Sayings of the Mussar Masters
Maharal of Prague [Rabbi Judah Loeb, d.1609] created a golem,
and this was a great wonder. But how much more wonderful is it
to transform a corporeal human being into a mensch!"
"Spiritual life is superior to physical life. But the physical
life of another is an obligation of my spiritual life."
"A pious Jew is not one who worries about his fellow man's soul and his own stomach; a pious Jew worries about his own soul and his fellow man's stomach."
– Rabbi Israel Salanter
"Both the hasidim and the mitnaggedim are in error - the former
because they think they have a rebbe, and the latter because they
think they do not need one."
"Take time, be exact, unclutter the mind."
"Man wants to achieve greatness overnight, and he wants to
sleep well that night too."
"The worst thing that can happen to a person is to remain
asleep and untamed."
Rav Itzele (Peterburger) Blazer, a disciple of Rabbi Israel Salanter, says that there are two books in heaven, one of sins where you gave a sigh when you sinned and one when you didn't, and the difference in punishment between them is greater than the distance between heaven and earth.