September 01, 2005

Some Quotes That Resonate With Me

Rabbi [Judah Hanassi] would say: Which is the correct path for man to choose? Whatever is harmonious for the one who does it, and harmonious for mankind.
Ethics of the Fathers 2:1
If I am not for myself, who is for me?
And if I am only for myself, what am I?
Ethics of the Fathers, 1:14
Rabbon Gamliel’s son, Shimon, would say: All my life I have been raised among the wise, and I have found nothing better for the body than silence...
Ethics of the Fathers, 1:17

Ben Zoma would say: Who is wise? One who learns from every man. As it is written: “From all my teachers I have grown wise, for Your testimonials (eidosecha) are my meditation.”[1]
Ethics of the Fathers, 4:1

All quotes pulled from here. Although I should add for those who are interested this is just one site that I frequent.

2 comments:

rabbi neil fleischmann said...

These are all from Pirkei Avot. I recommend reading throught he text itself as I visited this site and it only has selected quotes.

Jack's Shack said...

I have always enjoyed Pirkei Avot, there is some very interesting material there.