The Chosen

CH 13
p. 217 “Human beings do not live forever, Reuven, we live less than the time it takes to blink an eyes, if we measure our lives against eternity. So it may be asked what value is there to a human life. There is so much pain in the world. What does it mean to have to suffer so much if our lives are nothing more than the blink of an eye?” He paused again, his eyes misty now, then went on. “I learned a long time ago, Reuven, that a blink of an eye in itself is nothing. But the eye that blinks, that is something. A span of life is nothing. But the man who lives that span, he is something. He can fill that tiny span with meaning, so its quality is immeasurable though its quantity may be insignificant. Do you understand what I am saying? A man must fill his life with meaning, meaning is not automatically given to life. It is hard work to fill one’s life with meaning. That I do not think you understand yet. A life filled with meaning is worthy of rest. I want to be worthy of rest when I am no longer here.”

p. 219 “Honest differences of opinion should never be permitted to destroy a friendship.”

CH 14

p. 235 “Silence was ugly, it was black, it leered, it was cancerous, it was death. I hated it, and I hated Reb Saunders for forcing it upon me and his son.”

p. 244 “I worked carefully and methodically, using everything my father had taught me and a lot of things I now was able to teach myself.”

CH 18

p. 282 “A man is born into this world with only a tiny spark of goodness in him. The spark is God, it is the soul; the rest is ugliness and evil, a shell.”

p. 284 “I would like to believe that before he died he learned how much suffering there is in this world. It will have redeemed his soul.”

“And it is important to know of pain, he said. It destroys our self-pride, our arrogance, our indifference toward others. It makes us aware of how frail and tiny we are and of how much we must depend upon the Master of the Universe.”

p. 286 “Look into his soul, I said. ‘Stand inside his sould and see the world through his eyes. You will know the pain he feels because of his ignorance, and you will not laugh.”