Jewish Perspectives on Happiness An ELI Talk by Dr. David Pelcovitz
(יח) בְּאֵ֣ין חָ֭זוֹן יִפָּ֣רַֽע עָ֑ם וְשֹׁמֵ֖ר תּוֹרָ֣ה אַשְׁרֵֽהוּ׃
(18) For lack of vision a people lose restraint, But happy is he who heeds instruction.

"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were big things."

-Robert Brault

"יש בן חורין שרוחו רוח של עבד, ויש עבד שרוחו מלאה חירות; הנאמן לעצמיותו – בן חורין הוא, ומי שכל חייו הם רק במה שטוב ויפה בעיני אחרים – הוא עבד."

"There could be a freeman with the spirit of the slave, and there could be a slave with a spirit full of freedom; whoever is faithful to himself – he is a freeman, and whoever fills his life only with what is good and beautiful in the eyes of others – he is a slave."

-Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook

"May God save me from fragmentation of the soul."

-Rabbeinu Bachya (Baheya ben Asher ibn Halawa), Chovot HaLevavot 1040

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