Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Joseph H. Hertz, fully Rabbi Joseph Herman Hertz

Hungarian-born Rabbi and Bible Scholar, Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom

"Whereas in Greek the idea of justice was akin to harmony, in Hebrew it is akin to holiness."

"Because man is endowed with Reason, he can subdue his impulses in the service of moral and religious ideals, and is born to bear rule over Nature."

"Man must be a co-worker with God in making this earth a garden."

"Everything in the Universe was as the Creator willed it — nothing superfluous, nothing lacking — a harmony."

"Divine punishment is at once followed by Divine pity."

"Prayer is a universal phenomenon in the soul-life of man. It is the soul's reaction to the terrors and joys, the uncertainties and dreams of life."

"The immemorial ingratitude of rulers and commonwealths is proverbial. Especially common is ingratitude to Israel — the People that has achieved so much of eternal worth, but has rarely succeeded in winning gratitude."

"Man's most sacred privilege is freedom of will, the ability to obey or disobey his Maker."

"Life is a frail and transitory thing, but it has been given a higher purpose and dignity through the revelation of God's Teaching to Israel, and the resulting dedication of an entire people to God's service."