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

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

The road to the sacred leads through the secular.
- Abraham Joshua Heschel

God is of no importance unless He is of supreme importance.
- Abraham Joshua Heschel

 

Wonder rather than doubt is the root of all knowledge.
- Abraham Joshua Heschel

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

Man is a messenger who forgot the message.
- Abraham Joshua Heschel

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Worship is a way of seeing the world in the light of God.
- Abraham Joshua Heschel

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

He who is satisfied has never truly craved,
and he who craves for the light of God neglects his ease for ardor.
- Abraham Joshua 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 Joshua Heschel

The issue of prayer is not prayer; the issue of prayer is God.
- Abraham Joshua Heschel

Man's sin is in his failure to live what he is.
Being the master of the earth, man forgets that he is the servant of God.
- 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

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

In order to get beyond racism, we must first take account of race.
There is no other way.
And in order to treat some persons equally,
we must treat them differently.
- Harry A. Blackmun

I have never experienced racism in the feminist movement,
so it concerned me to think that I was unable to see
the subject clearly because I came from white,
middle-class privilege.
- Betty Buckley

I love Canadians because I don't see very much racism in Canada.
- Patti LaBelle

We can go on talking about racism and who treated whom badly,
but what are you going to do about it? Are you going
to wallow in that or are you going to create your own agenda?
- Judith Jamison

Christian virtues unite men.
Racism separates them.
- Sargent Shriver

We have two evils to fight, capitalism and racism.
We must destroy both racism and capitalism.
- Huey Newton

Racism tears down your insides so that no matter what you achieve,
you're not quite up to snuff.
- Alvin Ailey

Racism may be as systemic as it always was.
It is the great problem of America.
It's the one stumbling block that I don't believe was ever smoothed over.
- Robert Guillaume

If you live in the elite world of dance,
you find yourself in a world rife with racism.
Let's face it.
- Alvin Ailey

The roots of racism lie deep in man's nature,
wounded and bruised by original sin.
- Sargent Shriver

Ageism is as odious as racism and sexism.
- Claude Pepper

If I was in a room with a bunch of skinheads talking about racism,
then I would be disturbed, but after we finished a take,
we were normal people again.
- Edward Furlong

Racism is a much more clandestine, much more hidden kind of phenomenon,
but at the same time it's perhaps far more terrible than it's ever been.
- Angela Davis

It is only human supremacy, which is as unacceptable as racism and sexism,
that makes us afraid of being more inclusive.
- Ingrid Newkirk

If a man like Malcolm X could change and repudiate racism,
if I myself and other former Muslims can change,
if young whites can change, then there is hope for America.
- Eldridge Cleaver

Imagine a judicial nominee said 'my experience as a
white man makes me better than a Latina woman.'
Wouldn't they have to withdraw? New racism is no better than old racism.
- Newt Gingrich

Seems to me that the institutions that function in
this country are clearly racist,
and that they're built upon racism.
- Stokely Carmichael

No matter what vision one has of South Africa,
the first thing that must be done is to destroy racism.
- Joe Slovo

Racism, in the first place, is a weapon used by the
wealthy to increase the profits they bring in by paying
Black workers less for their work.
- Angela Davis

Racism is still with us.
But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet,
and, hopefully, we shall overcome.
- Rosa Parks

I was literally the black sheep of the family,
and there were definitely moments of discomfort while
my grandmother was working through her racism.
- Lisa Bonet

If black people mistrust white people,
they are mistrusting racism, and that is appropriate.
- Jasmine Guy

I was born and raised in the oldest settled part of
the nation and in an environment in which racism was officially mooted.
- Constance Baker Motley

I grow dizzy when I recall that the number of manufactured
tanks seems to have been more important to me than
the vanished victims of racism.
- Albert Speer

Racism isn't born, folks, it's taught.
I have a two-year-old son.
You know what he hates? Naps!
End of list.
- Denis Leary

You'd never know that listening to people in the UN
but tribalism is the father of racism.
- Stanley Crouch

Racism is a refuge for the ignorant.
It seeks to divide and to destroy.
It is the enemy of freedom, and deserves to be met head-on and stamped out.
- Pierre Berton

Sexism, like racism, goes with us into the next century.
I see class warfare as overshadowing both.
- Constance Baker Motley

Racism is always there underneath, but usually it is
exploited in these times of economic crisis,
and it's hard to find out when one slides into another.
- Iris Chang

I was raised to believe that excellence is the best
deterrent to racism or sexism.
And that's how I operate my life.
- Oprah Winfrey

Any concept of one person being superior to another can lead to racism.
- Walter Lang

We must treat the disease of racism.
This means we must understand the disease.
- Sargent Shriver

Excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism.
- Oprah Winfrey

Racism cannot be cured solely by attacking some of the results it produces,
like discrimination in housing or in education.
- Sargent Shriver

People have been killing because of racial differences
since the time of Adam and Eve,
but in this country racism has been primarily aimed at African Americans.
- Bob Cousy

The fact is that racism, despite all the doomsayers,
has diminished.
- Constance Baker Motley

I want to reach young women and to get them involved
in the mission of the YWCA,
economic empowerment of women and girls,
and ending racism.
- Patricia Ireland

Black reporters are as capable of racism as anyone else.
- Julian Bond

One of the worst things about racism is what it does to young people.
- Alvin Ailey

First there was racism.
Then liberals created institutional racism and coded racism.
You can only hear it with a dog whistle.
- Evan Sayet

Education in this country is about how to maintain
the status quo and to perpetuate racism.
- Jane Elliot

Racism is essentially natural, it's old fashioned it's
an evolutionary phase that we're going through.
Ultimately it wont exist.
- Michael Hutchence

I was the only white kid in my neighborhood for most
of my youth even in high school,
so reverse racism was just as apparent as racism.
- Shia LaBeouf

The policemen or soldiers are only a gun in the establishments hand.
They make the racist secure in his racism.
- Huey Newton

You don't fight racism with racism, the best way to
fight racism is with solidarity.
- Bobby Seale

Sometimes I feel like rap music is almost the key to stopping racism.
- Eminem

I, for one, would think both about how far we have
come as a country and how much further we need to go
to erase racism and discrimination from our society.
- Charles Rangel

Racism is taught in our society, it is not automatic.
It is learned behavior toward persons with dissimilar
physical characteristics.
- Alex Haley

Violence and racism are bad.
Whenever they occur they are to be condemned and we
should not turn a blind eye to them.
- Cate Blanchett

If only Al Sharpton were around, Lincoln would have
known he was a victim of racism.
- Ann Coulter

There's a lot more hypocrisy than before.
Racism has gone back underground.
- Richard Pryor

We African Americans have now spent the major part
of the 20th Century battling racism.
- Constance Baker Motley

I came into this whole business by going to see Rock
Against Racism gigs with the Clash.
- Billy Bragg

As much as everyone wants to downplay racism,
it exists.
There's a great mistrust among some African-Americans of white people.
- Steve Mitchell

Everybody's scared for their ass.
There aren't too many people ready to die for racism.
They'll kill for racism but they won't die for racism.
- Florynce R. Kennedy


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