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After the advent of the written word, the masses who could not - or were not permitted to - read, were given sermons by the few who could.
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All too often arrogance accompanies strength, and we must never assume that justice is on the side of the strong. The use of power must always be accompanied by moral choice.
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Although I am deeply grateful to a great many people, I forgo the temptation of naming them for fear that I might slight any by omission.
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As an artist I have an even more abiding interest in the compact between the Arts and Government.
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Audiences are audiences.
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But there is a difference here: When Jewish children are murdered, Arabs celebrate the deed. The death of an Arab child is no cause for celebration in Israel.
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But, when I toil in the field of Jewish culture which I frequently do, I am indeed a Jewish artist.
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By showing hunger, deprivation, starvation and brutality, as well as endurance and nobility, documentaries inform, prod our memories, even stir us to action. Such films do battle for our very soul.
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By showing hunger, deprivation, starvation and brutality, as well as endurance and nobility, documentaries are able to inform, prod our memories, even stir us to action. Such films do battle for our very soul.
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Condemning Israeli actions in the territories without so much as a reference to the criminal violence that triggers them seems to have become fashionable on the labor scene.
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Despite a large body of work in films, TV, theatre and concerts, I am viewed by many as a Jewish artist. I do not resent the label, except for the fact that I disapprove of labels in general.
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Epistemology is the study of knowledge. By what conduit do we know what we know?
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Every actor wants to direct.
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Finally, let me come back to all those who have turned their backs on Israel and Zionism in frustration and disenchantment. Listen to their voices, listen to them carefully; confront their anger, their resentment and their feeling of having to give up on the dream.
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For I firmly believe that Jewish life, indeed any communal life, can only be organized according to democratic principles.
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Half of my audience was not only not Jewish, they were not Caucasian. I would see these Japanese and Chinese faces being clearly moved.
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Having come to live in this age is as though one were to have entered another country. Learn its language or risk being left out.
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I always sang, I always acted, I always played.
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I am a universalist, passionately devoted to the cause of equality within the human family.
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I am determined to give the Yiddish language a fighting chance to survive.
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I am filled with awe that filmmakers have the capacity to stir us and give us a sense of wonder. Film, like no other medium, makes a visceral appeal to our humanity.
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I am filled with awe that filmmakers have the capacity to stir us and give us back a sense of wonder.
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I am not a specialist but a general practitioner in the world of the arts.
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I created the role of Captain Von Trapp.
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I do not know who there is among us that can claim to know God's purpose and God's intent.
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I do prefer the stage. It's really the granddaddy of them all.
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I glory in the fact that I'm capable of doing more than several things. I'm never stale.
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I have always striven to raise the voice of hope for a world where hate gives way to respect and oppression to liberation.
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I know for certain of only one commandment, one obligation, that God imposes upon us, and that is to be compassionate toward other human beings.
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I make no claim that Jewish culture is superior to other cultures or that the Jewish song is better than the song of my neighbor.
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I never get lost in anything. I always keep a perspective.
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I prefer to choose which traditions to keep and which to let go.
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I prefer to make common cause with those whose weapons are guitars, banjos, fiddles and words.
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I remain convinced that I can be a true universalist only when I am a better Jew.
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I tried for a while to be an agricultural worker and was hopelessly bored. To me it was meaningless. I would stand around in heaps of manure and sings about the beauty of the work I wasn't doing.
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I'm deeply devoted to the fate of my colleagues.
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I'm exceedingly proud of being an actor, but I never recommend it to anyone.
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I've been very content with my life.
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If I have one vanity wish, it would be to direct. It's the only thing I haven't done yet that I would like to.
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In my world, history comes down to language and art. No one cares much about what battles were fought, who won them and who lost them - unless there is a painting, a play, a song or a poem that speaks of the event.
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In truth it is the other way around: Israelis are the victims of criminal suicide bombers who in turn invite punitive forays into Palestinian territory.
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Must we be put to shame by much smaller and poorer countries, by Ireland, France, Austria or Sweden, who have understood that a nation's support of its arts is a matter of both national pride and cultural survival?
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My father... was a socialist and Zionist.
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News has to be immediate, here and now.
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No doubt unity is something to be desired, to be striven for, but it cannot be willed into being by mere declarations.
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No heirloom of humankind captures the past as do art and language.
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No movement can afford to be caught in a time warp and exist in a state of suspended animation.
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On the stage you're there, it's live. There's a beginning, a middle, an end. When something is funny you hear it right away.
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One might have thought the world would stop ascribing moral equivalence between acts of terrorism and acts of punishing terrorism. It has not happened that way.
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Right up to the middle of this century all perceptions of the world around us were delivered via the bookshelf or the paper route.
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Siding with Israel's enemies is not compatible with labor values.
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Tea House of the August Moon was set in Japan. Other things set in Central Europe. If that story has a universal appeal it doesn't matter what the hook is.
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The play is always fresh to me. It's not the audience's fault that I've said the words before.
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The Royal Academy was rigid. I wanted to acknowledge other possibilities.
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There are many ways in which the speech of Lithuanian Jews differs from Polish and Russian Jews. If you are in tune with the differences, you will hear it.
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There have been black plays that have had appeal to all audiences, white and black alike.
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There is hardly one among us who has not grieved over the loss of a friend, colleague or acquaintance who died of the dreaded epidemic disease known as AIDS.
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Those who suffer from AIDS deserve better than to be branded as sinners outside our concern and to be forced to become some kind of latter-day lepers.
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Throughout my life I have cared as deeply about the songs of all peoples as I have about the rights of all peoples.
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We do lament the passing of tradition and the fudging of the edges of the tradition.
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We Jews have a special attachment to the Book. The study of page after page in tomes yellowing with age was obligatory.
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We live in a world of guns, bombs and terror. To conquer hate seems a nigh-impossible task.
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What kept us alive was the sharp discussion, mind pitted against mind, and man wrestling with God.
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What moves me is neither ethnocentric pride nor sectarian arrogance. I make no claim that Jewish culture is superior to other cultures. But it is mine.
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When something is moving you get that intake of breath and that stillness from the audience.
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Whenever the stability of the area is threatened either by the actions of the government, or its failure to act, there is a discernible flight from the ranks of those who but yesterday declared themselves as Zionist supporters.
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While we all could agree that the Zionist ideal is alive and well, there is serious doubt whether the Zionist movement can be said to be an ongoing proposition, fragmented as its components are in ideology and in practice.
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Yes, respect is a two-way street and, when given, we will return respect for respect, tolerance for tolerance, acceptance for acceptance.
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You always draw on your experiences with live audiences to know how to do comedy on films. You're working for a laugh that may or may not come six months later, but you're working in a vacuum at the time you are doing it.
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You can't expect the entire world to come to New York to see you. You have to travel to them.
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You don't really need modernity in order to exist totally and fully. You need a mixture of modernity and tradition.
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You learn more from the flops than you do from the hits.
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