Life moves on, whether we act as cowards or heroes. Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy, and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.Henry Miller
- Realists are, as a rule, only men in the rut of routine who are incapable of transcending a narrow circle of antiquated notions.
- Der Judenstaat (1896)
- אם תרצו, אין זו אגדה
- Im tirtsu, ein zo agada
- If you will it, it is no dream.
- Altneuland [Old, New Land] (1902)
- Were I to sum up the Basel Congress in a word — which I shall guard against pronouncing publicly — it would be this: At Basel, I founded the Jewish State. If I said this out loud today, I would be answered by universal laughter. Perhaps in five years, certainly in fifty, everyone will know it.
- Diary entry (3 September 1897), a few days after the First Zionist Congress in Basel, Switzerland, as quoted in'Nonstate Nations in International Politics: Comparative System Analyses (1997) by Judy S. Bertelsen, p. 37
- Variant translation: Were I to sum up the Basel Congress in a few words — which I shall guard against pronouncing publicly — it would be this: At Basel, I founded the Jewish State. If I said this out loud today, I would be answered by universal laughter. Perhaps in five years, and certainly in fifty, everyone will realize it.
- As quoted in The Jewish Question: Biography of a World Problem (1990) by Alex Bein
- Dream and deed are not as different as many think. All the deeds of men are dreams at first, and become dreams in the end.
- As quoted in The Israelis : Founders and Sons (1971) by Amos Elon, p. 57
The Diaries of Theodore Herzl (1956)
- The Diaries of Theodore Herzl as edited and translated by Marvin Lowenthal (Dial Press, New York, 1956),
- In Paris... I achieved a freer attitude toward anti-Semitism, which I now began to understand historically and to pardon. Above all, I recognized the emptiness and futility of trying to "combat" anti-Semitism.
- In reaction to the Dreyfus affair.
- The anti-Semites will become our most loyal friends; the anti-Semitic nations will become our allies.
- Noting that anti-semite's desire to expel Jews from their nations would aid the Zionist cause.