Martin Buber Quotes

From my youth onwards I have found in Jesus my great brother.

Martin Buber

Solitude is the place of purification.

Martin Buber

The real struggle is not between East and West, or capitalism and communism, but between education and propaganda.

Martin Buber

All names of God remain hallowed because they have been used not only to speak of God but also to speak to him.

Martin Buber

All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.

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.

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.

Martin Buber

God wants man to fulfill his commands as a human being and with the quality peculiar to human beings.

Martin Buber

When two people relate to each other authentically and humanly, God is the electricity that surges between them.

Martin Buber

We can learn to be whole by saying what we mean and doing what we say.

Martin Buber

The world is not comprehensible, but it is embraceable: through the embracing of one of its beings.

Martin Buber

The perfection of any matter, the highest or the lowest, touches on the divine.

Martin Buber

The ones who count are those persons who though they may be of little renown respond to and are responsible for the continuation of the living spirit.

Martin Buber

I do, indeed, close my door at times and surrender myself to a book, but only because I can open the door again and see a human face looking at me.

Martin Buber

How would man exist if God did not need him, and how would you exist? You need God in order to be, and God needs you for that is the meaning of your life.

Martin Buber

God is the mysterium tremendum that appears and overthrows, but he is also the mystery of the self-evident, nearer to me than my I.

Martin Buber
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