Abraham J. Heschel Quotes

Abraham J. Heschel


“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.”

Abraham J. Heschel


“Self-respect is the fruit of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.”

Abraham J. Heschel


“Just to be is a blessing; just to live is holy”

Abraham J. Heschel


“Racism is man's gravest threat to man - the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason.”

Abraham J. Heschel


“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.”

Abraham J. Heschel


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

Abraham J. Heschel


“In a controversy, the instant we feel anger, we have already ceased striving for truth and have begun striving for ourselves”

Abraham J. Heschel


“It is not enough for me to ask question; I want to know how to answer the one question that seems to encompass everything I face: What am I here for?”

Abraham J. Heschel


“The course of life in unpredictable. No one can write his autobiography in advance.”

Abraham J. Heschel