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Elie Wiesel
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The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference. Elie Wiesel

Holy War is a contradiction of terms... Elie Wiesel

In order to fly, you have to give up the ground you are standing on. Elie Wiesel

Every moment contains a spark of eternity. Elie Wiesel

For the good of all, I say: Be careful, the brutality of the world must not be more powerful or attractive than love and friendship. Elie Wiesel

You shouldn't act as a spokesperson for someone who's trying to impose his will on you. Elie Wiesel

The more you ask certain questions, the more dangerous they become. Elie Wiesel

They are committing the greatest indignity human beings can inflict on one another: telling people who have suffered excruciating pain and loss that their pain and loss were illusions. (v) Elie Wiesel

In the word question, there is a beautiful word - quest. I love that word. We are all partners in a quest. The essential questions have no answers. You are my question, and I am yours - and then there is dialogue. The moment we have answers, there is no dialogue. Questions unite people. Elie Wiesel

I rarely speak about God. To God, yes. I protest against Him. I shout at Him. But to open a discourse about the qualities of God, about the problems that God imposes, theodicy, no. And yet He is there, in silence, in filigree. Elie Wiesel

Just as man cannot live without dreams, he cannot live without hope. If dreams reflect the past, hope summons the future. Elie Wiesel

Some events do take place but are not true; others are, although they never occurred. Elie Wiesel

Bread, soup - these were my whole life. I was a body. Perhaps less than that even: a starved stomach. The stomach alone was aware of the passage of time. Elie Wiesel

I believe in God-in spite of God! I believe in Mankind-in spite of Mankind! I believe in the Future-in spite of the Past! Elie Wiesel

Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Elie Wiesel

Never shall I forget the little faces of the children, whose bodies turned into wreaths of smoke beneath a silent blue sky. Elie Wiesel

There are no accidents, only encounters with destiny! Elie Wiesel

Stretched out on a plank of wood amid a multitude of blood-covered corpses, fear frozen in his eyes, a mask of suffering on the bearded, stricken mask that was his face, my father gave back his soul at Buchenwald. Elie Wiesel

I shall always remember that smile. From what world did it come from? Elie Wiesel

Ultimately, the only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself. Elie Wiesel

Mankind must remember that peace is not God's gift to his creatures; peace is our gift to each other. Elie Wiesel

Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must - at that moment - become the center of the universe. Elie Wiesel

Religion is not man's relationship to God, it is man's relationship to man. Elie Wiesel

After all, God is God because he remembers. Elie Wiesel

If I were immersed in constant melancholy, I would not be who I am. Elie Wiesel

I believe in superstitions. You don't talk about a child who hasn't been born. Elie Wiesel

Man, as long as he lives, is immortal. One minute before his death he shall be immortal. But one minute later, God wins. Elie Wiesel

Moses was the greatest legislator and the commander in chief of perhaps the first liberation army. Elie Wiesel

The most important question a human being has to face... What is it? The question, Why are we here? Elie Wiesel

Even in darkness it is possible to create light. Elie Wiesel

For one who is indifferent, life itself is a prison. Any sense of community is external or, even worse, nonexistent. Thus, indifference means solitude. Those who are indifferent do not see others. They feel nothing for others and are unconcerned with what might happen to them. They are surrounded by a great emptiness. Filled by it, in fact. They are devoid of all hope as well as imagination. In other words, devoid of any future. Elie Wiesel

you can do something. You can, even for one person Don't turn away; help. Because those who suffer, often suffer not because of the person or the group that inflicts the suffering; they seem to suffer because nobody cares. Elie Wiesel

Did I write it so as not to go mad or, on the contrary, to go mad in order to understand the nature of madness? Elie Wiesel

All those who love thrillers will find in Michael Alexiades's first novel a source of great pleasure and satisfaction. It combines suspense and knowledge, experience and imagination. His grateful readers will now wait for the next. Elie Wiesel

Fanaticism in many lands has surfaced as the greatest threat to the world. Indifference to its consequences would be a serious mistake. Elie Wiesel

I don't believe in accidents. There are only encounters in history. There are no accidents. Elie Wiesel

A man can laugh while he suffers. Elie Wiesel

This day I ceased to plead. I was no longer capable of lamentation. On the contrary, I felt very strong. I was the accuser, God the accused. Elie Wiesel

The stars were only sparks of the fire which devoured us. Should that fire die out one day, there would be nothing left in the sky but dead stars, dead eyes. Elie Wiesel

Not all games are innocent. Some come dangerously close to cruelty. Elie Wiesel

How can one explain the attraction terror holds for some minds - and why for intellectuals? . . .In a totalitarian and terrorist regime, man is no longer a unique being with infinite possibilities and limitless choices but a number, a puppet, with just this difference - numbers and puppets are not susceptible to fear. Elie Wiesel

Only fanatics - in religion as well as in politics - can find a meaning in someone else's death. Elie Wiesel

I have learned two lessons in my life: first, there are no sufficient literary, psychological, or historical answers to human tragedy, only moral ones. Second, just as despair can come to one another only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings. Elie Wiesel

Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to life as long as God himself Elie Wiesel

The philosophers are wrong: it is not words that kill, it is silence. Elie Wiesel

Granted that every war is madness-civil war, fratricide, is the worst of all; it reaches deeper into ugliness, cruelty and absurdity. Elie Wiesel

Man walks the moon but his soul remains riveted to earth. Once upon a time it was the opposite. Elie Wiesel

There is much to be done, there is much that can be done... one person of integrity can make a difference... Elie Wiesel

Human beings all change. Not what they are but who they are. We have the power to change what we do with our life and turn it into our destiny. Elie Wiesel

Hunger is isolating; it may not and cannot be experienced vicariously. He who never felt hunger can never know its real effects, both tangible and intangible. Hunger defies imagination; it even defies memory. Hunger is felt only in the present. Elie Wiesel

When our center is strong, everything else is secondary. Elie Wiesel

... True, we are often too weak to stop injustices; but the least we can do is to protest against them. True, we are too poor to eliminate hunger; but in feeding one child, we protest against hunger. True, we are too timid and powerless to take on all the guards of all the political prisons in the world; but in offering our solidarity to one prisoner we denounce all the tormentors. True, we are powerless against death; but as long as we help one man, one woman, one child live one hour longer in safety and dignity, we affirm man's [woman's] right to live. Elie Wiesel

And to write is to sow and to reap at the same time. Elie Wiesel

If anything can, it is memory that will save humanity. For me, hope without memory is like memory without hope. Elie Wiesel

Human suffering anywhere concerns men and women everywhere. Elie Wiesel

You're shaking ... so am I. It's because of Jerusalem, isn't it? One doesn't go to Jerusalem, one returns to it. That's one of its mysteries. Elie Wiesel

I pray to the God within me that He will give me the strength to ask Him the right questions. Elie Wiesel

I feel that books, just like people, have a destiny. Some invite sorrow, others joy, some both. Elie Wiesel

Therefore, all my adult life, since I began my life as an author, or as a teacher, I always try to listen to the victim. Elie Wiesel

There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest. Elie Wiesel

I've given my life to the principle and the ideal of memory, and remembrance. Elie Wiesel

Religion is a very personal thing for me. Religion has its good moments and its poor moments. Elie Wiesel

Human beings should be held accountable. Leave God alone. He has enough problems. Elie Wiesel

We have to go into the despair and go beyond it, by working and doing for somebody else, by using it for something else. Elie Wiesel

In my tradition, one must wait until one has learned a lot of Bible and Talmud and the Prophets to handle mysticism. This isn't instant coffee. There is no instant mysticism. Elie Wiesel

I never teach the same course twice. Elie Wiesel

A holy war is a contradiction in terms. War dehumanizes, war diminishes, war debases all those who wage it. Elie Wiesel

Philosophy is a slow process of logic and logical discourse: A bringing B bringing C and so forth. In mysticism you can jump from A to Z. But the ultimate objective is the same. It's knowledge. It's truth. Elie Wiesel

Mankind needs peace more than ever, for our entire planet, threatened by nuclear war, is in danger of total destruction. A destruction only man can provoke, only man can prevent. Elie Wiesel

This is the duty of our generation as we enter the twenty-first century - solidarity with the weak, the persecuted, the lonely, the sick, and those in despair. It is expressed by the desire to give a noble and humanizing meaning to a community in which all members will define themselves not by their own identity but by that of others. Elie Wiesel

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