Abraham Joshua Heschel

  • Self-respect is the root of discipline: The sense of dignity growswith the ability to say no to oneself

    Abraham Joshua Heschel
  • 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

    Abraham Joshua Heschel
  • The primary purpose of prayer is not to make requests. The primary purpose is to praise, to sing, to chant. Because the essence of prayer is a song, and man cannot live without a song. Prayer may not save us. But prayer may make us worthy of being saved

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

    Abraham Joshua Heschel
  • Mundus vult decipi'—the world wants to be deceived. To live without deception presupposes standards beyond the reach of most people whose existence is largely shaped by compromise, evasion and mutual accommodation. Could they face their weakness, their vanity and selfishness, without a mask?

    Abraham Joshua Heschel
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