Does anyone know who said the following quote: “what is forbidden is forbidden, and what is permissible is not necessarily to be done.”

I think it may be from a modern rabbi but I don’t recall who said it

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It's attributed to the Alter Rebbe in Hayom Yom, 25 Adar II:

The chassid, R. Mordechai Horodoker, related: The first aphorism we heard from the Alter Rebbe when we arrived in Lyozna was: What is forbidden is forbidden, and what is permitted is unnecessary. For some three or four years we labored with this until we integrated this manner (of service) into the various aspects of our lives. Only then did we enter into yechidus, to ask for a path in avoda.

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    The Yiddish is even better
    – Moishe
    Mar 31 at 7:09
  • @Moishe What isn't?
    – Barmar
    Mar 31 at 20:42

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