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The Chosen by Chaim Potok
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Jun 15, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: american-experience, jewish, friendship, family, war, favorites, i-confess-i-cried

If I could choose a most favorite book of all time (which is a lame thing to have to do, but anyway!), it would be this one.

Reuven and Danny are my best friends.
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Chaim Potok
“Human beings do not live forever, Reuven. We live less than the time it takes to blink an eye, if we measure our lives against eternity. So it may be asked what value is there to a human life. There is so much pain in the world. What does it mean to have to suffer so much if our lives are nothing more than the blink of an eye?

I learned a long time ago, Reuven, that a blink of an eye in itself is nothing. But the eye that blinks, that is something. A span of life is nothing. But the man who lives that span, he is something. He can fill that tiny span with meaning, so its quality is immeasurable though its quantity may be insignificant. Do you understand what I am saying? A man must fill his life with meaning, meaning is not automatically given to life.

It is hard work to fill one's life with meaning. That I do not think you understand yet. A life filled with meaning is worthy of rest. I want to be worthy of rest when I am no longer here.”
Chaim Potok, The Chosen

Reading Progress

Finished Reading
June 15, 2009 – Shelved
June 15, 2009 – Shelved as: american-experience
June 15, 2009 – Shelved as: jewish
June 15, 2009 – Shelved as: friendship
June 15, 2009 – Shelved as: family
June 15, 2009 – Shelved as: war
June 15, 2009 – Shelved as: favorites
June 15, 2009 – Shelved as: i-confess-i-cried

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