Inspirational Martin Buber Quotes

Martin Buber (February 8, 1878 – June 13, 1965) was an Austrian-born Israeli Jewish philosopher. This post features some Inspirational Martin Buber Quotes.

Born in Vienna, Buber came from a family of observant Jews, but broke with Jewish custom to pursue secular studies in philosophy. In 1930, Buber became an honorary professor at the University of Frankfurt am Main, but resigned from his professorship in protest immediately after Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933.

Buber was a direct descendant of the prominent 16th century rabbi Meir Katzenellenbogen, known as the Maharam of Padua, as was his cousin, cosmetics entrepreneur Helena Rubinstein. Karl Marx is another notable relative.

Martin Buber Quotes
Martin Buber Quotes

Martin Buber Quotes

“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”
― Martin Buber

“Solitude is the place of purification.”
― Martin Buber

“The atheist staring from his attic window is often nearer to God than the believer caught up in his own false image of God.”
― Martin Buber

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

“An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.”
― Martin Buber

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

“All real living is meeting.”
― Martin Buber

“The world is not comprehensible, but it is embraceable: through the embracing of one of its beings.”
― Martin Buber

“A person cannot approach the divine by reaching beyond the human. To become human, is what this individual person, has been created for.”
― Martin Buber

“We can be redeemed only to the extent to which we see ourselves.”
Martin Buber

“Everyone must come out of his Exile in his own way.”
Martin Buber quotes

“I do not accept any absolute formulas for living. No preconceived code can see ahead to everything that can happen in a man’s life. As we live, we grow and our beliefs change. They must change. So I think we should live with this constant discovery. We should be open to this adventure in heightened awareness of living. We should stake our whole existence on our willingness to explore and experience. ”
― Martin Buber

“Play is the exultation of the possible.”
― 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

“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

“This is the eternal origin of art that a human being confronts a form that wants to become a work through him. Not a figment of his soul but something that appears to the soul and demands the soul’s creative power. What is required is a deed that a man does with his whole being.”
― Martin Buber

“Every person born into the world represents something new, something that never existed before, something original and unique….If there had been someone like her in the world, there would have been no need for her to be born.”
Martin Buber quotes

“Feelings dwell in man; but man dwells in his love. That is no metaphor, but the actual truth. Love does not cling to the I in such a way as to have the Thou only for its ” content,” its object; but love is between I and Thou. The man who does not know this, with his very being know this, does not know love; even though he ascribes to it the feelings he lives through, experiences, enjoys, and expresses.”
― Martin Buber

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