| God, for example, appealed to me as a beardless man wearing a quilted silk cap; holiness was something burning, forbidding, something connected with fire while a day had the form of an oblong box.
| What is this world? A mere curl of smoke for the wind to scatter.
| Remember that it is not enough to abstain from lying by word of mouth; for the worst lies are often conveyed by a false look, smile, or act.
| The orthodox Jewish faith practically excludes woman from religious life.
| Above all, you must fight conceit, envy, and every kind of ill-feeling in your heart.
| If you feel that you are good, don't be too proud of it.
| You must never tire fighting Satan.
| I was a great dreamer of day dreams.
| Life is much shorter than I imagined it to be.
| Be modest, humble, simple. Control your anger.
| If it be true that our people represent a high percentage of mental vigor, the distinction is probably due, in some measure, to the extremely important part which Talmud studies have played in the spiritual life of the race.
| The dearest days in one's life are those that seem very far and very near at once.
| What is wealth? A dream of fools.
| If you study the Talmud you please God even more than you do by praying or fasting.
| Only the other world has substance and reality; only good deeds and holy learning have tangible worth.
| If a man is tongue-tied, don't laugh at him, but, rather, feel pity for him, as you would for a man with broken legs.