Nadirisms 76-81: God, Light, & Bread
It is perhaps a natural law that when an individual stands in opposition to the thousands, the individual will be rejected and beaten back by the thousands. Although this is not “wisdom” on the part of the individual, nor “heroism” on the part of thousands.
Es iz efsher a natur-gezets, az eynder, vos shtelt zikh kegn toyznt, zol fun ale toyznt tsurikgeshlogn vern. Khotsh metsad dem eynem iz dos nit keyn “hokhme” un metsad di toyznt iz dos nit keyn “heldishkayt.”
Goyim toygn nisht tsu zayn keyn antisemitn. Zey kenen undz nisht genug. Zey hobn undz srov faynt far undzere mayles, dos iz fe, mies.
Anti Semitism hardly does the gentiles any good. They don’t know us well enough for that. In general, they hate us for our virtues. It is ugly, disgusting.
A ray of light cannot be cut with a sword, no matter how long, sharp, or mighty the sword may be!
A likht-shtral ken men nisht ibershnaydn mit keyn shverd, vi sharf un vi lang un vi makhtik di shverd zol nisht zayn!
Man once looked for Gods, these days we make do with less; these days, man looks for--man.
Amol mit yorn tsuik hobn mentshn gezukht geter, haynt banugnt men zikh mit veyniker, haynt zukhn mentshn--mentshn.
No man is great, my child, except for he who stands on another’s shoulders. Do not stand on another’s shoulders and do not let another’s feet stand on yours!
Groys iz keyner nisht, mayn kind, akhuts der vos shtelt zikh aruf fremde mentshns akslen. Shtey nisht af fremde akslen un loz nisht keyn fremde fis shhteyn af dayne!
Every crumb of bread unto--dream…
Every scrap of dream is yoked unto
the ox’s yoke of bread.
Yeder shtikl broyt vert--kholem…
Yeder pitsl kholem vert ayngeshpant in
oksnshpan fun broyt.