Yiddish, the language which will ever bear witness to the violence and murder inflicted on us, bear the marks of our expulsions from land to land, the language which absorbed the wails of the fathers, the laments of the generations, the poison and bitterness of history, the language whose precious jewels are the undried, uncongealed Jewish tears.
"Manginot HaZman". HaAsif, 1886, p. 729f.
We take a drink only for the sake of the benediction.Isaac Leib Peretz
Youth is fair, a graceful stag, Leaping, playing in a park. Age is gray, a toothless hag, Stumbling in the dark.Isaac Leib Peretz
I want to soar the boundless blue Where winds and tempests have their birth, And let the clouds conceal for me Not heaven, but the earth.Isaac Leib Peretz
[About the diaspora] Canaan is too small for God's children. The Land of Israel will spread through all lands!Isaac Leib Peretz
A letter depends on how you read it, a melody on how you sing it.Isaac Leib Peretz
The Hebrew language... is the only glue which holds together our scattered bones. It also holds together the rings in the chain of time.... It binds us to those who built pyramids, to those who shed their blood on the ramparts of Jerusalem, and to those who, at the burning stakes, cried Shema Yisrael!Isaac Leib Peretz
A people's memory is history; and as a man without a memory, so a people without a history cannot grow wiser, better.Isaac Leib Peretz
We are more than a people.... We are of a pure blood.Isaac Leib Peretz
[About Jews] Sheer egotism compels us to the purest love of mankind as a whole.... Our hearts are like a sponge, receptive to all the newest humanitarian ideas; and our sympathy goes out to all the unfortunate, all the oppressed.Isaac Leib Peretz
[About Jews] By nature we are like all other human beings, yet our people is unlike others, because our life is different, our history is different, our teacher is the Exile.Isaac Leib Peretz
At the Throne of Glory it is not the nobly-born that are beloved, but the nobly-risen.Isaac Leib Peretz
Prayer sometimes dulls the hunger of the pauper, like a mother's finger thrust into the mouth of her starving baby.Isaac Leib Peretz
"May all unite to do Thy will with a perfect heart!"... Thus prays the Jew. Have you more beautiful prayers to offer?Isaac Leib Peretz
In the second and third exiles we have served as a living protest against greed and hate, against physical force, against "might makes right"!Isaac Leib Peretz
It is not only individuals peoples too cannot live merely for themselves. The whole world must be redeemed.Isaac Leib Peretz
Prosperity may be found in small as in big business.Isaac Leib Peretz
Don't look up to heaven, for what will you see in the sky, except stars, luminous but cold, wholly insensitive to pity?Isaac Leib Peretz
If the husband sits on a chair in the Garden of Eden, his wife is his footstool.Isaac Leib Peretz
I am a rainworm, buried deep Among the oozing, slimy things, Yet of an eagle's nest I dream, And eagle's wings.Isaac Leib Peretz
"Many refined people will not kill a fly, but eat an ox."Isaac Leib Peretz
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