According to Heschel: “The prophet is a lonely man. His standards are too high, his stature too great, and his concern too intense for other men to share. Living on the highest peak, he has no company except God.”
“The two staggering facts in the life of a prophet are: God's turning to him, and man's turning away from him. This is often his lot: to be chosen by God and to be rejected by the people. The word of God, so clear to him, is un-intelligible to them.”
Heschel's description of the prophets’ lives confirms the loneliness and misery of the classic organizer's role. For the most part they felt “cursed” by their fates. Heschel's characterization emphasizes bitterness born of scorn and reproach, alienation from all, “the wicked as well as the pious,” leading to lifelong loneliness.