Lithuanian Rabbi, Talmudist, Founder and Spiritual Father of Mussar Movement
"Even though we personally should do what we can to flee from honor, we still have an obligation to treat other people with honor and respect."
"A pious Jew is not one who worries about his fellow man's soul and his own stomach; a pious Jew worries about his own soul and his fellow man's stomach."
"Both the hasidim and the mitnaggedim are in error - the former because they think they have a rebbe, and the latter because they think they do not need one."
"Spiritual life is superior to physical life. But the physical life of another is an obligation of my spiritual life."
"Spirituality is like a bird: If you hold it too closely, it chokes, And if you hold it too loosely, it escapes."
"The Maharal of Prague [Rabbi Judah Loeb, d.1609] created a golem, and this was a great wonder. But how much more wonderful is it to transform a corporeal human being into a mensch!"