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Martin Buber
February 8, 1878 - June 13, 1965
Nationality: German
Category: Philosopher
Subcategory: German Philosopher

An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language.


There are three principles in a man's being and life, the principle of thought, the principle of speech, and the principle of action. The origin of all conflict between me and my fellow-men is that I do not say what I mean and I don't do what I say.


To be old can be glorious if one has not unlearned how to begin.


A person cannot approach the divine by reaching beyond the human. To become human, is what this individual person, has been created for.


Play is the exultation of the possible.


For sin is just this, what man cannot by its very nature do with his whole being; it is possible to silence the conflict in the soul, but it is not possible to uproot it.


The law is not thrust upon man; it rests deep within him, to waken when the call comes.


All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.


I do, indeed, close my door at times and surrender myself to a book, but only because I can open the door again and see a human face looking at me.


Through the Thou a person becomes I.


Solitude is the place of purification.


The world is not comprehensible, but it is embraceable: through the embracing of one of its beings.


God wants man to fulfill his commands as a human being and with the quality peculiar to human beings.


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