If my theory of relativity is proven successful, Germany will claim me as a
German and France will declare that I am a citizen of the world. Should my theory
prove untrue, France will say that I am a German and Germany will declare that I am a Jew.
Israel has created a new image of the Jew in the world - the image of a working and an intellectual people, of a people that can fight with heroism.
What one Christian does is his own responsibility, what one Jew does is thrown back
at all Jews.
If you ever forget you're a Jew, a Gentile will remind you.
Pessimism is a luxury that a Jew can never allow himself.
Who hates the Jews more than the Jew?
To be a Jew is a destiny.
In Jewish history there are no coincidences.
Being a Jew is like walking in the wind or swimming: you are touched at all points and conscious everywhere.
The Jews generally give value. They make you pay; but they deliver the goods. In my experience the men who want something for nothing are invariably Christians.
George Bernard Shaw
I once wanted to become an atheist but I gave up . . . they have no holidays.
I'm Jewish. I don't work out. If God had wanted us to bend over, He would have put diamonds on the floor.
The time is at hand when the wearing of a prayer shawl and skullcap will not bar a man from the White House, unless, of course, the man is Jewish.
It is extremely difficult for a Jew to be converted, for how can he bring himself to believe in the divinity of - another Jew?
Even if you are Catholic, if you live in New York you're Jewish. If you live in Butte, Montana, you are going to be goyish even if you are Jewish.
Yes, I am a Jew, and when the ancestors of the Right Honourable gentleman were brutal savages in an unknown island, mine were priests in the temple of Solomon.
Being a Jew, one learns to believe in the reality of cruelty and one learns to recognize indifference to human suffering as a fact.
Above all, this country is our own. Nobody has to get up in the morning and worry what his neighbours think of him. Being a Jew is no problem here.
Some people like the Jews, and some do not. But no thoughtful man can deny the fact that they are, beyond any question, the most formidable and the most remarkable race which has appeared in the world.
Winston Churchill – Prime Minister of Great Britain
The Jew is eternal. He is the embodiment of eternity.
Leo Tolstoy, What is the Jew? printed in Jewish World periodical, 1908
I marvel at the resilience of the Jewish people. Their best characteristic is their desire to remember. No other people has such an obsession with memory.
Energy is the basis of everything. Every Jew, no matter how insignificant, is engaged in some decisive and immediate pursuit of a goal. It is the most perpetual people of the earth.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
"...If statistics are right, the Jews constitute but one percent of the human race. It suggests a nebulous dim puff of stardust lost in the blaze of the Milky way. properly, the Jew ought hardly to be heard of, but he is heard of, has always been heard of. He is as prominent on the planet as any other people, and his commercial importance is extravagantly out of proportion to the smallness of his bulk. His contributions to the world’s list of great names in literature, science, art, music, finance, medicine, and abstruse learning are also away out of proportion to the weakness of his numbers. He has made a marvelous fight in this world, in all the ages; and had done it with his hands tied behind him. He could be vain of himself, and be excused for it.
The Egyptian, the Babylonian, and the Persian rose, filled the planet with sound and splendor, then faded to dream-stuff and passed away; the Greek and the Roman followed; and made a vast noise, and they are gone; other people have sprung up and held their torch high for a time, but it burned out, and they sit in twilight now, or have vanished. The Jew saw them all, beat them all, and is now what he always was, exhibiting no decadence, no infirmities of age, no weakening of his parts, no slowing of his energies, no dulling of his alert and aggressive mind. All things are mortal but the Jew; all other forces pass, but he remains. What is the secret of his immortality?"
- Mark Twain
("Concerning The Jews," Harper's Magazine, 1899)
Sir Moses Haim Montefiore (1784-1885), a British Jewish banker and philanthropist, determined defender of human rights and sheriff of London ,
was once seated at dinner next to an important personality and an anti-Semite, who told him he had just returned from Japan where they "have neither pigs nor Jews."
Montefiore replied instantly: "Accordingly, you and I should go there so they can have a sample of each."