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Quotes from Shmuel Agnon

"After all my possessions had been burned, God gave me the wisdom to return to Jerusalem."

"As a result of the historic catastrophe in which Titus of Rome destroyed Jerusalem and Israel was exiled from its land, I was born in one of the cities of the Exile."

"At the age of nineteen and a half, I went to the Land of Israel to till its soil and live by the labour of my hands. As I did not find work, I sought my livelihood elsewhere."

"But always I regarded myself as one who was born in Jerusalem."

"During the time I have dwelt in Jerusalem, I have written long stories and short ones. Some have been printed; most I still have in manuscript."

"For myself, I am very small indeed in my own eyes."

"I have also written a book about the Giving of the Torah, and a book on the Days of Awe, and a book on the books of Israel that have been written since the day the Torah was given to Israel."

"I returned to Jerusalem, and it is by virtue of Jerusalem that I have written all that God has put into my heart and into my pen."

"I was five years old when I wrote my first song. It was out of longing for my father that I wrote it."

"If we breathe the scent of goodly grass, the fragrance of spices, the aroma of good fruits, we pronounce a blessing over the pleasure."

"If we eat any food, or drink any beverage, we must recite a blessing over them before and after."

"My father's house, where I left a roomful of writings, was burned down in the First World War and all I had left there was burned with it."

"Not every man remembers the name of the cow which supplied him with each drop of milk he has drunk."

"Our sages of blessed memory have said that we must not enjoy any pleasure in this world without reciting a blessing."

"People's talk and the stories they tell have been engraved on my heart, and some of them have flown into my pen."

"The beginnings of my studies also came to me from my father, as well as from the Rabbinical Judge of our town. But they were preceded by three tutors under whom I studied, one after the other, from the time I was three and a half till I turned eight and a"

"The fate of the singers who, like my songs, went up in flame was also the fate of the books which I later wrote. All of them went up in flame to Heaven in a fire which broke out one night at my home in Bad Homburg as I lay ill in a hospital."

"Through these offices it was my privilege to get to know almost every Jewish person, and those whom I did not come to know through these offices I came to know through love and a desire to know my brethren, the members of my people."

"When I first began to combine letters other than Hebrew, I read every book in German that came my way, and from these I certainly received according to the nature of my soul."

Total Quotes: 19

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