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Famous Chaim Potok Quotes

Listed in: Inspirational Quotes

On Life:

Life is like the blink of an eye. What is that worth Nothing. But the eye that blinks – that is something. I guess I blinked, on accident. Sometimes, though, I have found accidents to be the most fortuitous events in my life. You meet the one person who reminds you what you are, what you do, how to be happy.

A life is measured by how it is lived for the sake of heaven.
(From: My Name Is Asher Lev)

I learned a long time ago, Reuven, that a blink of an eye in itself is nothing. But the eye that blinks, that is something. A span of life is nothing. But the man who lives that span, he is something. He can fill that tiny span with meaning, so its quality is immeasurable though its quantity may be insignificant. Do you understand what I am saying? A man must fill his life with meaning, meaning is not automatically given to life.
(From: The Chosen)

The blink of an eye in itself is nothing. But the eye that blinks, that is something. A span of life is nothing. But the man who lives that span, he is something. He can fill that tiny span with meaning, so its quality is immeasurable though its quantity may be insignificant.
(From: The Chosen)

On Learning:

If a person has a contribution to make, he must make it in public. If learning is not made public, it is a waste.
(From: The Chosen)

On God:

He taught them that the purpose of a man is to make his life holy–every aspect of his life: eating, drinking praying, sleeping. God is everywhere, he told them, and if it seems at times that He is hidden from us, it is only because we have not yet learned to seek Him correctly.
(From: The Chosen)