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Born: 1909-02-24
Profession: Activist
Nation: Russian
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His struggle for a bare living left him no time to take advantage of the public evening school. In time he learned to read, to follow a conversation or lecture; but he never learned to write correctly; and his pronunciation remains extremely foreign to this day.

Tags: School, Struggle, Time

In the evening of the first day my father conducted us to the public baths.

Tags: Evening, Father, Public

No, the czar did not want us in the schools.

Tags: Czar, Schools

On a royal birthday every house must fly a flag, or the owner would be dragged to a police station and be fined twenty-five rubles.

Tags: Birthday, House, Police

Our mothers are racked with the pains of our physical birth; we ourselves suffer the longer pains of our spiritual growth.

Tags: Growth, Mothers, Spiritual

The apex of my civic pride and personal contentment was reached on the bright September morning when I entered the public school.

Tags: Morning, Pride, School

The czar always got his dues, no matter if it ruined a family.

Tags: Family, Matter, Ruined

You heard on all sides that the brightest Jewish children were turned down if the examining officers did not like the turn of their noses.

Tags: Children, Heard, Turn

You went up to be examined with the other Jewish children, your heart heavy about that matter of your nose.

Tags: Children, Heart, Matter

As we moved along in a little procession, I was delighted with the illumination of the streets. So many lamps, and they burned until morning, my father said, and so people did not need to carry lanterns.

Tags: Father, Morning, Said

If education, culture, the higher life were shining things to be worshiped from afar, he had still a means left whereby he could draw one step nearer to them.

Tags: Education, Life, Means

One positive command he gave us: You shall love and honor your emperor. In every congregation a prayer must be said for the czar's health, or the chief of police would close the synagogue.

Tags: Health, Love, Positive

The czar was always sending us commands - you shall not do this and you shall not do that - till there was very little left that we might do, except pay tribute and die.

Tags: Die, Left, Might

The first meal was an object lesson of much variety. My father produced several kinds of food, ready to eat, without any cooking, from little tin cans that had printing all over them.

Tags: Father, Food, Ready

There was one public school for boys, and one for girls, but Jewish children were admitted in limited numbers - only ten to a hundred; and even the lucky ones had their troubles.

Tags: Children, Public, School

We are not born all at once, but by bits. The body first, and the spirit later; and the birth and growth of the spirit, in those who are attentive to their own inner life, are slow and exceedingly painful.

Tags: Body, Life, Once

Everything yields to diligence.

Tags: Diligence, Yields

The quest for riches darkens the sense of right and wrong.

Tags: Riches, Sense, Wrong

Old age is, so to speak, the sanctuary of ills: they all take refuge in it.

Tags: Age, Old, Speak

Poverty is the schoolmaster of character.

Tags: Character, Poverty

Not to unlearn what you have learned is the most necessary kind of learning.

Tags: Learned, Learning, Necessary

There are only two people who can tell you the truth about yourself - an enemy who has lost his temper and a friend who loves you dearly.

Tags: Enemy, Truth, Yourself

As iron is eaten away by rust, so the envious are consumed by their own passion.

Tags: Away, Jealousy, Passion

The most useful piece of learning for the uses of life is to unlearn what is untrue.

Tags: Learning, Life, Useful

Observe your enemies, for they first find out your faults.

Tags: Faults, Observe

Pay attention to your enemies, for they are the first to discover your mistakes.

Tags: Attention, Mistakes, Pay
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I am sadly afraid that I must have done some wicked thing.

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Quarrels often arise in marriages when the bridal gifts are excessive.

Tags: Gifts, Marriage, Often
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