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Rachel

  • A straight line is the shortest in morals as in geometry.

    • Rachel,
    • in Joseph L. Baron, ed., A Treasury of Jewish Quotations ()
  • From the foot of the pyramids I contemplate twenty centuries, buried in the sand. ... I came here to hold on to fleeting life, and I see all about me only death. ... I write this, not quite knowing what I'm saying, but I dry the ink with the dust of Egyptian queens.

    • Rachel,
    • letter to Arsène Houssaye (1856), in Joseph L. Baron, ed., A Treasury of Jewish Quotations ()
  • We all must pay with the current coin of life / For the honey that we taste.

    • Rachel,
    • "Jonathan," in Nathan and Marynn Ausubel, eds., A Treasury of Jewish Poetry ()
  • ... all that she had had, and all that she had missed, were lost together, and were twice lost in this landslide of remembered losses. This is a bond nothing can ever loosen. What I have lost: what I possess forever.

    • Rachel,
    • "My Dead," in Robert Mezey, ed., Poems From the Hebrew ()
  • I used to consider myself as great as a pyramid, and now I realize that I am only a shadow that passes.

    • Rachel

Rachel, Russian poet, lyricist

(1890 - 1931)

Full name: Rachel Bluwstein (also seen: Blumstein, Blaustein).