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By Anonym 14 Sep

Theodore Bikel

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Theodore Bikel

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Theodore Bikel

The play is always fresh to me. It's not the audience's fault that I've said the words before.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Theodore Bikel

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Theodore Bikel

I am determined to give the Yiddish language a fighting chance to survive.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Theodore Bikel

I refuse to do shows that are narrowly constructed, that appeal to only one sentiment. I do a lot of Jewish material in front of non-Jews and a lot of non-Jewish material in front of Jews on the simple theory that the non-Jews are entitled to a glimpse of a Jewish world and the Jews are entitled to a glimpse of the world.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Theodore Bikel

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Theodore Bikel

I do not know who there is among us that can claim to know God's purpose and God's intent.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Theodore Bikel

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Theodore Bikel

You can't expect the entire world to come to New York to see you. You have to travel to them.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Theodore Bikel

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Theodore Bikel

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Theodore Bikel

We live in a world of guns, bombs and terror. To conquer hate seems a nigh-impossible task.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Theodore Bikel

When something is moving you get that intake of breath and that stillness from the audience.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Theodore Bikel

Right up to the middle of this century all perceptions of the world around us were delivered via the bookshelf or the paper route.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Theodore Bikel

No movement can afford to be caught in a time warp and exist in a state of suspended animation.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Theodore Bikel

No heirloom of humankind captures the past as do art and language.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Theodore Bikel

I prefer to make common cause with those whose weapons are guitars, banjos, fiddles and words.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Theodore Bikel

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Theodore Bikel

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Theodore Bikel

I don't speak out because I am an actor nor will I keep silent because I am an actor. I respect my profession, but it endows me with no special privileges; but it also does not limit me or muzzle me. I am a person and a citizen with the attendant responsibilities of voice and vote.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Theodore Bikel

I glory in the fact that a human being has multiple talents and exercises them all with a degree of integrity and artistic proficiency. That's what I do.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Theodore Bikel

No doubt unity is something to be desired, to be striven for, but it cannot be willed into being by mere declarations.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Theodore Bikel

I am filled with awe that filmmakers have the capacity to stir us and give us back a sense of wonder.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Theodore Bikel

In my mind the city of Ariel is a thorn in Israel's side and a serious obstacle to peace.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Theodore Bikel

We Jews have a special attachment to the Book. The study of page after page in tomes yellowing with age was obligatory.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Theodore Bikel

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Theodore Bikel

You don't really need modernity in order to exist totally and fully. You need a mixture of modernity and tradition.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Theodore Bikel

'Visiting Mr. Green' is a good play. I enjoy being in it, and I have a wonderful colleague, Aidan deSalaiz, to work with. Audiences like it a lot. What's not to like?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Theodore Bikel

In my world, history comes down to language and art.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Theodore Bikel

Epistemology is the study of knowledge. By what conduit do we know what we know?

By Anonym 15 Sep

Theodore Bikel

You cannot please all of the people all of the time, and that is truer in the arts than anywhere else.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Theodore Bikel

Retiring' - within that word is 'tiring,' and I'm not tired. I don't believe in retirement, really.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Theodore Bikel

Accents. I'm very good with accents. I'm exceedingly good.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Theodore Bikel

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Theodore Bikel

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Theodore Bikel

I am a universalist, passionately devoted to the cause of equality within the human family.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Theodore Bikel

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?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Theodore Bikel

I do prefer the stage. It's really the granddaddy of them all.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Theodore Bikel

I have always striven to raise the voice of hope for a world where hate gives way to respect and oppression to liberation.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Theodore Bikel

I am first, and foremost, an actor. That's what I am. To me, a song is a mini-drama. My musical ability informs the actor as well because it gives me a sense of timing that non-musicians don't have. So, one hand washes the other.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Theodore Bikel

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Theodore Bikel

I prefer to choose which traditions to keep and which to let go.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Theodore Bikel

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Theodore Bikel

I am not a specialist but a general practitioner in the world of the arts.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Theodore Bikel

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Theodore Bikel

For I firmly believe that Jewish life, indeed any communal life, can only be organized according to democratic principles.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Theodore Bikel

I am a Zionist, an ardent supporter of Israel, its defender when I deem Israel to be right and its critic when I deem it to be wrong.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Theodore Bikel

But, when I toil in the field of Jewish culture which I frequently do, I am indeed a Jewish artist.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Theodore Bikel

There is no role I cannot play except a midget.