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Martin Buber (1878 – 1965)


Jewish philosopher, theologian, story-teller, and teacher.
Martin Buber
Now, he no longer promises others the fulfillment of his duties, but promises himself the fulfillment of man.
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All names of God remain hallowed because they have been used not only to speak of God but also to speak to him.
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An example may clarify more precisely the relation between the psychologist and the anthropologist. If both of them investigate, say, the phenomenon of anger, the psychologist will try to grasp what the angry man feels, what his motives and the impulses of his will are, but the anthropologist will also try to grasp what he is doing. In respect of this phenomenon self-observation, being by nature disposed to weaken the spontaneity and unruliness of anger, will be especially difficult for both of them. The psychologist will try to meet this difficulty by a specific division of consciousness, which enables him to remain outside with the observing part of his being and yet let his passion run its course as undisturbed as possible. Of course this passion can then not avoid becoming similar to that of the actor, that is, though it can still be heightened in comparison with an unobserved passion its course will be different: there will be a release which is willed and which takes the place of the elemental outbreak, there will be a vehemence which will be more emphasized, more deliberate, more dramatic. The anthropologist can have nothing to do with a division of consciousness, since he has to do with the unbroken wholeness of events, and especially with the unbroken natural connection between feelings and actions; and this connection is most powerfully influenced in self-observation, since the pure spontaneity of the action is bound to suffer essentially. It remains for the anthropologist only to resign any attempt to stay outside his observing self, and thus when he is overcome by anger not to disturb it in its course by becoming a spectator of it, but to let it rage to its conclusion without trying to gain a perspective. He will be able to register in the act of recollection what he felt and did then; for him memory takes the place of psychological self-experience. ... In the moment of life he has nothing else in his mind but just to live what is to be lived, he is there with his whole being, undivided, and for that very reason there grows in his thought and recollection the knowledge of human wholeness.




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In the ice of solitude man becomes most inexorably a question to himself, and just because the question pitilessly summons and draws into play his most secret life he becomes an experience to himself.
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I don't like religion much, and I am glad that in the Bible the word is not to be found.
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All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware. (Tales of the Baal Shem Tov)
Martin Buber
The real struggle is not between East and West, or capitalism and communism, but between education and propaganda.
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Through the Thou a person becomes I.
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We can learn to be whole by saying what we mean and doing what we say.
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Persons appear by entering into relation to other persons.
Martin Buber
We cannot avoid using power, cannot escape the compulsion to afflict the world so let us, cautious in diction and mighty in contradiction, love powerfully.




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An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language.
Martin Buber
Egos appear by setting themselves apart from other egos.
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All real life is meeting.
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Power abdicates only under the stress of counter-power.
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The Thou encounters me by grace it cannot be found by seeking. But that I speak the basic word to it is a deed of my whole being, is my essential deed.
Martin Buber
There are three principles in a man's being and life, the principle of thought, the principle of speech, and the principle of action. The origin of all conflict between me and my fellow-men is that I do not say what I mean and I don't do what I say.
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One cannot in the nature of things expect a little tree that has been turned into a club to put forth leaves. (From Paths in Utopia)
Martin Buber
Without distance there is no dialogue between the two.
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In philosophical anthropology, where the subject is man in his wholeness, the investigator cannot content himself, as in anthropology as an individual science, with considering man as another part of nature and with ignoring the fact that he, the investigator, is himself a man and experiences this humanity in his inner experience in a way that he simply cannot experience any part of nature.


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