Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Eliezer Ben‑Yehuda, born Eliezer Yitzhak Perlman

Lithuanian-born Israeli Jewish Lexicographer, Zionist and Newspaper Editor, Father of modern Hebrew, Author of "Complete Dictionary of Ancient and Modern Hebrew" in six volumes, Founded and presided over "Va'ad HaLashon", the forerunner of the Hebrew Language Academy

"We shall not overcome our opponents with reason, but with sentiment."

"We can only revive the Hebrew language in a country where the number of Jewish inhabitants is greater than the number of Gentiles. Let us therefore increase the number of Jews in our desolate country, place the remnant of our nation in the land of their forefathers, and thus we will revive the nation, and its language too will live."

"Let us revive the Hebrew language,' for, in this way, Hebrew would become useful to the younger generation, instead of being '...a dead language...not useful for anything."