Rabbinical Proverbs


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Tobias committed the sins and his neighbor received the punishment.

To be patient is sometimes better than to have much wealth.

To pray loudly is not a necessity of devotion; when we pray we must direct our hearts towards heaven.

Thy friend has a friend, and thy friend's friend has s friend; be discreet.

Thy yesterday is thy past; thy to-day thy future; thy to-morrow is a secret.

They who perform one precept in this world will find it recorded for their benefit in the world to come; as it is written, 'Thy righteousness will go before thee, the glory of the Lord will gather thee in.

Though it is not incumbent upon thee to complete the work, thou must not therefore cease from pursuing it. If the work is great, great will be thy reward, and thy Master is faithful in His payments.

There is a great difference between one who can feel ashamed before his own soul and one who is only ashamed before his fellow-man.

There was a little city and the men therein were few, and there came against it a great king, and built around it great works of siege; but there was found in it a poor wise man, and he delivered the city by his wisdom.

The world stands on three pillars: law, worship, and charity.

There are three crowns: of the law, the priesthood, and the kingship; but the crown of a good name is greater than them all.

The world is saved by the breath of school children.

The wealthy man who aids not the scholar desirous of studying God's law will not prosper,

The world is a wedding.

The thief who finds no opportunity to steal, considers himself an honest man.

The weakness of thy walls invites the burglar.

The soldiers fight, and the kings are heroes.

The sun will set without thy assistance.

The rose grows among thorns.

The sages interpret this verse most beautifully. The little city is man, and the few men are his different qualities. The king who besieged it is evil inclination, and the great bulwarks he built around it are evil deeds. The poor wise man who saved the city is the good actions which the poorest may readily perform.

The sins of the bad-tempered are greater than his merits.

The place honors not the man,

The rivalry of scholars advances science.

The officer of the king is also a recipient of honors.

The humblest man is ruler in his own house.

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