"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."
"True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist."Theodore Bikel on Albert Einstein
"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."Theodore Bikel on Vincent Van Gogh
"The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person."Theodore Bikel on Abraham Lincoln
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."Theodore Bikel on Aristotle
"A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament."Theodore Bikel on Oscar Wilde
"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."
"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."
"I tried for a while to be an agricultural worker and was hopelessly bored. I would stand around in heaps of manure and sing about the beauty of the work I wasn't doing."