Author: Theodore Bikel - Austrian - Actor

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.-Theodore Bikel
[ Advent After Could Few Given Masses Permitted Read Sermons Were Word Written] [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.-Theodore Bikel
[ Accompanied Accompanies Always Arrogance Assume Choice Justice Moral Must Never Often Power Side Strength Strong Too Use] [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.-Theodore Bikel
[ Although Am Any Deeply Fear Forgo Grateful Great Many Might Naming Omission Slight Temptation Them] [Theodore Bikel]

As an artist I have an even more abiding interest in the compact between the Arts and Government.-Theodore Bikel
[ Abiding Artist Arts Between Compact Even Government Interest More] [Theodore Bikel]

Audiences are audiences.-Theodore Bikel
[ Audiences] [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.-Theodore Bikel
[ Arab Arabs Cause Celebrate Celebration Child Children Death Deed Difference Here Israel Jewish Murdered] [Theodore Bikel]

But, when I toil in the field of Jewish culture which I frequently do, I am indeed a Jewish artist.-Theodore Bikel
[ Am Artist Culture Field Frequently Indeed Jewish Toil Which] [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.-Theodore Bikel
[ Action Battle Brutality Deprivation Documentaries Endurance Even Films Hunger Inform Memories Nobility Our Prod Showing Soul Starvation Stir Such Us Very Well] [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.-Theodore Bikel
[ Am Artist Body Concerts Despite Disapprove Except Fact Films General Jewish Label Labels Large Many Resent Theatre Tv Viewed Work] [Theodore Bikel]

Epistemology is the study of knowledge. By what conduit do we know what we know?-Theodore Bikel
[ Conduit Epistemology Know Knowledge Study] [Theodore Bikel]

Every actor wants to direct.-Theodore Bikel
[ Actor Direct Every Wants] [Theodore Bikel]

For I firmly believe that Jewish life, indeed any communal life, can only be organized according to democratic principles.-Theodore Bikel
[ According Any Believe Communal Democratic Firmly Indeed Jewish Life Only Organized Principles] [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.-Theodore Bikel
[ Age Another Being Come Country Entered Having Language Learn Left Live Out Risk Though Were] [Theodore Bikel]

I always sang, I always acted, I always played.-Theodore Bikel
[ Acted Always Played Sang] [Theodore Bikel]

I am a universalist, passionately devoted to the cause of equality within the human family.-Theodore Bikel
[ Am Cause Devoted Equality Family Human Passionately Universalist Within] [Theodore Bikel]

I am determined to give the Yiddish language a fighting chance to survive.-Theodore Bikel
[ Am Chance Determined Fighting Give Language Survive Yiddish] [Theodore Bikel]

I am filled with awe that filmmakers have the capacity to stir us and give us back a sense of wonder.-Theodore Bikel
[ Am Awe Back Capacity Filled Filmmakers Give Sense Stir Us Wonder] [Theodore Bikel]

I am not a specialist but a general practitioner in the world of the arts.-Theodore Bikel
[ Am Arts General Practitioner Specialist World] [Theodore Bikel]

I created the role of Captain Von Trapp.-Theodore Bikel
[ Captain Created Role Von] [Theodore Bikel]

I do not know who there is among us that can claim to know God's purpose and God's intent.-Theodore Bikel
[ Among Claim God Intent Know Purpose Us] [Theodore Bikel]

I do prefer the stage. It's really the granddaddy of them all.-Theodore Bikel
[ Prefer Really Stage Them] [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.-Theodore Bikel
[ Always Gives Hate Hope Liberation Oppression Raise Respect Striven Voice Way Where World] [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.-Theodore Bikel
[ Beings Certain Commandment Compassionate God Human Imposes Know Obligation Only Other Toward Upon Us] [Theodore Bikel]

I make no claim that Jewish culture is superior to other cultures or that the Jewish song is better than the song of my neighbor.-Theodore Bikel
[ Better Claim Culture Cultures Jewish Make Neighbor Other Song Superior Than] [Theodore Bikel]

I prefer to choose which traditions to keep and which to let go.-Theodore Bikel
[ Choose Go Keep Prefer Traditions Which] [Theodore Bikel]

I prefer to make common cause with those whose weapons are guitars, banjos, fiddles and words.-Theodore Bikel
[ Cause Common Guitars Make Prefer Those Weapons Whose Words] [Theodore Bikel]

I remain convinced that I can be a true universalist only when I am a better Jew.-Theodore Bikel
[ Am Better Convinced Jew Only Remain True Universalist] [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.-Theodore Bikel
[ Agricultural Around Beauty Bored Doing Heaps Hopelessly Manure Meaningless Sings Stand Tried While Work Worker Would] [Theodore Bikel]

I'm exceedingly proud of being an actor, but I never recommend it to anyone.-Theodore Bikel
[ Actor Anyone Being Exceedingly Never Proud Recommend] [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.-Theodore Bikel
[ Direct Done Haven Only Thing Vanity Wish Would Yet] [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.-Theodore Bikel
[ Art Battles Cares Comes Down Event Fought History Language Lost Much Painting Play Poem Song Speaks Them Unless Were Won World] [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?-Theodore Bikel
[ Arts Austria Both Countries Cultural France Ireland Matter Much Must Nation National Poorer Pride Put Shame Smaller Support Survival Sweden Understood] [Theodore Bikel]

No doubt unity is something to be desired, to be striven for, but it cannot be willed into being by mere declarations.-Theodore Bikel
[ Being Cannot Declarations Desired Doubt Into Mere Something Striven Unity Willed] [Theodore Bikel]

No heirloom of humankind captures the past as do art and language.-Theodore Bikel
[ Art Captures Humankind Language Past] [Theodore Bikel]

No movement can afford to be caught in a time warp and exist in a state of suspended animation.-Theodore Bikel
[ Afford Animation Caught Exist Movement State Suspended Time Warp] [Theodore Bikel]

On the stage you're there, it's live. There's a beginning, a middle, an end. When something is funny you hear it right away.-Theodore Bikel
[ Away Beginning End Funny Hear Live Middle Right Something Stage] [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.-Theodore Bikel
[ Acts Between Happened Might Moral Punishing Stop Terrorism Thought Way World Would] [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.-Theodore Bikel
[ Around Bookshelf Century Delivered Middle Paper Perceptions Right Route Up Us Via Were World] [Theodore Bikel]

The play is always fresh to me. It's not the audience's fault that I've said the words before.-Theodore Bikel
[ Always Audience Before Fault Fresh Play Said Words] [Theodore Bikel]

Throughout my life I have cared as deeply about the songs of all peoples as I have about the rights of all peoples.-Theodore Bikel
[ Cared Deeply Life Peoples Rights Songs Throughout] [Theodore Bikel]

We Jews have a special attachment to the Book. The study of page after page in tomes yellowing with age was obligatory.-Theodore Bikel
[ After Age Attachment Book Jews Obligatory Page Special Study] [Theodore Bikel]

We live in a world of guns, bombs and terror. To conquer hate seems a nigh-impossible task.-Theodore Bikel
[ Bombs Conquer Guns Hate Live Seems Task Terror World] [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.-Theodore Bikel
[ Arrogance Claim Culture Cultures Jewish Make Mine Moves Neither Nor Other Pride Sectarian Superior] [Theodore Bikel]

When something is moving you get that intake of breath and that stillness from the audience.-Theodore Bikel
[ Audience Breath Get Intake Moving Something Stillness] [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.-Theodore Bikel
[ Agree Alive Components Could Doubt Fragmented Ideal Ideology Movement Ongoing Practice Proposition Said Serious Well Whether While Zionist] [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.-Theodore Bikel
[ Always Audiences Come Comedy Doing Draw Experiences Films How Know Later Laugh Live May Months Six Time Vacuum Working Your] [Theodore Bikel]

You can't expect the entire world to come to New York to see you. You have to travel to them.-Theodore Bikel
[ Come Entire Expect New See Them Travel World York] [Theodore Bikel]

You don't really need modernity in order to exist totally and fully. You need a mixture of modernity and tradition.-Theodore Bikel
[ Exist Fully Mixture Modernity Need Order Really Totally Tradition] [Theodore Bikel]

You learn more from the flops than you do from the hits.-Theodore Bikel
[ Flops Hits Learn More Than] [Theodore Bikel]