Jewish Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old jewish quotes, jewish sayings, and jewish proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


There are no problems, only opportunities for growth.     

Rebbetzin Dena Weinberg

I was raised in the Jewish tradition, taught never to marry a Gentile, women shave on Saturday and most especially never to shave a Gentile woman on Saturday.     

Woody Allen

The pursuit of knowledge for its own sake, an almost fanatical love of justice and the desire for personal independence, these are the features of the Jewish tradition which make me thank my stars that I belong to it.     

Albert Einstein

I'm Jewish. I don't work out. If God had wanted us to bend over, He would have put diamonds on the floor.     

Joan Rivers

Above all, this country is our own. Nobody has to get up in the morning and worry what his neighbors think of him. Being a Jew is no problem here.     

Golda Meir

Good men need no recommendation and bad men it wouldn't help.     

Jewish Proverb

It is impossible to conceive of a more thoroughly despicable, hateful, and arrogant being, than the Jewish god.     

Robert Green Ingersoll

The legend engraved on the face of the Jewish nickel on the body of every Jewish child! Not in God we trust, but someday you'll be a parent and you'll know what it's like.     

Philip Roth

The Jew is eternal. He is the embodiment of eternity.     

Leo Tolstoy

Good Christ, a Jewish man with parents alive is a fifteen year old boy, and will remain a fifteen year old boy till they die!     

Philip Roth

We want Israel as a democratic and Jewish state. So you have to maintain a Jewish majority, and you want to do that by legal means, by democratic means.     

Benjamin Netanyahu

I don't speak because I have the power to speak; I speak because I don't have the power to remain silent.     

Rabbi A.Y. Kook

One million Arabs are not worth a Jewish fingernail.     

Rabbi Yaacov Perrin

In everything you do you encounter sparks full of life and light, aspiring to rise toward the heights. You help them and they help you.     

Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook

It is most important that we should keep in this country a certain leisured class. I am of the opinion of the ancient Jewish book which says there is no wisdom without leisure.     

William Butler Yeats

The Jewish people, ever since David slew Goliath, have never considered youth as a barrier to leadership.     

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Beyond being Jewish, I've always found myself to be very much in tune with spirituality.     

Paula Abdul

Yes, I am a Jew, and when the ancestors of the Right Honorable gentleman were brutal savages in an unknown island, mine were priests in the temple of Solomon.     

Benjamin Disraeli

There are times when folks will point out certain characteristics I have, like me being an interruptor, and attribute them to my Jewish identity.     

Jill Soloway

Jewish texts compare the knowable universe to the size of a mustard seed. Similar association between God and man made in Quran, Buddhism.     

Sudhir Ahluwalia

Being a Jew is like walking in the wind or swimming: you are touched at all points and conscious everywhere.     

Lionel Trilling

People often avoid making decisions out of fear of making a mistake. Actually the failure to make decisions is one of life's biggest mistakes.     

Rabbi Noah Weinberg

You may not make the image of God because you are the image of God.     

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

A Jewish woman had 2 chickens. One got sick, so the woman made chicken soup out of the other one to help the sick one get well.     

Henny Youngman

I do not recall a Jewish home without a book on the table.     

Elie Wiesel

Being a Jew, one learns to believe in the reality of cruelty and one learns to recognize indifference to human suffering as a fact.     

Andrew Dworkin

A Jewish man with his parents alive is half the time a helpless infant.     

Philip Roth

What one Christian does is his own responsibility, what one Jew does is thrown back at all Jews.     

Anne Frank

I think the thing that I most appreciate now is that stereotypes involving Jewish identity activate fears of persecution that exist in the present day.     

Gregg Easterbrook

Israel may have the right to put others on trial, but certainly no one has the right to put the Jewish people and the State of Israel on trial.     

Ariel Sharon