The real opposite of love is not hate, but indifference.”
Love your neighbor as yourself
“Love your neighbor as yourself”
A person should always speak in a respectable manner.
“A person should always speak in a respectable manner.”
If you have guarded your mouth from evil speech, your days will be peaceful.
“If you have guarded your mouth from evil speech, your days will be peaceful.”
I don't speak because I have the power to speak; I speak because I don't have the power to remain silent.
“I don't speak because I have the power to speak; I speak because I don't have the power to remain silent.”
If you do not know what there is on earth, do you expect to know what there is in heaven?
“If you do not know what there is on earth, do you expect to know what there is in heaven?”
Silence is beautiful for wise people; it is all the more beautiful for fools.
“Silence is beautiful for wise people; it is all the more beautiful for fools.”
For many afflictions, silence is the best remedy.
“For many afflictions, silence is the best remedy.”
Much have I learned from my teachers, more from my colleagues, but most from my students.
“Much have I learned from my teachers, more from my colleagues, but most from my students.”
Do not appease a person while he is still angry.
“Do not appease a person while he is still angry.”
No one is [truly] poor, save for someone who is ill.
“No one is [truly] poor, save for someone who is ill.”
A person should always incite his good inclination against his evil inclination.
“A person should always incite his good inclination against his evil inclination.”
I do not want followers who are righteous, rather I want followers who are too busy doing good that they won't have time to do bad.
“I do not want followers who are righteous, rather I want followers who are too busy doing good that they won't have time to do bad.”
A person should always be soft like a reed and not rigid like a cedar.
“A person should always be soft like a reed and not rigid like a cedar.”
In every generation one must look upon himself as if he personally had gone out of Egypt.
“In every generation one must look upon himself as if he personally had gone out of Egypt.”
The liar's punishment is that even when he speaks the truth, no one believes him.
“The liar's punishment is that even when he speaks the truth, no one believes him.”
In Jewish history there are no coincidences.
“In Jewish history there are no coincidences.”
A prisoner cannot free himself.
“A prisoner cannot free himself.”
Respect an old man who has lost his learning: remember that the fragments of the Tablets broken by Moses were preserved alongside the new.
“Respect an old man who has lost his learning: remember that the fragments of the Tablets broken by Moses were preserved alongside the new.”
Torah is not education, it's transformation.
“Torah is not education, it's transformation.”
There is no community where everyone is rich; neither is there a community where everyone is poor.
“There is no community where everyone is rich; neither is there a community where everyone is poor.”
A person should always arrange his prayer [in his mind] and then pray.
“A person should always arrange his prayer [in his mind] and then pray.”
Even a poor person who subsists on the charity of others should perform [acts of] charity.
“Even a poor person who subsists on the charity of others should perform [acts of] charity.”
Any love that depends on a specific cause, when that cause is gone, the love is gone; but if it does not depend on a specific cause, it will never cease.
“Any love that depends on a specific cause, when that cause is gone, the love is gone; but if it does not depend on a specific cause, it will never cease.”
Be wary of authorities who befriend a person for their own purposes. They appear loving when it is beneficial to them, but do not stand by the other person in his time of distress.
“Be wary of authorities who befriend a person for their own purposes. They appear loving when it is beneficial to them, but do not stand by the other person in his time of distress.”
If a person says I have worked hard but have not found [success], don't believe him. [If a person says] I have not exerted myself, and I have found [success], don't believe him. [If he says] I gave it my all and I have found [success], believe him!
“If a person says I have worked hard but have not found [success], don't believe him. [If a person says] I have not exerted myself, and I have found [success], don't believe him. [If he says] I gave it my all and I have found [success], believe him!”
Where men truly wish to go, there their feet will manage to take them.
“Where men truly wish to go, there their feet will manage to take them.”
It is better not to give alms than to give it in public, with embarrassment for the recipient.
“It is better not to give alms than to give it in public, with embarrassment for the recipient.”
Once a person has sinned and repeated the sin, [he treats it] as if it has become permitted.
“Once a person has sinned and repeated the sin, [he treats it] as if it has become permitted.”
If it be as clear to you as the light of morn, say it! If it be not, say it not!
“If it be as clear to you as the light of morn, say it! If it be not, say it not!”
A person should make himself like a captain [on the lookout for ways] to perform a mitzvah.
“A person should make himself like a captain [on the lookout for ways] to perform a mitzvah.”
Youth is a crown of roses; old age is a crown of thorns.
“Youth is a crown of roses; old age is a crown of thorns.”
Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth, for your love is better than wine.
“Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth, for your love is better than wine.”