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Abraham Joshua Heschel

Dátum narodenia: 11. január 1907
Dátum úmrtia: 23. december 1972

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„Self-respect is the root of discipline: The sense of dignity grows
with the ability to say no to oneself.“

„Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement..... get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; never treat life casually. To be spiritual is to be amazed.“


„When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people.“

„It is customary to blame secular science and anti-religious philosophy for the eclipse of religion in modern society. It would be more honest to blame religion for its own defeats. Religion declined not because it was refuted, but because it became irrelevant, dull, oppressive, insipid. When faith is completely replaced by creed, worship by discipline, love by habit; when the crisis of today is ignored because of the splendor of the past; when faith becomes an heirloom rather than a living fountain; when religion speaks only in the name of authority rather than with the voice of compassion--its message becomes meaningless.“ God in Search of Man: A Philosophy of Judaism

„People of our time are losing the power of celebration. Instead of celebrating we seek to be amused or entertained. Celebration is an active state, an act of expressing reverence or appreciation. To be entertained is a passive state--it is to receive pleasure afforded by an amusing act or a spectacle.... Celebration is a confrontation, giving attention to the transcendent meaning of one's actions.
Source: The Wisdom of Heschel“

„Wonder rather than doubt is the root of all knowledge.“

„Faith is not the clinging to a shrine but an endless pilgrimage of the heart.“

„Never once in my life did I ask God for success or wisdom or power or fame. I asked for wonder, and he gave it to me.“


„When I was young, I used to admire intelligent people; as I grow older, I admire kind people.“

„A test of a people is how it behaves toward the old. It is easy to love children. Even tyrants and dictators make a point of being fond of children. But the affection and care for the old, the incurable, the helpless are the true gold mines of a culture.“

„A religious man is a person who holds God and man in one thought at one time, at all times, who suffers harm done to others, whose greatest passion is compassion, whose greatest strength is love and defiance of despair.“

„The beginning of our happiness lies in the understanding that life without wonder is not worth living.“


„We can never sneer at the stars, mock the dawn, or scoff at the totality of being.“

„Prayer begins at the edge of emptiness.“

„The Search for reason ends at the known; on the immense expanse beyond it only the sense of the ineffable can glide. It alone knows the route to that which is remote from experience and understanding. Neither of them is amphibious: reason cannot go beyond the shore, and the sense of the ineffable is out of place where we measure, where we weigh. We do not leave the shore of the known in search of adventure or suspense or because of the failure of reason to answer our questions. We sail because our mind is like a fantastic seashell, and when applying our ear to its lips we hear a perpetual murmur from the waves beyond the shore. Citizens of two realms, we all must sustain a dual allegiance: we sense the ineffable in one realm, we name and exploit reality in another. Between the two we set up a system of references, but we can never fill the gap. They are as far and as close to each other as time and calendar, as violin and melody, as life and what lies beyond the last breath.“ Man Is Not Alone: A Philosophy of Religion

„Prayer is our humble answer to the inconceivable surprise of living.“