Isaac Bashevis Singer Quotations

Isaac Bashevis Singer

As often as Herman had witnessed the slaughter of animals and fish, he always had the same thought: in their behaviour toward creatures, all men were Nazis.

Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression.

If you keep saying things are going to be bad, you have a good chance of being a prophet.

Literature is the memory of humanity.

Men want all women to lie down as whores and get up as virgins.

People often say that humans have always eaten animals, as if this is a justification for continuing the practice. According to this logic, we should not try to prevent people from murdering other people, since this has also been done since the earliest of times.

The more you see what other people do, the more you learn about yourself.

Various philosophers and religious leaders tried to convince their disciples and followers that animals are nothing more than machines without a soul, without feelings. However, anyone who has ever lived with an animal--be it a dog, a bird, or even a mouse--knows that this theory is a brazen lie, invented to justify cruelty.

We are all God's creatures--that we pray to God for mercy and justice while we continue to eat the flesh of animals that are slaughtered on our account is not consistent.

We have to believe in free will. We've got no choice.