Hasidic Proverbs

Hasidic
Proverbs

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The “I” stands between God and us. When a man says I and presumes to use his Maker’s word, he is shutting himself off from him. But there is no dividing wall before him who sacrifices his “I”.

The community of living is the carriage of the Lord.

The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others.

The man who thinks he can live without others is mistaken; the one who thinks others can't live without him is even more deluded.

The prosperity of a country is in accordance with its treatment of the aged.

The virtue of angels is that they cannot deteriorate; their flaw is that they cannot improve. Man's flaw is that he can deteriorate; and his virtue is that he can improve.

The whole world is a cloak for the lowest rung of holiness, for its feet, as it were. As it is written: And the earth is my footstool. God limits the godliness he has in infinity, and narrows it down to the focus of the material world in which man exists. And there he assigns every man his thought and word and deed according to the day, the place and the person, and hides the signs to lead men to his service. And so a man should immerse himself in the task of understanding the signs which are cloaked in thought and word and deed and so given to him in particular, in his work and his affairs, and in everything God appoints for him day by day.

To love God truly, one must first love man. And if anyone tells you that he loves God and does not love his fellowman, you will know that he is lying.

When a child walks down the road, a company of angels goes before him proclaiming, 'Make way for the image of the Holy One.'

While we pursue happiness, we flee from contentment.

You should utter words as though heaven were opened within them and as though you did not put the word into your mouth, but as though you entered into the word

One can best serve God with whatever one is doing at the moment.

One who looks for a friend without faults will have none.

One who thinks that money can do everything is likely to do anything for money.

Only one worry is permissible: a man should worry because he is worrying.

Fear only two: God, and the man who has no fear of God.

Fear the man who fears you.

From the child you can learn three things: He is merry for no particular reason; never for a moment is he idle; When he needs something, he demands it vigorously.

God dwells wherever man lets Him in

He who feels no compassion will become insane

He who fights and runs away may live to fight another day.

He, who does not believe that God wants this bit of sand to lie in this particular place, does not believe at all.

In order to really live, man must first give himself to death. But when he has done so, he discovers that he is not to die, that he is to live.

Lies are usually caused by undue fear of men

Man himself is the source of all his troubles, for the light of God pours over him eternally. But through his all-too-bodily existence man comes to cast a shadow, so that light cannot reach him.

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