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"All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware."
"A community is too heavy to carry alone."
Deuteronomy Rabbah 1:10
"From every human being there rises a light."
Baal Shem Tov
"The heroic hours of life do not announce their presence by drum and trumpet."
"A human being is like a letter of the alphabet: to produce a word, it must combine with another."
"I found a fruitful world, because my ancestors planted it for me. Likewise I am planting for my children."
Talmud, Taanit 23A
"If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am only for myself, what am I? If not now, when?"
Rabbi Hillel (Pirke Avot 1:14)
Daniel Bennett Schwartz
"If you believe breaking is possible, believe fixing is possible."
Rabbi Nachman of Breslau
"It is not your responsibility to finish the work of perfecting the world, but you are not free to desist from it either."
Rabbi Tarfon, Pirke Avot 2:21
"Love is stronger than death."
Adapted from Song of Songs 8:6
"Man's life depends on the trees of the field."
Adapted from Deuteronomy 20:19
"A miracle cannot prove what is impossible. It only confirms what is possible."
"Most of the things worth doing in the world were declared impossible before they were done."
"Once I had tasted the fruit of the tree of knowledge, there was no going back. "
"Silence remains, inescapably, a form of speech."
"There is nothing more whole than a broken heart."
Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Kotzk
"When I marched in Selma, I felt my legs were praying."
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel
"Who is wise? One who learns from all people. Who is honored? One who honors everyone."
Ben-Zoma, Pirke Avot 4:1