From the Yiddishe Velt
Thanks to Fred Reifenberg for submitting these Jewish sayings that are so full of insight and wisdom
Subject: Yiddishe Proverbs
If the rich could hire other people to die for them, the poor could make a wonderful living. Yiddish Proverb
The wise man, even when he holds his tongue, says more than the fool when he speaks. Yiddish Proverb
Ask about your neighbors, then buy the house.
What you don’t see with your eyes, don’t invent with your mouth.
A hero is someone who can keep his mouth shut when he is right.
One old friend is better than two new ones.
One of life’s greatest mysteries is how the boy who wasn’t good enough to marry your daughter can be the father of the smartest grandchild in the world.
Old friends, like old wines, don’t lose their flavor.
A wise man hears one word and understands two.
Some later contrubutions:
“Don’t be so humble – you are not that great.”
Golda Meir (1898-1978) to a visiting diplomat
Pessimism is a luxury that a Jew can never allow himself.
Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex… It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving
When his wife asked him to change clothes to meet the German Ambassador: if they want to see me, here I am. If they want to see my clothes, open my closet and show them my suits. Albert Einstein
Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them.
The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax.
You can’t control the wind, but you can adjust your sails.
I don’t want to become immortal through my work. I want to become immortal through not dying. Woody Allen
I’m not afraid of dying – I just don’t want to be there when it happens!
Imagination is more important than knowledge. Sign hanging in Einstein’s office at Princeton:
Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts. Albert Einstein
We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein
Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school.
Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.