"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."
"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."Theodore Bikel on Abraham Lincoln
"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."Theodore Bikel on Margaret Thatcher
"Knowledge will give you power, but character respect."Theodore Bikel on Bruce Lee
"All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth."Theodore Bikel on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character is power."Theodore Bikel on Booker T. Washington
"We Jews have a special attachment to the Book. The study of page after page in tomes yellowing with age was obligatory."
"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."
"No heirloom of humankind captures the past as do art and language."
"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."
"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."