A. D. Gordon Quotes

Aaron David Gordon (Hebrew: ???? ??? ????????; 9 June 1856 – 22 February 1922), more commonly known as A. D. Gordon, was a Zionist ideologue and the spiritual force behind practical Zionism and Labor Zionism. He founded Hapoel Hatzair, a movement that set the tone for the Zionist movement for many years to come. Influenced by Leo Tolstoy and others, it is said that in effect he made a religion of labor. However, he himself wrote in 1920, "Surely in our day it is possible to live without religion." Wikipedia

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A. D. Gordon


Nowhere in the world can the Jew savor the taste of Homeland save in the Land of Israel.

A. D. Gordon


We must enhance the light, not fight the darkness.

A. D. Gordon


You work here [on the farm] simply without philosophizing; sometimes the work is hard and crowded with pettiness. But at times you feel a surge of cosmic exaltation, like the clear light of the heavens... . And you, too, seem to be taking root in the soil which you are digging, to be nourished by the rays of the sun, to share life with the tiniest blade of grass, with each flower; living in nature's depths, you seem then to rise and grow into the vast expanse of the universe.

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And when you, O human, will return to Nature, that day your eyes will open, you will stare straight into the eyes of Nature and in its mirror you will see your image. You will knowthat when you hid from Nature, you hid from yourselfWe who have been turned away from Nature - if we desire life, we must establish a new relationship with Nature.

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The soul of the slave, the soul of the "little man," is as dear to me as the soul of the great.

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The soul should be examined in the light of other souls.

A. D. Gordon


A false idea is not only one which is absolutely subjective but one which is absolutely objective.

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