Martin Buber

Martin Buber
Martin Buber
  • Born: February 8, 1878
  • Died: June 13, 1965
  • Nationality: German
  • Profession: Philosopher









Martin Buber was an Austrian-born Israeli Jewish philosopher best known for his philosophy of dialogue, a form of existentialism centered on the distinction between the I–Thou relationship and the I–It relationship. Born in Vienna, Buber came from a family of observant Jews, but broke with Jewish custom to pursue secular studies in philosophy. In 1902, he became the editor of the weekly Die Welt, the central organ of the Zionist movement, although he later withdrew from organizational work in Zionism. In 1923, Buber wrote his famous essay on existence, Ich und Du (later translated into English as I and Thou), and in 1925, he began translating the Hebrew Bible into the German language.

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Egos appear by setting themselves apart from other egos. Human Nature
Power abdicates only under stress of counter-power. Power
There can be no fundamental distinction between what is morally right and what is politically right. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
A person cannot approach the divine by reaching beyond the human. To become human, is what this individual person, has been created for.
All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware. Travel
An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language. Power
For sin is just this, what man cannot by its very nature do with his whole being; it is possible to silence the conflict in the soul, but it is not possible to uproot it. Nature
God wants man to fulfill his commands as a human being and with the quality peculiar to human beings. Religion & God
I do, indeed, close my door at times and surrender myself to a book, but only because I can open the door again and see a human face looking at me.
Play is the exultation of the possible.
Solitude is the place of purification.
The law is not thrust upon man; it rests deep within him, to waken when the call comes.
The world is not comprehensible, but it is embraceable: through the embracing of one of its beings. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
There are three principles in a man's being and life, the principle of thought, the principle of speech, and the principle of action. The origin of all conflict between me and my fellow-men is that I do not say what I mean and I don't do what I say. Life
Through the Thou a person becomes I.
To be old can be glorious if one has not unlearned how to begin.