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By showing hunger, deprivation, starvation and brutality, as well as endurance and nobility, documentaries inform, prod our memories, even stir us to action. Such films do battle for our very soul.
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No heirloom of humankind captures the past as do art and language.
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You don't really need modernity in order to exist totally and fully. You need a mixture of modernity and tradition.
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No movement can afford to be caught in a time warp and exist in a state of suspended animation.
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'Retiring' - within that word is 'tiring,' and I'm not tired. I don't believe in retirement, really.
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All too often arrogance accompanies strength, and we must never assume that justice is on the side of the strong. The use of power must always be accompanied by moral choice.
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No doubt unity is something to be desired, to be striven for, but it cannot be willed into being by mere declarations.
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No doubt, unity is something to be desired, to be striven for, but it cannot be willed by mere declarations.
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Epistemology is the study of knowledge. By what conduit do we know what we know?
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I am a Zionist, an ardent supporter of Israel, its defender when I deem Israel to be right and its critic when I deem it to be wrong.
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After the advent of the written word, the masses who could not - or were not permitted to - read, were given sermons by the few who could.
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I am filled with awe that filmmakers have the capacity to stir us and give us back a sense of wonder.
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In my world, history comes down to language and art. No one cares much about what battles were fought, who won them and who lost them - unless there is a painting, a play, a song or a poem that speaks of the event.
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What moves me is neither ethnocentric pride nor sectarian arrogance. I make no claim that Jewish culture is superior to other cultures. But it is mine.
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Must we be put to shame by much smaller and poorer countries, by Ireland, France, Austria or Sweden, who have understood that a nation's support of its arts is a matter of both national pride and cultural survival?
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Although I am deeply grateful to a great many people, I forgo the temptation of naming them for fear that I might slight any by omission.
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I have always striven to raise the voice of hope for a world where hate gives way to respect and oppression to liberation.
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For I firmly believe that Jewish life, indeed any communal life, can only be organized according to democratic principles.
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I prefer to choose which traditions to keep and which to let go.
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I am a universalist, passionately devoted to the cause of equality within the human family.
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I know for certain of only one commandment, one obligation, that God imposes upon us, and that is to be compassionate toward other human beings.
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If I have one vanity wish, it would be to direct. It's the only thing I haven't done yet that I would like to.
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It's a sad thing to contemplate, but I'm the last surviving cast member of 'The African Queen.'
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We Jews have a special attachment to the Book. The study of page after page in tomes yellowing with age was obligatory.
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When something is moving you get that intake of breath and that stillness from the audience.
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