Sholem Asch

Sholem Asch, 1940

Sholem Asch (1 November 188010 July 1957), was a Polish-born American Jewish novelist, dramatist, and essayist in the Yiddish language.


  • Not the power to remember, but its very opposite, the power to forget, is a necessary condition for our existence.
    • The Nazarene, 1939, p. 3.
  • Suffering, my son, is the fount of love. Suffering is the grace, the great grace, which our Father in heaven pours down upon us. For suffering gives men submissive hearts. He that does not suffer thinks that he stands upon a mighty rock which he himself has raised. He does not see his brother; he sees only himself. He believes in no one; he believes only in his own strength. His heart becomes a swamp which swarms with reptiles: pride, obstinacy, and self-love. And when his footstool is rolled away from under him, he sinks, together with all the reptiles, into the depths of hell. But he to whom God has granted suffering shall find his pains like ropes which bind him to his Father in heaven. His heart is awake to feel the pains of his brother in need. He sends afflictions upon you and makes you small on earth that you may be great in heaven.
    • The Nazarene, 1939, p. 512.

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