Quote of the Day 7/2/08

To touch a person's heart, you must see a person's face. One cannot reach the soul through a telephone.

Aryeh Lev in Chaim Potok's My Name is Asher Lev

11 comments:

Harold said...

Over the last few days I have been involved in conducting interviews for a new position here at school. The last one was a phone interview. When it was done, I went back to my office and opened this quote. Amen.

J.J. said...

...or email, or Facebook, or MySpace.

JPB said...

But once you have touched the heart, I think there is a way to look someone in the eye in print.

Mainely Me said...

First, what's the painting?
And, I need to read the book again. It has stayed with me and I don't know why.

JPB said...

The painting is Chagall's CRUCIFIXION (Chagall was a Jewish artist).

Janine the Bean said...
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Janine the Bean said...

I agree brother. Relationships that are established and built by "touching a person's heart" can be maintained by the telephone (or e-mail or letters) and then when you DO see the person face to face, there's a way in which it feels like you've never left. It's a sweet feeling to have friends like this; friends that you can naturally pick up a conversation with and that the miles cannot separate.

I feel this way with you, Jen. :) Though our e-mails haven't been as frequent lately, I still do love our "chats" via print.

"looking someone in the eye in print"...I like it.

J.J. said...

But...can't you also "look someone in the eye" over the telephone "once you have touched the heart?"

Does the medium of print have an advantage over a telephone conversation once said heart touching has been established?

JPB said...

I think you're right. You can also "look someone in the eye" over the phone once you have touched their heart.

Wow, I wonder what implications of this are for the nature of trust, our understanding of character, etc .... seems I read something like this the other day ... maybe it will show up as a post.

Jen said...

It's just hard to "touch someone's heart" over the phone when the kids are screaming! That's why I prefer this medium.

Janine the Bean said...

I did mention maintaining relationships over the phone JJ. ;)

However, I totally agree with Jen. At THIS point in life, talking on the phone just doesn't work so well.