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A collection of quotes and sayings by Isaac Bashevis Singer on animals, inventor, survivors, village, vegetarian, biography, holocaust, rights, art, believe and life.

40 Notable Quotes By Isaac Bashevis Singer

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Famous As: Writer

Born On: November 21, 1902

Died On: July 24, 1991

Born In: Leoncin, Congress Poland

Died At Age: 88

Isaac Bashevis Singer was an illustrious Polish-Jewish writer in Yiddish who received a Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978. He had also bagged two ‘U.S National Book Awards’, one in fiction and the other in children’s literature. Besides being a Nobel Laureate, he also played a vital role in the ‘Yiddish Literary Movement’, and wrote and published his books, thoughts, novels and works only in Yiddish. Some of his notable works include, ‘A Crown of Features and Other Stories’, ‘A Day of Pleasure: Stories of A Boy Growing Up in Warsaw’, ‘Satan in Goray’, ‘The Wicked City’, ‘Shadows on the Hudson’, ‘Gimpel The Fool And Other Stories’ amongst various others. Zoom through the corpus of quotations and sayings by Isaac Bashevis Singer which have a large readership and are frequently quoted by people across the globe. Presenting notable quotes and thoughts by Isaac Bashevis Singer on greatness, kindness, character, believe, surprise, choice, effort, eternity, wisdom, love, health, environmental, justice, treasure, vision, art, animals, religion, scholar and more.
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I did not become a vegetarian for my health, I did it for the health of the chickens.

Isaac Bashevis Singer

I believe in God but people are liars. It's those people who say they are appointed by God who I don't believe in.

Isaac Bashevis Singer

Night is a time of rigor, but also of mercy. There are truths which one can see only when it’s dark

Isaac Bashevis Singer

Kindness, I’ve discovered, is everything in life.

Isaac Bashevis Singer

In their behavior toward creatures, all men are Nazis. Human beings see oppression vividly when they're the victims. Otherwise they victimize blindly and without a thought.

Isaac Bashevis Singer

When I was a little boy, they called me a liar, but now that I am grown up, they call me a writer.

Isaac Bashevis Singer

We have to believe in free-will. We've got no choice.

Isaac Bashevis Singer

What a strange power there is in clothing.

Isaac Bashevis Singer

A good writer is basically a story teller, not a scholar or a redeemer of mankind.

Isaac Bashevis Singer

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

Isaac Bashevis Singer

We all play chess with Fate as partner. He makes a move, we make a move. He tries to checkmate us in three moves, we try to prevent it. We know we can't win, but we're driven to give him a good fight.

Isaac Bashevis Singer

When a writer tries to explain too much, he's out of time before he begins.

Isaac Bashevis Singer

Sometimes love is stronger than a man's convictions.

Isaac Bashevis Singer

As long as people will shed the blood of innocent creatures there can be no peace, no liberty, no harmony between people. Slaughter and justice cannot dwell together.

Isaac Bashevis Singer

The wastepaper basket is the writer’s best friend.

Isaac Bashevis Singer

Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression.

Isaac Bashevis Singer

When you betray somebody else, you also betray yourself

Isaac Bashevis Singer

We must believe in free will. We have no choice.

Isaac Bashevis Singer

Every human character appears only once in the history of human beings. And so does every event of love.

Isaac Bashevis Singer

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

Isaac Bashevis Singer

No doubt the world is entirely an imaginary world, but it is only once removed from the true world.

Isaac Bashevis Singer

I don't study literature, I read it for enjoyment

Isaac Bashevis Singer

Even the worm that crawls in the Earth there glows a divine spark. When you slaughter a creature, you slaughter your God.

Isaac Bashevis Singer

If you believe in God, then He exists.

Isaac Bashevis Singer

Shoulders are from God, and burdens too.

Isaac Bashevis Singer

Doubt is part of all religion. All the religious thinkers were doubters.

Isaac Bashevis Singer

If you hear I'm dead, don't come to my funeral.

Isaac Bashevis Singer

Literature can very well describe the absurd, but it should never become absurd itself

Isaac Bashevis Singer

One prays for life , life means free choice and freedom is mystery . If one knew the truth how could there be freedom

Isaac Bashevis Singer

Of all the blessings bestowed on man, the greatest lies in the fact that God's face is forever hidden from him

Isaac Bashevis Singer

One thing I found out then was that pity is a form of love and, actually, its highest expression. A Tale of Two Sisters

Isaac Bashevis Singer

The characters have their own lives and their own logic, and you have to act accordingly.

Isaac Bashevis Singer

A story to me means a plot where there is some surprise. Because that is how life is - full of surprises.

Isaac Bashevis Singer

Along with the atom, the personality of the Homo Sapiens has been splitting...

Isaac Bashevis Singer

When I was a little boy, they called me a liar, but now that I'm a grown up, they call me a writer.

Isaac Bashevis Singer

The past is not lost. An image from years ago remained present somewhere in the fourth dimension and it reached you just in that moment.

Isaac Bashevis Singer

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

Isaac Bashevis Singer

A freelance writer is paid per word, per piece, perhaps.

Isaac Bashevis Singer

Misfortune draws people to religion and mysticism

Isaac Bashevis Singer

If one knew the truth how could there be freedom? If hell and paradise were in the middle of the marketplace, everyone would be a saint.

Isaac Bashevis Singer