Pirkei Avot Quotes – Timeless Wisdom for Modern Life

The world stands on three things: on Torah, on service, and on acts of kindness.

If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am only for myself, what am I?

Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.

Every day, a voice from heaven declares, ‘Return, O wayward children!’

It is not what one says, but rather what one does, that makes all the difference.

Increase peace in the world, and if not now, when?

Turn it and turn it again, for everything is in it.

Who is wise? One who learns from every person.

An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.

Do not judge your fellow until you are in his place.

Say little and do much.

If you have learned much Torah, do not take credit for yourself.

In a place where there are no people, strive to be a person.

What is mine is yours, and what is yours is yours.

If I am not for others, what am I?

Beloved is man, for he was created in the image. It is indicative of even greater love that it was made known to him that he was created in the image.

Let your home be a meeting place for the wise; dust yourself in the soil of their feet, and drink in their words with thirst.

Don’t say ‘When I have free time I will learn,’ for perhaps you will never have free time.

The day is short, the to-do list is long.

Meet every person with a cheerful face.

Do not separate yourself from the community.

The reward for a mitzvah is a mitzvah.

Do not look at the jug, but rather at what is inside it.

Who is rich? One who is happy with their lot.

Do not seek greatness for yourself, and do not desire honor.

Do not mourn the past, for it is gone. Do not worry about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present and make it beautiful.

Know where you came from, where you are going, and why you are here.

Be a blessing to others, and you will be blessed.

Love your neighbor as yourself.

In a place where there are no men, strive to be a man.

Everything is according to the amount of effort.

Make peace with your friend while you are in a state of anger.

Do not rejoice in the suffering of your enemy, for it diminishes your own humanity.

If you have learned much Torah, do not keep it to yourself.

Seek the middle path, for extremes lead to destruction.

Better one hour of repentance and good deeds in this world than all of the world to come.

Who is strong? One who overcomes their own inclinations.

Do not promise what you cannot fulfill, and do not say something that contradicts your actions.

Do not engage in idle gossip, for it damages both the listener and the speaker.

The world exists on the breath of schoolchildren, for without their study of Torah, the world would collapse.

Do not judge another person until you have stood in their shoes, for only then can you truly understand their struggles and challenges.

Do not let the things of this world distract you from your spiritual path, for the material is transient, while the soul is eternal.

When you see someone who is struggling, offer them a helping hand, for we are all in this journey of life together.

Do not let your achievements go to your head, for pride leads to downfall. Stay humble and grateful for the blessings in your life.

Remember that every moment is an opportunity for growth and change. Embrace the present and strive to be the best version of yourself.

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