Shabbat Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old shabbat quotes, shabbat sayings, and shabbat proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

On Shabbat something happens to the world - the world becomes infinite again. Shlomo Carlebach
Shabbat is a day of rest, of mental scrutiny and of balance. Without it the workdays are insipid. Hayim Nahman Bialik
Make the Sabbath a delight by rendering service to others. Russell M. Nelson
In observing the Sabbath, one is both giving a gift to God and imitating Him. Lauren F. Winner
The gift of the Sabbath must be treasured. Blessed are you who honour this day. Lailah Gifty Akita
On the Sabbath- we are reminded that we are not human doings, but human beings. Rob Bell
Sabbath is not simply the pause that refreshes. It is the pause that transforms. Walter Brueggemann
Without a Sabbath, no worship; without worship, no religion; and without religion, no permanent freedom. Charles Forbes Rene de Montalembert
The Sabbath is the link between the paradise which has passed away and the paradise which is yet to come. Andrew Wylie
Sabbath is that uncluttered time and space in which we can distance ourselves from our own activities enough to see what God is doing. Eugene H. Peterson
The Sabbath is not for the sake of the weekdays; the weekdays are for the sake of Sabbath. It is not an interlude but the climax of living. Abraham Joshua Heschel
If you keep the Sabbath, you start to see creation not as somewhere to get away from your ordinary life, but a place to frame an attentiveness to your life. Eugene H. Peterson
Sabbath observance invites us to stop. It invites us to rest. It asks us to notice that while we rest, the world continues without our help. It invites us to delight in the world's beauty and abundance. Wendell Berry
The sabbath is God's special present to the working man, and one of its chief objects is to prolong his life, and preserve efficient his working tone. The savings bank of human existence is the weekly sabbath. William Blaikie
The Sabbath is not a day to feast our bodies, but to feed our souls. Marie Josephine
Anybody can observe the Sabbath, but making it holy surely takes the rest of the week. Alice Walker
Sabbath is the celebration of life beyond and outside productivity. Walter Brueggemann
Sabbath's golden rule: Cease from what is necessary. Embrace that which gives life. Mark Buchanan
Keeping the Sabbath day holy is much more than just physical rest. It involves spiritual renewal and worship. James E. Faust
The [Jewish] Sabbath was not intended to be simply a desert of prohibitions, but rather an oasis for moral restoration and seemly pleasure-one was to eat, drink, even be merry. Israel Shenker
We make the Sabbath a delight when we teach the gospel to our children. Russell M. Nelson
The Sabbath provides a wonderful opportunity to strengthen family ties. Russell M. Nelson
The Sabbath is not simply a time to rest, to recuperate. We should look at our work from the outside, not just from within. Ludwig Wittgenstein
Sabbath rest is more than mere abstention from physical work; and, therefore, must include worship and Scripture-reading. Joseph H. Hertz