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Theodore Bikel quotes

I created the role of Captain Von Trapp.

No doubt unity is something to be desired, to be striven for, but it cannot be willed into being by mere declarations.

Epistemology is the study of knowledge. By what conduit do we know what we know?

You learn more from the flops than you do from the hits.

All too often arrogance accompanies strength, and we must never assume that justice is on the side of the strong. The use of power must always be accompanied by moral choice.

We live in a world of guns, bombs and terror. To conquer hate seems a nigh-impossible task.

Must we be put to shame by much smaller and poorer countries, by Ireland, France, Austria or Sweden, who have understood that a nation's support of its arts is a matter of both national pride and cultural survival?

I prefer to make common cause with those whose weapons are guitars, banjos, fiddles and words.

Although I am deeply grateful to a great many people, I forgo the temptation of naming them for fear that I might slight any by omission.

I am determined to give the Yiddish language a fighting chance to survive.

No heirloom of humankind captures the past as do art and language.

You can't expect the entire world to come to New York to see you. You have to travel to them.

After the advent of the written word, the masses who could not - or were not permitted to - read, were given sermons by the few who could.

As an artist I have an even more abiding interest in the compact between the Arts and Government.

Audiences are audiences.

But, when I toil in the field of Jewish culture which I frequently do, I am indeed a Jewish artist.

Every actor wants to direct.

For I firmly believe that Jewish life, indeed any communal life, can only be organized according to democratic principles.

Having come to live in this age is as though one were to have entered another country. Learn its language or risk being left out.

I always sang, I always acted, I always played.