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A collection of quotes and thoughts by Martin Buber on philosophy, life, religion, views, relations, inspire, honesty, hope, exile, insight and love.

34 Motivational Quotes By Martin Buber That Will Enlighten Your Mind

Quick Facts

Famous As: Philosopher

Born On: February 8, 1878

Died On: June 13, 1965

Born In: Vienna

Founder / Co Founder: Ihud party

Died At Age: 87

Martin Buber was a famous Jewish philosopher of the 20th century. He was also famous as a political activist, essayist and translator. As he turned to self-education during his schooldays, he mastered various local languages including Hebrew and Polish. This multi-lingual exposure helped him gain an extensive vocabulary. He read through the writings of great philosophers which are believed to have significantly shaped his ideas on philosophies. His intellect landed him a job as a lecturer on religious studies at the ‘Jewish Adult Education Center’. He also gave lectures at Frankfurt. He wrote a famous essay ‘I and Thou’ which aimed at improving the meaning of relationships in a person’s life. He further collaborated with Franz Rosenzweig to translate the Hebrew bible to German. His did many notable works including ‘The Tales Of Rabbi Nachman’ and ‘My Path to Hasidism’. He was honored with many awards including the ‘Peace Prize of the German Book Trade’. Here is a treasure trove of quotations and sayings by Burber which have been scanned from the vast sea of his works. These quotes by Martin Buber on philosophy, life, religion, views, relations, inspire, honesty, hope, exile, insight and love.will definitely enlighten your mind!

All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.

Martin Buber

An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language.

Martin Buber

When two people relate to each other authentically and humanly, God is the electricity that surges between them.

Martin Buber

The atheist staring from his attic window is often nearer to God than the believer caught up in his own false image of God.

Martin Buber

We can be redeemed only to the extent to which we see ourselves.

Martin Buber

The real struggle is not between East and West, or capitalism and communism, but between education and propaganda.

Martin Buber

Everyone must come out of his Exile in his own way.

Martin Buber

We cannot avoid using power, cannot escape the compulsion to afflict the world, so let us, cautious in diction and mighty in contradiction, love powerfully.

Martin Buber

Before his death, Rabbi Zusya said "In the coming world, they will not ask me: 'Why were you not Moses?' They will ask me: 'Why were you not Zusya?

Martin Buber

All real living is meeting.

Martin Buber

The world is not comprehensible, but it is embraceable: through the embracing of one of its beings.

Martin Buber

Solitude is the place of purification.

Martin Buber

Play is the exultation of the possible.

Martin Buber

And if there were a devil it would not be one who decided against God, but one who, in eternity, came to no decision.

Martin Buber

All actual life is encounter.

Martin Buber

To look away from the world, or to stare at it, does not help a man to reach God; but he who sees the world in Him stands in His presence.

Martin Buber

Love is responsibility of an I for a You: in this consists what cannot consist in any feeling - the equality of all lovers..

Martin Buber

Mundus vult decipi: the world wants to be deceived.

Martin Buber

As long as the firmament of the You is spread over me, the tempests of causality cower at my heels, and whirl of doom congeals.

Martin Buber

One cannot in the nature of things expect a little tree that has been turned into a club to put forth leaves.

Martin Buber

As I actualize, I uncover.

Martin Buber

Feeling one "has"; love occurs.

Martin Buber

You can rake the muck this way, rake the muck that way-- it will always be muck. Have I sinned or have I not sinned? In the time I am brooding over it, I could be stringing pearls for the delight of Heaven

Martin Buber

If a person kills a tree before its time, it is like having murdered a soul.-Rabbi Nachman

Martin Buber

Dialogic is not to be identified with love. But love without dialogic, without real outgoing to the other, reaching to the other, the love remaining with itself - this is called Lucifer.

Martin Buber

-- What, then, does one experience of the You? -- Nothing at all. For one does not experience it. -- What, then, does one know of the You? -- Only everything. For one no longer knows particulars.

Martin Buber

I do, indeed, close my door at times and surrender myself to a book, but only because I can open the door again and see a human face looking at me

Martin Buber

Inscrutably involved, we live in the currents of universal reciprocity.

Martin Buber

Whoever says You does not have something; he has nothing. But he stands in relation.

Martin Buber

Nothing can doom man but the belief in doom, for this prevents the movement of return.

Martin Buber

For God does not want to be believed in, to be debated and defended by us, but simply to be realized through us.

Martin Buber

The only possible relationship with God is to address him and to be addressed by him, here and now—or, as Buber puts it, in the present.

Martin Buber

The basic word I-You can only be spoken with one’s whole being. The basic word I-It can never be spoken with one’s whole being.

Martin Buber

What is manifold is often frightening because it is not neat and simple. Men prefer to forget how many possibilities are open to them.

Martin Buber