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Chaim Potok quotes: Each generation thinks it fights new battles. But the battles are the same. Only the people are different. Each generation thinks it fights new battles. But the battles are the same. Only the people are different.
Chaim Potok quotes: One derives great moral strength from a cup of coffee, I said. One derives great moral strength from a cup of coffee, I said.
Chaim Potok quotes: An artist is a person first. He is an individual. If there is no person, there is no artist. An artist is a person first. He is an individual. If there is no person, there is no artist.
Chaim Potok quotes: I grew up encrusted with lead and spectrumed with crayons. My dearest companions were Eberhard and Crayola. Washing for meals was a cosmic enterprise. I grew up encrusted with lead and spectrumed with crayons. My dearest companions were Eberhard and Crayola. Washing for meals was a cosmic enterprise.
Chaim Potok quotes: Oh, it makes a difference, I thought. And if it doesn't make a difference you will make it make a difference. Oh, it makes a difference, I thought. And if it doesn't make a difference you will make it make a difference.
Chaim Potok quotes: Two people who are true friends are like two bodies with one soul Two people who are true friends are like two bodies with one soul
Chaim Potok quotes: I'm not altogether certain that a fundamentalism of necessity has to argue that it is the only reading of the human experience in order to stay alive. I'm not altogether certain that a fundamentalism of necessity has to argue that it is the only reading of the human experience in order to stay alive.
Chaim Potok quotes: Take care of your father," he said. "There aren't many people like him around anymore. Take care of your father," he said. "There aren't many people like him around anymore.
Chaim Potok quotes: Millions of people can draw. Art is whether there is a scream in you wanting to get out in a special way. Millions of people can draw. Art is whether there is a scream in you wanting to get out in a special way.
Chaim Potok quotes: Was it a pretty drawing, Asher?''No Mama. But it was a good drawing ... I don't want to make pretty drawings, Mama. Was it a pretty drawing, Asher?'
'No Mama. But it was a good drawing ... I don't want to make pretty drawings, Mama.
Chaim Potok quotes: If everybody who had brains and doubts left Orthodoxy, we would be in a great deal of trouble. If everybody who had brains and doubts left Orthodoxy, we would be in a great deal of trouble.
Chaim Potok quotes: Each work seems to give me the most trouble at the time I'm working on it. Each work seems to give me the most trouble at the time I'm working on it.
Chaim Potok quotes: Perhaps. But it is childish to think of what might have been. Perhaps. But it is childish to think of what might have been.
Chaim Potok quotes: We become like dead branches and last year's leaves and what the hell good are we for ourselves and the world in a mental ghetto. We become like dead branches and last year's leaves and what the hell good are we for ourselves and the world in a mental ghetto.
Chaim Potok quotes: The everyday was king. And the courtiers were popularization, superficiality, doubt, cynicism. The century was exhausted. The everyday was king. And the courtiers were popularization, superficiality, doubt, cynicism. The century was exhausted.
Chaim Potok quotes: A writer is a strange instrument of our species, a harp of sorts, fine-tuned to the dark contradictions of life. A writer is a strange instrument of our species, a harp of sorts, fine-tuned to the dark contradictions of life.
Chaim Potok quotes: I'm constantly revising. Once the book is written and typed, I go through the entire draft again. I'm constantly revising. Once the book is written and typed, I go through the entire draft again.
Chaim Potok quotes: They become angry and ugly and they fight anything that's a threat to them. We have to learn how to fight back without hurting them too much. They become angry and ugly and they fight anything that's a threat to them. We have to learn how to fight back without hurting them too much.
Chaim Potok quotes: It is when you are angry that you must watch how you talk. It is when you are angry that you must watch how you talk.
Chaim Potok quotes: Williamsburg was stifling, narcotized by the heat. Williamsburg was stifling, narcotized by the heat.
Chaim Potok quotes: It's my world, best friend. And I haven't seen anything outside that's better. It's my world, best friend. And I haven't seen anything outside that's better.
Chaim Potok quotes: I don't work on my Sabbath. I write five-and-a-half or six days a week. I don't work on my Sabbath. I write five-and-a-half or six days a week.
Chaim Potok quotes: They are so rigid,' he said in a sudden angry voice. 'Why do they not see that this rigidity turns away our greatest minds? They are so rigid,' he said in a sudden angry voice. 'Why do they not see that this rigidity turns away our greatest minds?
Chaim Potok quotes: Seeds must be sown everywhere. Only some will bear fruit. But there would not be the fruit from the few had the many not been sown Seeds must be sown everywhere. Only some will bear fruit. But there would not be the fruit from the few had the many not been sown
Chaim Potok quotes: In Russia I went to a great yeshiva, and in America I work in a carnival. In Russia I went to a great yeshiva, and in America I work in a carnival.
Chaim Potok quotes: Good-bye, Davita. Be discontented with the world. But be respectful at the same time. Good-bye, Davita. Be discontented with the world. But be respectful at the same time.
Chaim Potok quotes: But I do not know how else the work can be done. To touch a person's heart, you must see a person's face. One cannot reach a soul through a But I do not know how else the work can be done. To touch a person's heart, you must see a person's face. One cannot reach a soul through a telephone.
Chaim Potok quotes: I walked the streets and tasted the golden sun that lay across the city. I walked the streets and tasted the golden sun that lay across the city.
Chaim Potok quotes: Come, let us have some tea and continue to talk about happy things. Come, let us have some tea and continue to talk about happy things.
Chaim Potok quotes: As a species we are always hungry for new knowledge. As a species we are always hungry for new knowledge.
Chaim Potok quotes: A man must sometimes be forced to make choices, for it is only by his choices that we know what a man truly is. A man must sometimes be forced to make choices, for it is only by his choices that we know what a man truly is.
Chaim Potok quotes: Art is whether or not there is a scream in him wanting to get out in a special way. Art is whether or not there is a scream in him wanting to get out in a special way.
Chaim Potok quotes: Yes, there is some thought about making a film of My Name Is Asher Lev. Yes, there is some thought about making a film of My Name Is Asher Lev.
Chaim Potok quotes: I held it close to my face and smelled the ink. I have always loved the smell of ink in a new book. I held it close to my face and smelled the ink. I have always loved the smell of ink in a new book.
Chaim Potok quotes: A word is worth one coin, silence is worth two A word is worth one coin, silence is worth two
Chaim Potok quotes: Art is a person's private vision expressed in aesthetic forms. Art is a person's private vision expressed in aesthetic forms.
Chaim Potok quotes: If a person has a contribution to make, he must make it in public. If learning is not made public, it is a waste. If a person has a contribution to make, he must make it in public. If learning is not made public, it is a waste.
Chaim Potok quotes: When the alternative is possible disaster, a man must gamble. When the alternative is possible disaster, a man must gamble.
Chaim Potok quotes: Honest differences of opinion should never be permitted to destroy a friendship, he told me. Haven't you learned that yet, Reuven? Honest differences of opinion should never be permitted to destroy a friendship, he told me. Haven't you learned that yet, Reuven?
Chaim Potok quotes: It's nice to be able to retire. Comforting." "You think so?" he said. "Isn't it?" "No," he said. "Endings are never nice. It's nice to be able to retire. Comforting." "You think so?" he said. "Isn't it?" "No," he said. "Endings are never nice.
Chaim Potok quotes: ... the world will indulge you just so long Asher Lev. Then it will stop. You will simply have to grow accustomed to that truth. ... the world will indulge you just so long Asher Lev. Then it will stop. You will simply have to grow accustomed to that truth.
Chaim Potok quotes: In other words, Judaism is not Calvinism. In other words, Judaism is not Calvinism.
Chaim Potok quotes: It's not a pretty world, Papa.''I've noticed,' my father said softly. It's not a pretty world, Papa.'
'I've noticed,' my father said softly.
Chaim Potok quotes: No one knows he is fortunate until he becomes unfortunate, that's the way the world is. No one knows he is fortunate until he becomes unfortunate, that's the way the world is.
Chaim Potok quotes: It is strange how ideas can float about and be ignored until they are put into a book. A book can be a weapon ... It is strange how ideas can float about and be ignored until they are put into a book. A book can be a weapon ...
Chaim Potok quotes: I've begun to realize that you can listen to silence and learn from it. It has a quality and a dimension all its own. I've begun to realize that you can listen to silence and learn from it. It has a quality and a dimension all its own.
Chaim Potok quotes: Can you understand what it means for something to be incomplete?" my mother had once asked me. I understood, I understood. Can you understand what it means for something to be incomplete?" my mother had once asked me. I understood, I understood.
Chaim Potok quotes: God is merciful in what He sometimes lets us forget. God is merciful in what He sometimes lets us forget.
Chaim Potok quotes: It's only a book. But what it means to write a book. It's only a book. But what it means to write a book.
Chaim Potok quotes: It is impossible to fuse totally with a culture for which you feel a measure of antagonism. It is impossible to fuse totally with a culture for which you feel a measure of antagonism.