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Rabbi Tarfon said: "The day is short, the task is great, the laborers are lazy, the wage is abundant and the master is urgent." -- Avot 2:20

He [Rabbi Tarfon]used to say: "It is not incumbent upon you to finish the task. Yet, you are not free to desist from it." -- Avot 2:21

Rabbi Akiva said: "All is foreseen, but freedom of choice is given. The world is judged in goodness, yet all is proportioned to one's work." --  Avot 3:19

Rabbi Elazar of Bartota said: "Render to Him that which is his, for you and all that you have are His, as David said (I Chronicles 29:14): 'For all things come from You, and of Your own have we given you.' " -- Avot 3:8

He [Rabbi Chanina ben Dosa] used to say: "He whose works exceed his wisdom, his wisdom endures; but he whose wisdom exceeds his works, his wisdom will not endure." -- Avot 3:12

Ben Azzai said: "Be eager to fulfill the smallest duty and flee from transgression; for one duty induces another and one transgression induces another transgression." -- Avot 4:2

"Hashem praises a poor person who triumphs over his Evil Nature and returns an object." -- Pesachim 113a

"It's a question of discipline," the little prince told me later on. "When you've finished washing and dressing each morning, you must tend your planet." -- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince, 1943, translated from French by Richard Howard

"It is impossible for obstacles not to come, but how terrible for the man through whom they come! He would be better to have a millstone hung around his neck and be cast into the sea than for him to cause one of these little ones to stumble." -- Mashiach Yeshua, Luke 17:2, DHE

"If you falter in a time of trouble, how small is your strength!" -- Mishlei 24:10

What you hate, do not do to your friend. ~ Shabbos 31a

Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself.  I am the LORD. ~ Vayikra 19:18

Hillel and Shammai received the Torah from them. Hillel said: Be of the disciples of Aaron, loving peace and pursuing peace, loving your fellow creatures and bringing them close to the Torah. ~ Avot 1:12

If you have done your neighbor a little wrong, let it be in your eyes great; if you have done him much good, let it be in your eyes little; if he has done you a little good, let it be in your eyes great; if he has done you a great wrong, let it be in your eyes little.  ~ Avot 1:6, Avot de Rabbi Nathan ch 41

He who says, 'What is mine is yours and what is yours is thine own'—he is a saintly man. ~ Avot 5:13

A love without rebuke is no real love. ~ Bereishit Rabbah, ch 54, section 3

The highest form of wisdom is kindness. ~ Berachot 17a

Shimon the Righteous was one of the last survivors of the Great Assembly.  He used to say: 'On three things the world is sustained: on the Torah, on the (Temple) service, and on deeds of loving kindness.'  ~ Avot 1:2

The world is built with chesed (loving-kindness).  ~Tehillim 89:3

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. ~ Galatians 6:9

 

 

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