Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Elazar ben Azariah, alt. spelling Eleazar

Rabbi, Mishnaic Scholar, Junior Contemporary of Gamaliel II, Colleague and Friend of Rabbi Akiva

"Respect one another."

"Without understanding, no knowledge; without knowledge, no understanding."

"Some of a man's praise may be sung in his presence, all of it in his absence."

"Laws are not invented; they grow out of circumstances."

"Where there is no money, there is no learning."

"Where there is no Torah, there is no derekh eretz/decent, cultured behavior; where there is no derekh eretz, there is no Torah. Where there is no wisdom, there is no fear/reverence of God; where there is no fear/reverence of God, there is no wisdom. Where there is no understanding, there is no knowledge; where there is no knowledge, there is no understanding. Where there is no kemah/meal/flour, there is no Torah; where there is no Torah, there is no kemah/meal/flour"