Learn 3 Things from a Child and 7 from a Thief.

In Mish-Mash of Wisdoms on June 12, 2011 at 10:11 am

I was reading an interview with Bob Dylan (yeah, I know!!) last night and I came across this amazing quote from the interviewer (Jonathan Cott – Rolling Stone 1978). He got it from Rabbi Dov Baer, a Hassidic rabbi.

In the service of God, one can learn three things from a child and seven from a thief.

From a child you can learn:

  • always to be happy,
  • never to sit idle,
  • to cry for everything one wants.

From a thief you should learn:

  • to work at night
  • if one cannot gain what one wants in one night to try again the next night
  • to love one’s co-workers just as thieves love each other
  • to be willing to risk ones life even for a little thing
  • not to attach too much value to things even though one has risked one’s life for them – just as a thief will resell a stolen article for a fraction of its real value
  • to withstand all kinds of beatings and tortures but to remain what you are
  • to believe that your work is worthwhile and not be willing to change it.

I have no idea what it all means but it sure sounds profound.

Here is another, from the same source but, I think, from a different rabbi:

You can learn something from everything. Even from a train, a telephone, and a telegram.

From a train            – learn that in one second one can miss everything.

From a telephone   – learn that what you say over here can be heard over there.

From a telegram    – learn that all words are counted and charged.

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