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Abraham Heschel Top 10 Quotes

Just to be is a blessing. Just to live is holy.
Abraham Joshua 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 Joshua 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 Joshua Heschel

God is not a hypothesis derived from logical assumptions, but an immediate insight, self-evident as light. He is not something to be sought in the darkness with the light of reason. He is the light.
Abraham Joshua Heschel

When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people.
Abraham Joshua Heschel

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

Faith is not the clinging to a shrine but an endless pilgrimage of the heart.
Abraham Joshua Heschel

The beginning of our happiness lies in the understanding that life without wonder is not worth living.
Abraham Joshua Heschel

In a controversy, the instant we feel anger, we have already ceased striving for truth and have begun striving for ourselves.
Abraham Joshua Heschel

Racism is man's gravest threat to man--the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason.
Abraham Joshua Heschel

...and a few more quotes.

Few are guilty, but all are responsible.
Abraham Joshua Heschel

We can never sneer at the stars, mock the dawn, or scoff at the totality of being.
Abraham Joshua Heschel

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.
Abraham Joshua Heschel

Prayer begins at the edge of emptiness.
Abraham Joshua Heschel

I would say about individuals, A Individual dies when they cease to to be surprised. I am surprised every morning when I see the sunshine again. When I see an act of evil I don't accomodate, I don't accomodate myself to the violence that goes on everywhere. I am still so surprised! That is why I am against it. We must learn to be surprised.
Abraham Joshua Heschel

God is either of no importance, or of supreme importance.
Abraham Joshua Heschel

To pray is to dream in league with God, to envision His holy visions.
Abraham Joshua Heschel

The true meaning of existence is disclosed in moments of living in the presence of God.
Abraham Joshua Heschel

Remember that there is meaning beyond absurdity. Know that every deed counts, that every word is power. Above all, remember that you must build your life as if it were a work of art.
Abraham Joshua Heschel

The problem to be faced is: how to combine loyalty to one's own tradition with reverence for different traditions.
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