Top 10 most inspiring quotes by Isaac Bashevis Singer
- I believe in God but people are liars. It’s those people who say they are appointed by God who I don’t believe in.
- In their behavior toward creatures, all men are Nazis. Human beings see oppression vividly when they’re the victims. Otherwise they victimize blindly and without a thought.
- When I was a little boy, they called me a liar, but now that I am grown up, they call me a writer.
- We all play chess with Fate as partner. He makes a move, we make a move. He tries to checkmate us in three moves, we try to prevent it. We know we can’t win, but we’re driven to give him a good fight.
- As long as people will shed the blood of innocent creatures there can be no peace, no liberty, no harmony between people. Slaughter and justice cannot dwell together.
- Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression.
- Every human character appears only once in the history of human beings. And so does every event of love.
- No doubt the world is entirely an imaginary world, but it is only once removed from the true world.
- Even the worm that crawls in the Earth there glows a divine spark. When you slaughter a creature, you slaughter your God.
- The past is not lost. An image from years ago remained present somewhere in the fourth dimension and it reached you just in that moment.
Isaac Bashevis Singer (1902-1991) was a renowned Polish-American writer and Nobel laureate in literature. He was born on July 14, 1902, in Leoncin, Poland (then part of the Russian Empire). Singer grew up in a family of Jewish intellectuals and was deeply influenced by his upbringing in a traditional Jewish community.
Singer began his writing career as a journalist in Warsaw, where he wrote for Yiddish-language newspapers. In 1935, he emigrated to the United States, settling in New York City. Despite facing initial challenges, including language barriers, Singer eventually established himself as a prominent Yiddish writer.
Singer’s literary works often revolved around the themes of Jewish life, folklore, and spirituality. His stories were characterized by a blend of realism, fantasy, and elements of Jewish mysticism. He became known for his poignant and insightful portrayals of Jewish characters and their struggles in both old-world European settings and the modern diaspora.
In 1978, Singer was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for his “impassioned narrative art which, with roots in a Polish-Jewish cultural tradition, brings universal human conditions to life.” This recognition further elevated his international reputation.
Isaac Bashevis Singer’s notable works include “The Family Moskat,” “The Magician of Lublin,” and “Enemies, a Love Story.” His writing continues to be celebrated for its rich storytelling, vivid characters, and exploration of the human condition. Singer passed away on July 24, 1991, in Surfside, Florida, leaving behind a lasting literary legacy.
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