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Besides being a Rabbi, Jonathan Sacks was also an author, theologian, and philosopher.
After retiring from his position as the Chief Rabbi, Jonathan Sacks explored other avenues and he was appointed as a professor at various prestigious universities. In the meantime, he even published his book, 'The Dignity of Difference'.
Jonathan Sacks stressed that it is always important to work hard. So, let's read some of his sayings to get motivated!
These quotes will help you know about society better!
"To build a society of freedom, you have to let go of hate"
"The world we build tomorrow is born in the stories we tell our children today. Politics moves the pieces. Education changes the game."
"Purged of both hope and fear, we find courage in the face of helplessness, insignificance and uncertainty."
"While we can remember the past, we cannot write about the future. Only our children, the future of our community, can do that."
"Peace can be agreed around the conference table, but unless it grows in ordinary hearts and minds, it does not last. It may not even begin."
"A society in which there are high levels of voluntary activity will simply be a better, happier place than one where there are not."
"The twenty-first century is, and will remain, the Age of Insecurity."
"True freedom requires the rule of law and justice and a judicial system in which the rights of some are not secured by the denial of rights to others."
"How Jew and Judaism helped create capitalism. It is important to distinguish between Judaism as a faith and Jews as a people."
"We have no idea where the world is going, except that it's going there very fast."
- Jonathan Sacks, Speech to Kenan Ethics Department, 2009.
Jonathan Sacks quotes to learn humility through spiritualism.
"My argument has therefore been that by going back to the roots of biblical monotheism we may find, to our surprise, a theological basis for respect for difference, based not on relativism but on the concept of covenant."
- Jonathan Sacks, 'The Dignity of Difference', 2003.
"Religion is an authentic response to a real Presence, but it is also a way of making that presence real by constantly living in response to it. It is truth translated into deed."
- Jonathan Sacks, 'The Great Partnership: God, Science and the Search for Meaning'.
"Oddly enough, it is the market -- the least overtly spiritual of concepts -- that delivers a profoundly spiritual message: that it is through the exchange that difference becomes a blessing, not a curse."
"Can I recognize God's image in someone who is not in my image, whose language, faith, and ideals are different from mine? If I cannot, then I have made God in my image instead of allowing him to remake me in His."
- Jonathan Sacks, 'The Dignity of Difference', 2003.
"Just as the natural environment depends on biodiversity, so the human environment depends on cultural diversity because no one civilization encompasses all the spiritual, ethical and artistic expressions of mankind."
"In Judaism, faith means wrestling with God as Jacob once wrestled with an angel."
- Jonathan Sacks, 'The Case for God?', BBC Documentary, September 06, 2010.
"God creates difference; therefore, it is in one-who-is-different that we meet god. Abraham encounters God when he invites three strangers into his tent."
"At the heart of his call to responsibility — and this is the meaning of Job — is God's unshakable faith in humankind."
- Jonathan Sacks, 'To Heal a Fractured World'.
"Biblical morality is the morality of freedom."
"It may be used by manipulative leaders to motivate people to wage wars precisely because it inspires people to heroic acts of self-sacrifice, but religion itself teaches us to love and forgive, not to hate and fight."
- Jonathan Sacks, 'Not in God's Name: Confronting Religious Violence'.
"Why did God create mankind? Because God likes stories."
"Too often in the history of religion, people have killed in the name of the God of life, waged war in the name of the God of peace, hated in the name of the God of love, and practiced cruelty in the name of the God of compassion."
Some Jonathan Sacks quotes to go through our journey.
"When human beings try to become more than human, they quickly become less than human."
- Jonathan Sacks, 'Genesis: The Book of Beginnings'.
"We need to rediscover the idea of the common good and work together to build a home."
"Most conflicts and wars have nothing to do with religion whatsoever. They are about power, territory and glory, things that are secular, even profane."
"Make space in your life for the things that matter, for family and friends, love and generosity, fun and joy. Without this, you will burn out in mid-career and wonder where your life went."
"Follow your passion. Nothing - not wealth, success, accolades, or fame - is worth spending a lifetime doing things you don't enjoy."
"Find people not to envy but to admire. Do not the profitable but the admirable deed. Live by ideals."
"Close to a billion people - one-eighth of the world's population - still live in hunger... We are eating too much while others starve."
"Faith does not mean certainty. It means the courage to live with uncertainty."
"In our interconnected world, we must learn to feel enlarged, not threatened, by difference - that is what I have argued."
Some all-time popular quotes by Jonathan Sacks!
"Some years ago, there was a study to discover the most stressful occupation. It turned out not to be the head of a large business, football manager, or prime minister, but rather: bus driver."
"When my late father died — now I'm in mourning for my late mother — that sense of grief and bereavement suddenly taught me that so many things that I thought were important, externals, etc., all of that is irrelevant."
"No great achiever - even those who made it seem easy - ever succeeded without hard work."
"Happiness is not made by what we own. It is what we share."
"The greatest single antidote to violence is conversation."
"Values are tapes we play on the Walkman of the mind: any tune we choose so long as it does not disturb others."
"When money rules, we remember the price of things and forget the value of things, and that is dangerous."
"To which group of people other than shareholders do they owe loyalty?"
"Those who believe that liberal democracy and the free market can be defended by the force of law and regulation alone, without an internalized sense of duty and morality, are tragically mistaken."
"Science takes things apart to see how they work. Religion puts things together to see what they mean."
- Jonathan Sacks, 'The Roots of Religious Extremism', Interview with Walter Russell Mead, www.cfr.org, October 14, 2015.
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