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Elie Wiesel – 28 Quotes

 

28 Quotes by Elie Wiesel

 

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

– Elie Wiesel


Look, if I were alone in the world, I would have the right to choose despair, solitude and self-fulfillment. But I am not alone.

– Elie Wiesel


I have not lost faith in God. I have moments of anger and protest. Sometimes I’ve been closer to him for that reason.

– Elie Wiesel


I marvel at the resilience of the Jewish people. Their best characteristic is their desire to remember. No other people has such an obsession with memory.

– Elie Wiesel


It all happened so fast. The ghetto. The deportation. The sealed cattle car. The fiery altar upon which the history of our people and the future of mankind were meant to be sacrificed.

– Elie Wiesel


Because of indifference, one dies before one actually dies.

– Elie Wiesel


I decided to devote my life to telling the story because I felt that having survived I owe something to the dead. and anyone who does not remember betrays them again.

– 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


No one may speak for the dead, no one may interpret their mutilated dreams and visions.

– Elie Wiesel


Not to transmit an experience is to betray it.

– Elie Wiesel


I was very, very religious. And of course I wrote about it in ‘Night.’ I questioned God’s silence. So I questioned. I don’t have an answer for that. Does it mean that I stopped having faith? No. I have faith, but I question it.

– Elie Wiesel


No human race is superior no religious faith is inferior. All collective judgments are wrong. Only racists make them.

– Elie Wiesel


Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing.

– Elie Wiesel


Without memory, there is no culture. Without memory, there would be no civilization, no society, no future.

– Elie Wiesel


After all, God is God because he remembers.

– Elie Wiesel


Hope is like peace. It is not a gift from God. It is a gift only we can give one another.

– Elie Wiesel


In Jewish history there are no coincidences.

– Elie Wiesel


Now, when I hear that Christians are getting together in order to defend the people of Israel, of course it brings joy to my heart. And it simply says, look, people have learned from history.

– Elie Wiesel


I do not recall a Jewish home without a book on the table.

– Elie Wiesel


Just as despair can come to one only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings.

– Elie Wiesel


Some stories are true that never happened.

– Elie Wiesel


What does mysticism really mean? It means the way to attain knowledge. It’s close to philosophy, except in philosophy you go horizontally while in mysticism you go vertically.

– Elie Wiesel


The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.

– Elie Wiesel


Mankind must remember that peace is not God’s gift to his creatures peace is our gift to each other.

– Elie Wiesel


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


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


Most people think that shadows follow, precede or surround beings or objects. The truth is that they also surround words, ideas, desires, deeds, impulses and memories.

– Elie Wiesel


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