"In order that the mind may not be taxed, moreover, by the manifold and confused reading of so many such things, and in order to prevent the escape of something valuable that we have read, heard, or discovered through the process of thinking itself, it will be found very useful to entrust to notebooks ... those things which seem noteworthy and striking."

[Commonplace books: Thomas Farnaby, 17th-century]

It's all noted in our genes. God toys with us; He experiments with us in a test of reward and punishment, omniscience and free choice..... For me there also awaits somewhere an ovary and a womb that will give birth to my son or daughter. God is the sum total not only of all deeds but also of all the possibilities.

[On free will and fate in God.: Isaac Bashevis Singer, Love and Exile: An Autobiographical Trilogy]

Posted by Alina Stefanescu Coryell on 06.25.2009

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There are no evil things. Death which man fears most is a great joy and a blessing to the just.

[There are no evil things.: Isaac Bashevis Singer, Love and Exile: An Autobiographical Trilogy]

Posted by Alina Stefanescu Coryell on 06.25.2009

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"Everything man loves was created by the Almighty. Even the heretics love God. If a fruit is good and you love it, then you love the Creator of all the fruits since He invested it with all its flavor..... The sage recognizes the source of all the good things and he loves that source. When the fruit rots, you no longer love it, and when the woman grows old and sickly, the lecher runs from her. The fool will not give any thought to where everything stems from."

[Love God's creation is another way of loving God.: Isaac Bashevis Singer, Love and Exile: An Autobiographical Trilogy]

Posted by Alina Stefanescu Coryell on 06.25.2009

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Every soul, big or small, the moment it passed the process of being cleansed in the fires of hell, found a place in Paradise-- each according to its origin and its deeds. All the heavens, all the upper worlds, all the spheres, all the angels and souls, were concerned with one thing-- to learn the secrets of the Torah, since God and the Torah and those who believed in the Torah, the Jews, were one and the same.... God Himself studied the Torah; that is to say, He studied His own depths. All the heavens, the entire entirety, were one great yeshivah.

[On paradise in the Torah.: Isaac Bashevis Singer, Love and Exile: An Autobiographical Trilogy]

Posted by Alina Stefanescu Coryell on 06.23.2009

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Every human character appears only once in the history of human beings. And so does every event of love.

[On the event of love.: Isaac Bashevis Singer, Love and Exile: An Autobiographical Trilogy]

Posted by Alina Stefanescu Coryell on 06.23.2009

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Without the Torah, the world would not exist. With the letters of the Torah, God has created Heaven and Earth.

[On the creation of the Word.: Isaac Bashevis Singer, Love and Exile: An Autobiographical Trilogy]

Posted by Alina Stefanescu Coryell on 06.23.2009

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