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Quotes of the day: Sholem Aleichem

Published Tuesday, May 12, 2015 @ 3:09 PM EDT
May 12 2015

Solomon Naumovich Rabinovich, better known under his pen name Sholem Aleichem (March 2, 1859 – May 13, 1916), was a leading Yiddish author and playwright. The musical Fiddler on the Roof, based on his stories about Tevye the Dairyman, was the first commercially successful English-language stage production about Jewish life in Eastern Europe. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A bachelor is a man who comes to work each morning from a different direction.

A real pleasure is a pleasure that one enjoys by one's self, without a companion, and without a single argument.

Gossip is nature's telephone.

If somebody tells you you have ears like a donkey, pay no attention. But if two people tell you, buy yourself a saddle.

Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor.

No matter how bad things get you got to go on living, even if it kills you.

No one knows whom the shoe pinches- no one.

Nothing begets friendship so readily as trouble.

The rich swell up with pride, the poor from hunger.

The worm in the radish doesn't think there is anything sweeter.

There are people who have never been taught anything, and know everything, have never been anywhere, and understand everything, have never given a moment's thought to anything, and comprehend everything. 'Blessed hands' is the name bestowed on these fortunate beings. The world envies, honours and respects them.

There's no pleasing everyone. It's hopeless to even try, and the more you play the peacemaker, the less peaceful things become.

They say that children become men, and men become children. Many generations have grown up, become men, and gone hence.

This is an ugly and mean world, and only to spite it we mustn't weep. If you want to know, this is the constant source of my good spirit, of my humor. Not to cry, out of spite, only to laugh out of spite, only to laugh.

When the heart is full it runs out of the eyes.

When you die, others who think they know you, will concoct things about you... Better pick up a pen and write it yourself, for you know yourself best.


(May 13 is also the birthday of Roger Zelazny and Stephen Colbert.)

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