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Leon's favorite quotes and quotes of others collected by him

 Image Credit: Flickr, Kasia Trapszo

I don't think that wise sayings are meant to be practised, they're only indications of a person's opinions and guidelines to thoughts. They aren't dogmatic beliefs and a person can change his opinions about life and daily events.


Some sayings appear to be wise, others are plainly nonsense, but these are things I have thought about or that I've heard tourists say while guiding tourists around the so called holy places of Israel

I've come to the conclusion that the main purpose of writing or doing most things is to give others pleasure. So if I've given you some pleasure I have been rewarded for my efforts, which I confess are quite strenuous.

The Bible

Many peoples will come and say, "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths." The law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. Isaiah 2:3


Pirke Avot (Jewish Book of Ethics)quotes


Everything is in the hands of God, excepting the fear of God. 


My friend's quotes Interpretation: (By my friend Sid Gordon) 


God doesn't make decisions for man (like being righteous or wicked) every person makes his or her own decisions in life. God allows this because He does not force anyone to be righteous and holy or to be wicked. Man is responsible for these decisions.


Sid Gordon Fri 13th Nov 09


"I didn't know that calvary and the tomb of Jesus were so close to each other" 


Tourist Bob Thur 3rd Dec 09 


Never give up on the internet. Keep at it untill you get it right.



Always be willing to let go of the life you had planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for you.


My Quotes:


Be patient with people, everybody, especially those close to you. People need time to come round to think about what they have said or done. 


People will criticise themselves much more fiercly and effectively than you can ever do, but you need patience untill they think about the things they've done or said. 

Social order is maintained by the spread of myths which Plato calls "Noble LIes and maimonides calls "necessary and useful beliefs." 


Sun 15th Nov 09 


What is the light at the end of the dark path of Jewish HIstory which illuminates every step we take? it is the light of Torah. 


It's important to enjoy something beautiful each day


Tues 1st Dec 09


looking back at the light and shade of Jewish history we’re hopeful that whatever tragedies the future may bring, joyous events will follow.


Western (Wailing) Wall quotes 


Tues 17th Nov 09 


Jews pray at the wall for God not to destroy the world 


The wall is the closest we can come to the place where holiness used to come down to earth without standing on the place itself. 


Temple sacrifice quotes 


God used to send holiness down to earth when the priests used to sacrifice at the temple, now we aren't worthy to recieve the holiness because we're not holy, because we have defiled ourselves with war and blood and in any case there aren't anymore priests. 


Because of this we live in darkness and just as people sleep in the darkness and dream so the temple has become a dream


Leon's War quotes 


We’ll win the war when we stop fighting. 

"you move to violence by blaming someone for nonsense. You move people to peace by not blaming anyone." 


Leon's interpretation quotes


Puccini’s opera Manon Lescaut is the tragedy of a woman who takes love from one man and money from another. 


Leon's quotes about Jesus 


Sat 14th Nov 09 


Jesus was not the saviour of the Jews neither was he their king or god.


Leon's Calvary Quotes


Calvary and the tomb of Jesus weren't close to each other. The closeness was artificially contrived by Constantine to facilitate pilgrimage . 


Winston Churchill 


Truth is incontrovertible. Panic may resent it, ignorance may deride it, malice may distort it, but there it is."


Ed Morrissey


"Mass murderer in Norway gets 99.5 days in prison per victim" 

"scary but it would help if other nations make sure that this guy stays in Norway and never enters another country." 


beena sarwar 


If clerics can hold forth from pulpits, move crowds to be violent in religion's name, they should also be able to move crowds to be peaceful.

More of My Quotes:

worries take up too much thinking space in my brain and I am very worried about its capacity. 


Jews mourn at the Wailing because the destruction of the temple signified the imminent destruction of the world. 

You don’t have to hate someone just because you disagree with him.


the Jews are the guardians of the temple and God will give them back that task. 


Moslems will agree to Jewish sovereignty of the Holy Land if they become Moslem.


Gambling is stealing honestly from people prepared to pay for the chance to steal honestly. 


God wants to destroy the world but desists because of devout Christians, Jews and Moslems.


Offering animal sacrifices Jews thought they were saving the world from destruction which God was preparing to carry out after Adam's sin.

Israelis have lost patience with the Arabs and aren’t interested in fighting extended wars. Leon Gork

Jewish idealism established the State of Israel to reach for the top of an ideal society


Hanlie Gordon




Rabbi of Kotzk


horses follow the middle of the path humans always walk along the edge.


More of my very own quotes:

why is it important to know that there is a god? won't i be just as happy not knowing that he exists as knowing?


levels of society are joined to each other, like mountain climbers struggling to reach the peak. Leon Gork


the Garden of Eden is the world we leave behind after we die, our lives are a once in a lifetime opportunity to make it more perfect Leon Gork


The Death of Sigmund Freud Mark Edmundson P.232

to renounce the visible in the interest of the unseen is an enormously difficult task.” 

for all to go well, he needed to have a close friend to confide in and a spirited enemy to oppose.


My Quote:


why is it important to know that there is a god? won't i be just as happy not knowing that he exists as knowing? 


The animal is capable of achieving pure joy because it can't think. I am capable of achieving it because I can think.


My tours in Jerusalem and Israel are the closest one can come in Israel to the situation in Hyde Park, where everyone can speak his mind freely.


Robert Browning. My last duchess

She had

A heart . . . how shall I say? . . . too soon made glad,

Too easily impressed; she liked whate'er

She looked on, and her looks went everywhere. 


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