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Quotes of the Day for 14 July 2003 – Isaac Bashevis Singer

Icek-Hersz Zynger was born at Leoncin, Poland on this day in 1904, the son of a Hasidic rabbi. In time, the boy trained to become a rabbi as well, but he found himself working as a proofreader on his brother's magazine. He translated German works into Yiddish, was editor of a magazine himself for a few years, and then began to write of life among the Jews of eastern Europe. He moved to the US in 1935, changing his name to Isaac Beshevis Singer.

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The quotes:

If you keep saying things are going to be bad, you have a good chance of being a prophet.

Life is God's novel. Let him write it.

The very essence of literature is the war between emotion and intellect, between life and death. When literature becomes too intellectual - when it begins to ignore the passions, the motions - it becomes sterile, silly, and actually without substance.

What nature delivers to us is never stale. Because what nature creates has eternity in it.

They still believe in God, the family, angels, witches, goblins, logic, clarity, punctuation, and other obsolete stuff.
     -  on why he began writing for children

There will be no justice as long as man will stand with a knife or with a gun and destroy those who are weaker than he is.
     - All from Isaac Bashevis Singer, 1904 - 1991


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