Thursday, July 14, 2005

Singer on Hand-Wringers

Today, Bastille Day, is the birthday of Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-1991), the Polish writer  who captured the doomsayers and the hand-wringers quite capably when he said
If you keep on saying things are going to be bad, you have a good chance of being a prophet
For those who castigate religious believers as unthinking zombies, he added that
Doubt is part of all religion. All the religious thinkers were doubters.
Finally, for those who carp on about "ça ne sert à rien", he wrote
For those who are willing to make an effort, great miracles and wonderful treasures are in store.

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