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Arthur Hertzberg Quotes

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How can a rabbi not live with doubt? The Bible itself is a book of doubt.
- Arthur Hertzberg

Nobody is in the process of making any changes that
we can be specific about.
- Arthur Hertzberg

I think anti-Semitism is the meal ticket of the organizations that fight it.
- Arthur Hertzberg

I argue that the Talmud is about the constant struggle to understand.
- Arthur Hertzberg

 

My purpose is to have American Jews look away from
the success story with which they've cheered themselves up,
and to have them remember the classical tradition,
whatever it is.
- Arthur Hertzberg

A large part of the problem, is that young people are
being born into the world and growing up without much hope.
And so, they become murderers, they become suicide bombers.
- Arthur Hertzberg

Most American Jews came from the lower middle classes,
and therefore they brought with them not a lot of Jewish culture.
The American Jewish story starts with Ellis Island,
and the candy store in the Bronx.
- Arthur Hertzberg

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I don't know where Bush is going - yet.
But, Sharon obviously - I wrote somewhere in the last several months,
that Sharon has adopted, essentially,
the position of the Labor Party: that the Palestinians are here to stay.
- Arthur Hertzberg

But, I know enough people in that court,
through the years, to know one thing:
There's always somebody who surprises you,
who rises above what they thought they appointed him for,
and stays with the separation of powers,
and with the right of the law to decide.
- Arthur Hertzberg

I write to tell my grandchildren where they come from,
and what their grandparents were up to,
and I hope they will in their own way continue.
I invite anyone else to listen in.
- Arthur Hertzberg

I regard Christian and Jewish fundamentalism,
and all other forms of fundamentalism,
as the enemies of God - and I hope you'll quote me on that.
- Arthur Hertzberg

The Roosevelt enactment of Social Security was a moral
revolution in our country:
We were assured that we would never reach the very depths of poverty.
And to be told, that we are now going to gamble it,
on Wall Street, is nonsense!
- Arthur Hertzberg

Look, the hard-line Jewish position is based,
to this day, on the idea that the Palestinian Arabs
somehow or other will either accept third-class status,
or they will pick up and go away.
Now, this isn't happening.
- Arthur Hertzberg

What are you going to do to preserve a tradition that
is the peculiar and unique culture that Judaism inculcates?
The American Jewish community is not going to survive
by lining up against its common enemy.
- Arthur Hertzberg

Jewish fundamentalism is teaching that Jews can fight
with guns and with civil war,
against being relocated off the West Bank,
and disobey the orders of their government.
That is the call to jihad, to several kinds of jihad.
- Arthur Hertzberg

An aged rabbi, crazed with liberalism,
once said to me, We Jews are just ordinary human beings.
Only a bit more so!
- Lionel Blue

Calling a taxi in Texas is like calling a rabbi in Iraq.
- Fran Lebowitz

I have ended as a Reform Rabbi, grateful to Christianity for so many good things.
- Lionel Blue

A rabbi should not despair if people do not do as much as they should.
Every parent has that with children.
God is merciful.
- Louis Finkelstein

If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others,
what am I? And if not now, when?
- Rabbi Hillel

I refuse to stand up in front of a rabbi and my friends and the woman I love -
who I will tell you I can love with all my heart -
and promise she will be the only one I will ever have until the day I die.
That's a lie.
- Gene Simmons

First of all, the Jewish religion has a great deal
in common with the Christian religion because,
as Rabbi Gillman points out in the show,
Christianity is based on Judaism.
Christ was Jewish.
- Barbara Walters

The first profile piece on myself came about after
my Rabbi sent information to the Jewish Chronicle on what I was up to.
The story was then picked up by one of the nationals
and things grew from there.
- Benjamin Cohen

He who refuses to learn deserves extinction.
- Rabbi Hillel

Do not do to others what you would not have them do to you.
- Rabbi Hillel

There was reference made to a book written in Greek
by a former Rabbi who had been converted to Christianity.
There was reference to a publication of a high clergyman of Milan.
Not even did Jews raise objections to that book.
- Julius Streicher

My wife and I are affiliated with a temple here in Los Angeles.
We feel very close to the congregation and to the rabbi,
who happens to be my wife's cousin and who I admire greatly.
I talk to him regularly but I consider myself more
spiritual than religious.
- Leonard Nimoy

How far you go in life depends on you being
tender with the young,
compassionate with the aged,
sympathetic with the striving
and tolerant of the weak and the strong.
Because someday in life you will have been all of these.
- George Washington Carver

A new friend is like new wine;
when it has aged you will drink it with pleasure.
- Ecclesiastes 9:10

The youth gets together his materials
to build a bridge to the moon,
or, perchance, a palace or temple on the earth,
and, at length, the middle-aged man
concludes to build a woodshed with them.
- Henry David Thoreau

Aeneas carried his aged father on his back from the
ruins of Troy and so do we all,
whether we like it or not, perhaps even if we have never known them.
- Angela Carter

Love is the word used to label the sexual excitement of the young,
the habituation of the middle-aged, and the mutual dependence of the old.
- John Ciardi

How pleasant it is for a father to sit at his child's board.
It is like an aged man reclining under the shadow of
an oak which he has planted.
- Voltaire

One aged man - one man - can't fill a house.
- Robert Frost

No matter how old a mother is she watches her middle-aged
children for signs of improvement.
- Florida Scott-Maxwell

Two aged men, that had been foes for life,
Met by a grave, and wept - and in those tears They
washed away the memory of their strife;
Then wept again the loss of all those years.
- Jean Paul

You might as well ask why a middle-aged man with no
criminal record might put a paper bag over his head and rob a bank.
I acted out of personal desperation.
- Aldrich Ames

Just like those who are incurably ill,
the aged know everything about their dying except exactly when.
- Philip Roth

He carried his childhood like a hurt warm bird held
to his middle-aged breast.
- Herbert Gold

I'm not a prophet or a stone aged man,
just a mortal with potential of a superman.
I'm living on.
- David Bowie

The Chinese, by their favourite system of dwarfing,
contrive to make it, when only a foot and a half or two feet high,
have all the characters of an aged cedar of Lebanon.
- Robert Fortune

Nostalgia, the vice of the aged.
We watch so many old movies our memories come in monochrome.
- Angela Carter

Europe to me is young people trying to appear middle-aged
and middle-aged people trying to appear young.
- Mike Myers

Only the middle-aged have all their five senses in
the keeping of their wits.
- Hervey Allen

Ten-year-old boys move differently than middle-aged women,
who move differently than athletic guys,
who move differently than government bureaucrats.
- Brad Bird

Almost all my middle-aged and elderly acquaintances,
including me, feel about 25, unless we haven't had our coffee,
in which case we feel 107.
- Martha Beck

I hate most of what constitutes rock music,
which is basically middle-aged crap.
- Sting

Confidence is a plant of slow growth in an aged heart.
- William Pitt

When those waiters ask me if I want some fresh ground pepper,
I ask if they have any aged pepper.
- Andy Rooney

There are some scary statistics out there:
one in five kids aged 10-17 have received a sexual
solicitation or approach via the Internet.
- Mark Kennedy

The long, dull, monotonous years of middle-aged prosperity
or middle-aged adversity are excellent campaigning weather for the devil.
- C. S. Lewis

If you're middle aged...
where're you going to go to meet someone? You're not going to go to a bar,
you're not going to go to a night club;
and there are the museums.
- Elizabeth Perkins

Prevention is one of the few known ways to reduce demand
for health and aged care services.
- Julie Bishop

I've aged, but grown up? No.
- Jake Lloyd

A woman would rather visit her own grave than the place
where she has been young and beautiful after she is aged and ugly.
- Thomas Hardy

You don't appreciate a lot of stuff in school until you get older.
Little things like being spanked every day by a middle-aged woman:
Stuff you pay good money for in later life.
- Emo Philips

We know we are entering a period of transformation in aged care.
- Julie Bishop

I'm officially middle-aged.
I don't need drugs anymore, thank God.
I can get the same effect just by standing up real fast.
- Jonathan Katz

With care, and skill, and cunning art,
She parried Time's malicious dart, And kept the years at bay,
Till passion entered in her heart and aged her in a day!
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I have often thought what a melancholy world this would be without children,
and what an inhuman world without the aged.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Men who are orthodox when they are young are in danger
of being middle-aged all their lives.
- Walter Lippmann

An aged Christian, with the snow of time upon his head,
may remind us that those points of earth are whitest
which are nearest to heaven.
- Edwin Hubbel Chapin

Middle-aged women have greater stability,
they are more loyal, and their capacity for steady
work is greater than that of younger women.
- Kate Smith

Generation X is dead.
It has come to mean anyone aged 13 to 55 years old.
- William Gibson

Not for a moment, beautiful aged Walt Whitman,
have I failed to see your beard full of butterflies.
- Federico Garcia Lorca

Experience which was once claimed by the aged is now
claimed exclusively by the young.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

I once aged 90 years old in one episode.
- DeForest Kelley

I had always said to myself that forty was the cut
off point of my apprenticeship which may for some people
sound like a very long one,
but the novel as art is a middle-aged art.
- Jane Rule

Boys will be boys, and so will a lot of middle-aged men.
- Kin Hubbard

There's a crystallization that goes on in a poem which
the young man can bring off,
but which the middle-aged man can't.
- John Updike

I'm not always in that good with middle-aged heterosexual men.
- Kathy Griffin


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