Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Stephen Samuel Wise

American Reformed Rabbi, Leader of Zionist Movement, Legal Scholar

"Sharing is the great and imperative need of our time. An unshared life is not living. He who shares does not lessen but greatens his life, especially if sharing be done not formally nor conventionally, but rather with such heartiness as springs out of an understanding of the meaning of the religion of sharing."

"Life is not a matter of extent but of content."

"Vision looks inward and becomes duty. Vision looks outward and becomes aspiration. Vision looks upward and becomes faith."

"The business of the American teacher is to liberate American citizens to think apart and act together."

"That which is to be most desired in America is oneness and not sameness. Sameness is the worst thing that could happen to the people of this country. To make all people the same would lower their quality, but oneness would raise it."

"Israel has a mission still; Truth-seeking in the world of thought, and right-doing in the world of action!"

"War never ends war."

"Some call it Communism; I call it Judaism."

"The important thing today is not what we say of Lincoln but what Lincoln would say of us if he were here in this hour and could note the drift and tendency in American life and American politics."

"Vision looks inward and becomes duty."

"Vision looks outward and becomes aspiration."

"Vision looks upward and becomes faith."