Abraham Cahan

  • Lithuanian author
  • Born 1860
  • Died 1951

Abraham "Abe" Cahan (July 7, 1860 – August 31, 1951) was a Belarusian-born Jewish American socialist newspaper editor, novelist, and politician. Cahan was one of the founders of The Forward (Yiddish: פֿאָרווערטס‎, romanized: Forverts, lit. 'Forward! '), an American Yiddish publication, and was its editor-in-chief for 43 years. During his stewardship of the Forward, it became a prominent voice in the Jewish community and in the Socialist Party of America, voicing a relatively moderate stance within the realm of American socialist politics.

The dearest days in one's life are those that seem very far and very near at once.

Be modest, humble, simple. Control your anger.

If it be true that our people represent a high percentage of mental vigor, the distinction is probably due, in some measure, to the extremely important part which Talmud studies have played in the spiritual life of the race.

What is wealth? A dream of fools.

If you study the Talmud you please God even more than you do by praying or fasting.

Only the other world has substance and reality; only good deeds and holy learning have tangible worth.

Life is much shorter than I imagined it to be.

Remember that it is not enough to abstain from lying by word of mouth; for the worst lies are often conveyed by a false look, smile, or act.

If a man is tongue-tied, don't laugh at him, but, rather, feel pity for him, as you would for a man with broken legs.

What is this world? A mere curl of smoke for the wind to scatter.

You must never tire fighting Satan.

God, for example, appealed to me as a beardless man wearing a quilted silk cap; holiness was something burning, forbidding, something connected with fire while a day had the form of an oblong box.

Above all, you must fight conceit, envy, and every kind of ill-feeling in your heart.

If you feel that you are good, don't be too proud of it.

I was a great dreamer of day dreams.

The orthodox Jewish faith practically excludes woman from religious life.