Abraham Cahan Quotes

  • Remember that it is not enough to abstain from lying by word of mouth; for the worst lies are often conveyed by a false look, smile, or act.

  • If you feel that you are good, don't be too proud of it.

  • What is wealth? A dream of fools.

  • If you study the Talmud you please God even more than you do by praying or fasting.

  • Be modest, humble, simple. Control your anger.

  • Life is much shorter than I imagined it to be.

  • Only the other world has substance and reality; only good deeds and holy learning have tangible worth.

  • If it be true that our people represent a high percentage of mental vigor, the distinction is probably due, in some measure, to the extremely important part which Talmud studies have played in the spiritual life of the race.

  • The orthodox Jewish faith practically excludes woman from religious life.

  • If a man is tongue-tied, don't laugh at him, but, rather, feel pity for him, as you would for a man with broken legs.

  • What is this world? A mere curl of smoke for the wind to scatter.

  • God, for example, appealed to me as a beardless man wearing a quilted silk cap; holiness was something burning, forbidding, something connected with fire while a day had the form of an oblong box.

  • Above all, you must fight conceit, envy, and every kind of ill-feeling in your heart.

  • You must never tire fighting Satan.

  • The dearest days in one's life are those that seem very far and very near at once.

  • I was a great dreamer of day dreams.