כי פנימיות הכל כח הבורא ית' והוא אמת. רק שיש שפה וקליפה מבחוץ והוא ציור ודמיון ונק' יצר הרע.
Sefat Emeth, Shabbat Chanukah, 5640
For the core of everything is the power of the Blessed Creator, which is truth. But there is language and shell on the outside, and that is just depiction and imagination, and it is called yetser ha'ra.
I and Thou, Martin Buber
Translated from the German by Walter Kaufmann, page 95
The basic word I-It does not come from evil, any more than matter comes from evil. It comes from evil like matter that presumes to be that which has being. When man lets it have its way, the relentlessly growing It-world grows over him like weeds, his own I loses its actuality, until the incubus over him and the phantom inside him exchange the whispered confession of their need for redemption.