I. L. Peretz, fully Isaac Leib Peretz, aka Yitskhok Leybush Pertez

I. L.
Peretz, fully Isaac Leib Peretz, aka Yitskhok Leybush Pertez
1852
1915

Polish-Russian Poet

Author Quotes

Who tells the truth needs no fancy phrases.

Don't look up to heaven, for what will you see in the sky, except stars, luminous but cold, wholly insensitive to pity?

Many refined people will not kill a fly, but eat an ox.

With the same bricks one may erect... a palace or a prison.... The same letters are used in Holy Writ and heretical works.

A people's memory is history; and as a man without a memory, so a people without a history cannot grow wiser, better.

The soul is imprisoned in the body, and the Lord... built two windows in the wall of the prison... Unfortunately, the windows have curtains—eyelids; and a man whose soul is impure, feeling himself scrutinized, lets down the curtains and conceals the soul.

The worst dog gets the best bone.

They are all so-called Christian nations, but... this superimposed religion... does not penetrate into the core of their souls. It has no relation to their daily experience... It is a key to open a heaven after death and not a key with which to force open the portals of this life.

Children... constitute man's eternity.

The soul is imprisoned in the body, and the Lord... built two windows in the wall of the prison... Unfortunately, the windows have curtains - eyelids; and a man whose soul is impure, feeling himself scrutinized, lets down the curtains and conceals the soul.

I fear you. As victors, you may become the bureaucracy: doling out to each his bit as in a poorhouse , assigning to each his task as in a prison. And you want to exterminate the creator of new worlds, - the free human will, and stop up the purest well of human happiness - the power of the one-to-face thousands, to stand up to peoples and generations.

A people's memory is history. A people without a history can grow neither wiser nor better.

The voice is on the borderline between the physical and the spiritual.

Nobody ever stubs his toe against a mountain. It's the little temptations that bring a man down.

Author Picture
First Name
I. L.
Last Name
Peretz, fully Isaac Leib Peretz, aka Yitskhok Leybush Pertez
Birth Date
1852
Death Date
1915
Bio

Polish-Russian Poet