Talmud or The Talmud

Talmud or The Talmud
c. 3rd Century
6th Century

Scholarly Interpretation including the Mishnah and Gemara, First Codification of Jewish Oral Law, Talmud meaning "instruction, learning", Central Text of mainstream Judaism consisting of 63 tractates expressing the opinions of thousands of rabbis on subjects including law, ethics, philosophy, customs, history, theology and lore

Author Quotes

Ambition destroys its possessor.

Do not judge your fellow man until you have stood in his place.

Greater even than the pious man is he who eats that which is the fruit of his own toil; for scripture declares him twice-blessed.

He whose wisdom exceeds his works, to what may he be likened? To a tree whose branches are numerous but whose roots are few. The wind comes along and uproots it and sweeps it down.

Judge a man by his deeds, not by his words.

Only a fraction of a man's virtues should be enumerated in his presence

The day is short, the labor long, the workers are idle, and reward is great, and the Master is urgent.

There are three whose lives are lacking: the over-compassionate, the hot-tempered, and the too-squeamish He who carries out one good deed acquires one advocate in his own behalf, and he who commits one transgression acquires one accuser against himself. Repentance and good works are like a shield against calamity.

When a scholar goes to seek out a bride he should take along an ignoramus as an expert .

Whoever is compassionate on human beings, gets compassion from [heaven] above.

An eye for an eye. But not an eye and a life for an eye.

Don't use the conduct of a fool as a precedent.

He alone is poor who does not possess knowledge.

Hire yourself out to work, which is beneath you, rather than become dependent on others.

Just as the soul fills the body, so God fills the world. Just as the soul bears the body, so God endures the world. Just as the soul sees but is not seen, so God sees but is not seen.

Rather skin a carcass for pay in the public streets than be idly dependent on charity.

The deeper the sorrow the less the tongue has it.

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

When a thief has no opportunity for stealing, he considers himself an honest man.

Whosoever does not persecute them that persecute him; whosoever takes an offence in silence; he who does good because of love; he who is cheerful under his sufferings. These are the friends of God, and of them the Scripture says, “They shall shine forth like the sun at noontide.”

And if not now, when?

Doubt cannot override a certainty.

He that gives should never remember, he that receives should never forget.

Hold no man responsible for what he says in his grief.

Learn first and philosophize afterwards.

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First Name
Talmud or The Talmud
Birth Date
c. 3rd Century
Death Date
6th Century
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Scholarly Interpretation including the Mishnah and Gemara, First Codification of Jewish Oral Law, Talmud meaning "instruction, learning", Central Text of mainstream Judaism consisting of 63 tractates expressing the opinions of thousands of rabbis on subjects including law, ethics, philosophy, customs, history, theology and lore