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Elie Wiesel (, born Eliezer Wiesel Hebrew: אֱלִיעֶזֶר וִיזֶל‎ ʾÉlīʿezer Vīzel; September 30, 1928 – July 2, 2016) was a Romanian-born American writer, professor, political activist, Nobel laureate, and Holocaust survivor. He authored 57 books, written mostly in French and English, including Night, a work based on his experiences as a Jewish prisoner in the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps.

He was a professor of the humanities at Boston University, which created the Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies in his honor. He was involved with Jewish causes and human rights causes and helped establish the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D. C. In his political activities, he also campaigned for victims of oppression in places like South Africa, Nicaragua, Kosovo, and Sudan. He publicly condemned the 1915 Armenian Genocide and remained a strong defender of human rights during his lifetime. He was described as "the most important Jew in America" by the Los Angeles Times in 2003.

Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. The Norwegian Nobel Committee called him a "messenger to mankind", stating that through his struggle to come to terms with "his own personal experience of total humiliation and of the utter contempt for humanity shown in Hitler's death camps", as well as his "practical work in the cause of peace", Wiesel has delivered a message "of peace, atonement, and human dignity" to humanity. The Nobel Committee also stressed that Wiesel's commitment originated in the sufferings of the Jewish people but that he expanded it to embrace all repressed peoples and races. He was a founding board member of the New York Human Rights Foundation and remained active in it throughout his life.

Quote: Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of unknown persons standing outdoors
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Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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


Quote: No one is as capable of gratitude as one who has emerged from the kingdom of night. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of silhouette of person jumping in mid air
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No one is as capable of gratitude as one who has emerged from the kingdom of night.


Quote: Peace is our gift to each other. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of Arizona landscape
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Peace is our gift to each other.


Quote: Hope is like peace. It is not a gift from God. It is a gift only we can give one another. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of short-fur brown cat
Photo Credit: Jonathan Cooper

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


Quote: Just as despair can come to one only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of blue sky with stars during night time
Photo Credit: George Foster

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


Quote: For me, every hour is grace. And I feel gratitude in my heart each time I can meet someone and look at his or her smile. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of heart-shaped red and beige pendant
Photo Credit: Debby Hudson

For me, every hour is grace. And I feel gratitude in my heart each time I can meet someone and look at his or her smile.


Quote: There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of blue sky with stars during night time
Photo Credit: George Foster

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


Quote: Religion is not man's relationship to God, it is man's relationship to man. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

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


Quote: Terrorism must be outlawed by all civilized nations, not explained or rationalized, but fought and eradicated. Nothing can, nothing will justify the murder of innocent people and helpless children. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

Terrorism must be outlawed by all civilized nations, not explained or rationalized, but fought and eradicated. Nothing can, nothing will justify the murder of innocent people and helpless children.


Quote: The only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

The only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself.


Quote: Indifference is the sign of sickness, a sickness of the soul more contagious than any other. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

Indifference is the sign of sickness, a sickness of the soul more contagious than any other.


Quote: An indifference to suffering makes humans inhuman. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

An indifference to suffering makes humans inhuman.


Quote: One doesn't go to Jerusalem, one returns to it. That's one of its mysteries. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

One doesn't go to Jerusalem, one returns to it. That's one of its mysteries.


Quote: For me democracy is the only way of life. The opposite is dictatorship or anarchy. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

For me democracy is the only way of life. The opposite is dictatorship or anarchy.


Quote: Occasionally, I come to moments of anguish in the text. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

Occasionally, I come to moments of anguish in the text.


Quote: Humanity? Humanity is not concerned with us. Today anything is allowed. Anything is possible. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

Humanity? Humanity is not concerned with us. Today anything is allowed. Anything is possible.


Quote: I come from a very religious background.And actually I remained in it. All my anger I describe in my quarrels with God in Auschwitz, but you know I used to pray every day. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

I come from a very religious background.And actually I remained in it. All my anger I describe in my quarrels with God in Auschwitz, but you know I used to pray every day.


Quote: Perhaps some day someone will explain how, on the level of man, Auschwitz was possible; but on the level of God, it will forever remain the most disturbing of mysteries. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

Perhaps some day someone will explain how, on the level of man, Auschwitz was possible; but on the level of God, it will forever remain the most disturbing of mysteries.


Quote: I remember those faces of people who were good I saw that. I saw a father who gave his bread to his son and his son gave back the bread to his father. That, to me, was such a defeat of the enemies, will of the enemies, theories of the enemies, aspirations, here in Auschwitz. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of Elie Wiesel quote; white text on black background

I remember those faces of people who were good I saw that. I saw a father who gave his bread to his son and his son gave back the bread to his father. That, to me, was such a defeat of the enemies, will of the enemies, theories of the enemies, aspirations, here in Auschwitz.


Quote: Man prefers to blame himself for all possible sins and crimes rather than come to the conclusion that God is capable of the most flagrant injustice. I still blush every time I think of the way God makes fun of human beings, his favorite toys. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

Man prefers to blame himself for all possible sins and crimes rather than come to the conclusion that God is capable of the most flagrant injustice. I still blush every time I think of the way God makes fun of human beings, his favorite toys.


Quote: We must choose between the violence of adults and the smiles of children, between the ugliness of hate and the will to oppose it. Between inflicting suffering and humiliation on our fellow man and offering him the solidarity and hope he deserves. Or not. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

We must choose between the violence of adults and the smiles of children, between the ugliness of hate and the will to oppose it. Between inflicting suffering and humiliation on our fellow man and offering him the solidarity and hope he deserves. Or not.


Quote: The only place where I felt at home, on familiar ground, was the Jewish cemetery. And yet I had never set foot in it before. Children had been forbidden to enter. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

The only place where I felt at home, on familiar ground, was the Jewish cemetery. And yet I had never set foot in it before. Children had been forbidden to enter.




Quote: Man asks and God replies but we don't understand his replies because they dwell in the depths of our souls and remain there until we die. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

Man asks and God replies but we don't understand his replies because they dwell in the depths of our souls and remain there until we die.


Quote: Some events do take place but are not true; others are, although they never occurred. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

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


Quote: Even in darkness it is possible to create light and encourage compassion. That it is possible to feel free inside a prison. That even in exile, friendship exists and can become an anchor. That one instant before dying, man is still immortal. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

Even in darkness it is possible to create light and encourage compassion. That it is possible to feel free inside a prison. That even in exile, friendship exists and can become an anchor. That one instant before dying, man is still immortal.


Quote: Life is not a fist. Life is an open hand waiting for some other hand to enter it. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

Life is not a fist. Life is an open hand waiting for some other hand to enter it.




Quote: I didn't know that this was the moment in time and the place where I was leaving my mother and Tzipora forever. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

I didn't know that this was the moment in time and the place where I was leaving my mother and Tzipora forever.


Quote: The sincere Christian knows that what died in Auschwitz was not the Jewish people but Christianity. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

The sincere Christian knows that what died in Auschwitz was not the Jewish people but Christianity.


Quote: I was there when God was put on trial... At the end of the trial, they used the word 'chayav,' rather than 'guilty.' It means 'He owes us something.' Then we went to pray. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

I was there when God was put on trial... At the end of the trial, they used the word 'chayav,' rather than 'guilty.' It means 'He owes us something.' Then we went to pray.


Quote: Oh, it is not death that frightens me, but the impossibility of imparting some meaning to my past. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

Oh, it is not death that frightens me, but the impossibility of imparting some meaning to my past.




Quote: How can a human being be illegal? by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

How can a human being be illegal?


Quote: What is the difference between Jew and Christians? We all await the Messiah. You believe He has already come and gone, while we do not. I therefore propose that we await Him together. And when He appears, we can ask Him: were You here before? by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

What is the difference between Jew and Christians? We all await the Messiah. You believe He has already come and gone, while we do not. I therefore propose that we await Him together. And when He appears, we can ask Him: were You here before?


Quote: Bite your lips, little brother...Don't cry. Keep your anger, your hate, for another day, for later. The day will come but not now...Wait. Clench your teeth and wait. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

Bite your lips, little brother...Don't cry. Keep your anger, your hate, for another day, for later. The day will come but not now...Wait. Clench your teeth and wait.


Quote: For the purpose of my life, I don't ask the question. First of all, I believe. I think the Five Books of Moses are inspired. Call it divine. I don't know. But I would certainly call it inspired. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

For the purpose of my life, I don't ask the question. First of all, I believe. I think the Five Books of Moses are inspired. Call it divine. I don't know. But I would certainly call it inspired.


Quote: 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. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

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.


Quote: Though we talk peace, we wage war. Sometimes we even wage war in the name of peace. Does that seem paradoxical? Well, war is not afraid of paradoxes. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

Though we talk peace, we wage war. Sometimes we even wage war in the name of peace. Does that seem paradoxical? Well, war is not afraid of paradoxes.


Quote: What I don't like today is, to put it coarsely, the phony Hasidism, the phony mysticism. Many students say, Teach me mysticism. It's a joke. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

What I don't like today is, to put it coarsely, the phony Hasidism, the phony mysticism. Many students say, Teach me mysticism. It's a joke.


Quote: In spite of despair, hope must exist. In spite of suffering, humanity must prevail. And in spite of all the differences in the world, the worst enemy, the worst peril, is indifference. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

In spite of despair, hope must exist. In spite of suffering, humanity must prevail. And in spite of all the differences in the world, the worst enemy, the worst peril, is indifference.


Quote: I've worked with five Presidents in America, all of them I ask the same question always: Why didn't the American allies bomb the railways going to Auschwitz? by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

I've worked with five Presidents in America, all of them I ask the same question always: Why didn't the American allies bomb the railways going to Auschwitz?


Quote: I think those governments who resent religion, they're afraid of religion because religion may be in their eyes, in their views be seen as a counter government or a parallel government. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

I think those governments who resent religion, they're afraid of religion because religion may be in their eyes, in their views be seen as a counter government or a parallel government.


Quote: I did not weep, and it pained me that i could not weep. But I had no more tears. And, in the depths of my being, in the recesses of my weakened conscience, could I have searched it, I might perhaps have found something like -- free at last! by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

I did not weep, and it pained me that i could not weep. But I had no more tears. And, in the depths of my being, in the recesses of my weakened conscience, could I have searched it, I might perhaps have found something like -- free at last!


Quote: I don't think governments use religious repression as a weapon, they use it as a as a means of -- of oppression. To stifle opposition. To mute resistance. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

I don't think governments use religious repression as a weapon, they use it as a as a means of -- of oppression. To stifle opposition. To mute resistance.


Quote: One always goes back to one's childhood in the beginning, and I come from a very religious family and surrounding. Very religious. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

One always goes back to one's childhood in the beginning, and I come from a very religious family and surrounding. Very religious.


Quote: Nobody is stronger, nobody is weaker than someone who came back. There is nothing you can do to such a person because whatever you could do is less than what has already been done to him. We have already paid the price. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

Nobody is stronger, nobody is weaker than someone who came back. There is nothing you can do to such a person because whatever you could do is less than what has already been done to him. We have already paid the price.


Quote: Even if I wrote on nothing else, it would never be enough, even if all the survivors did nothing but write about their experiences, it would still not be enough.
*Response when asked how much longer is he going to write about the Holocaust. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

Even if I wrote on nothing else, it would never be enough, even if all the survivors did nothing but write about their experiences, it would still not be enough.
*Response when asked how much longer is he going to write about the Holocaust.


Quote: What is man? Ally of God or simply his toy? His triumph or his fall? by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

What is man? Ally of God or simply his toy? His triumph or his fall?


Quote: Had the situation not been so tragic, we might have laughed. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

Had the situation not been so tragic, we might have laughed.


Quote: What is being lost is the magic of the word. I am not an image person. Imagery belongs to another civilization: the caveman. Caveman couldn't express himself so he put images on walls. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

What is being lost is the magic of the word. I am not an image person. Imagery belongs to another civilization: the caveman. Caveman couldn't express himself so he put images on walls.


Quote: Humanity would never tolerate it. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

Humanity would never tolerate it.


Quote: It is true that not all the victims were Jews, but all the Jews were victims. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

It is true that not all the victims were Jews, but all the Jews were victims.


Quote: Every Jew, somewhere in his being, should set apart a zone of hate -- healthy virile hate -- for what the German personifies and for what persists in the German. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

Every Jew, somewhere in his being, should set apart a zone of hate -- healthy virile hate -- for what the German personifies and for what persists in the German.


Quote: We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.


Quote: We've sort of agreed that the account of Adam and Eve is a story. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

We've sort of agreed that the account of Adam and Eve is a story.


Quote: We must not see any person as an abstraction. Instead, we must see in every person a universe with its own secrets, with its own treasures, with its own sources of anguish, and with some measure of triumph. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

We must not see any person as an abstraction. Instead, we must see in every person a universe with its own secrets, with its own treasures, with its own sources of anguish, and with some measure of triumph.


Quote: Whenever an angel says Be not afraid! you'd better start worrying. A big assignment is on the way. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

Whenever an angel says Be not afraid! you'd better start worrying. A big assignment is on the way.


Quote: I remember when I heard the words Biblical criticism in my town, it was with disdain: Biblical criticism? How dare you? by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

I remember when I heard the words Biblical criticism in my town, it was with disdain: Biblical criticism? How dare you?


Quote: When has religion ever been unifying? Religion has introduced many wars in this world, enough bloodshed and violence. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

When has religion ever been unifying? Religion has introduced many wars in this world, enough bloodshed and violence.


Quote: For us it's not easy to be conformist, I cannot stand to be conformist, I don't accept what it is, I like to say no. If I see an injustice I scream. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

For us it's not easy to be conformist, I cannot stand to be conformist, I don't accept what it is, I like to say no. If I see an injustice I scream.


Quote: It's easier to be conformist naturally; it's easier except for those who don't like conformism. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

It's easier to be conformist naturally; it's easier except for those who don't like conformism.


Quote: Love makes everything complicated. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

Love makes everything complicated.


Quote: All I hope is that the American coalition is doing its best to prevent civilian casualties and the killing of innocent people. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

All I hope is that the American coalition is doing its best to prevent civilian casualties and the killing of innocent people.


Quote: Only fanatics -- in religion as well as in politics -- can find a meaning in someone else's death. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

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


Quote: I personally have no doubt that the Exodus occurred. How it occurred, I don't know. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

I personally have no doubt that the Exodus occurred. How it occurred, I don't know.


Quote: For nearly 3,500 years Exodus has left such an imprint on people's memories that I cannot imagine it had been invented just as a legend or a tale. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

For nearly 3,500 years Exodus has left such an imprint on people's memories that I cannot imagine it had been invented just as a legend or a tale.


Quote: I have tried to keep memory alive... I have tried to fight those who would forget. Because if we forget, we are guilty, we are accomplices. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

I have tried to keep memory alive... I have tried to fight those who would forget. Because if we forget, we are guilty, we are accomplices.


Quote: Fanaticism is the greatest threat today. Literally, the 21st century threatened by fanatics, and we have fanatics in every religion, unfortunately, and what can we do against them? Words nothing else, I'm against violence but only words. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

Fanaticism is the greatest threat today. Literally, the 21st century threatened by fanatics, and we have fanatics in every religion, unfortunately, and what can we do against them? Words nothing else, I'm against violence but only words.


Quote: From time immemorial, people have talked about peace without achieving it. Do we simply lack enough experience? Though we talk peace, we wage war. Sometimes we even wage war in the name of peace... War may be too much a part of history to be eliminated—ever. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

From time immemorial, people have talked about peace without achieving it. Do we simply lack enough experience? Though we talk peace, we wage war. Sometimes we even wage war in the name of peace... War may be too much a part of history to be eliminated—ever.


Quote: No one has written the way Isaiah does. The royal style, the majesty of the language. He is called the prince of the prophets. No one has written like that. I've studied ancient literature, Homer, for example, but it's not the same thing. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

No one has written the way Isaiah does. The royal style, the majesty of the language. He is called the prince of the prophets. No one has written like that. I've studied ancient literature, Homer, for example, but it's not the same thing.


Quote: Today again the teacher is the important thing, but on the other hand anti-Semitism is growing today. No doubt about it. All over the world, especially in Europe, and it's true they begin with anti-Israeli attitudes and then it's so strong that it runs over and becomes anti-Semitic. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of Elie Wiesel quote: Today again the teacher is the important thing, but on the other hand anti-Semitism is growing today. No doubt about it. All over the world, especially in Europe, and it's true they begin with anti-Israeli attitudes and then it's so strong that it runs over and becomes anti-Semitic.- black text on quotes background

Today again the teacher is the important thing, but on the other hand anti-Semitism is growing today. No doubt about it. All over the world, especially in Europe, and it's true they begin with anti-Israeli attitudes and then it's so strong that it runs over and becomes anti-Semitic.




Quote: We believed in God, trusted in man, and lived with the illusion that every one of us has been entrusted with a sacred spark. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

We believed in God, trusted in man, and lived with the illusion that every one of us has been entrusted with a sacred spark.


Quote: We're alone, but we are capable of communicating to one another both our loneliness and our desire to break through it. You say, 'I'm alone.' Someone answers, 'I'm alone too.' There's a shift in the scale of power. A bridge is thrown between the two abysses. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

We're alone, but we are capable of communicating to one another both our loneliness and our desire to break through it. You say, 'I'm alone.' Someone answers, 'I'm alone too.' There's a shift in the scale of power. A bridge is thrown between the two abysses.


Quote: 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. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

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.


Quote: His cold eyes stared at me. At last, he said wearily: I have more faith in Hitler than in anyone else. He alone has kept his promises, all his promises, to the Jewish people. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

His cold eyes stared at me. At last, he said wearily: I have more faith in Hitler than in anyone else. He alone has kept his promises, all his promises, to the Jewish people.


Quote: Education in the key to preventing the cycle of violence and hatred that marred the 20th century from repeating itself in the 21st century. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

Education in the key to preventing the cycle of violence and hatred that marred the 20th century from repeating itself in the 21st century.


Quote: There is divine beauty in learning... To learn means to accept the postulate that life did not begin at my birth. Others have been here before me, and I walk in their footsteps. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

There is divine beauty in learning... To learn means to accept the postulate that life did not begin at my birth. Others have been here before me, and I walk in their footsteps.


Quote: In those dark times, one rose to the very heights of humanity by simply remaining human. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

In those dark times, one rose to the very heights of humanity by simply remaining human.




Quote: I thought that culture and education are the shield. An educated person cannot do certain things and, and be educated, you cannot, and there they were, killing children day after day. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

I thought that culture and education are the shield. An educated person cannot do certain things and, and be educated, you cannot, and there they were, killing children day after day.


Quote: 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. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of Elie Wiesel quote: 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.- black text on quotes background

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.


Quote: I never compared Nazis into communism, but communism was the same thing, the end justifies the means. Whatever the means. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

I never compared Nazis into communism, but communism was the same thing, the end justifies the means. Whatever the means.


Quote: At Auschwitz, not only man died, but also the idea of man. To live in a world where there is nothing anymore, where the executioner acts as god, as judge-many wanted no part of it. It was its own heart the world incinerated at Auschwitz. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

At Auschwitz, not only man died, but also the idea of man. To live in a world where there is nothing anymore, where the executioner acts as god, as judge-many wanted no part of it. It was its own heart the world incinerated at Auschwitz.


Quote: In order to fly, you have to give up the ground you are standing on. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

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


Quote: How could I say to Him: Blessed be Thou, Almighty, Master of the Universe, who chose us among all nations to be tortured day and night, to watch as our fathers, our mothers, our brothers end up in furnaces? Praised be Thy Holy Name, for having chosen us to be slaughtered on Thine altar? by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of Elie Wiesel quote: How could I say to Him: Blessed be Thou, Almighty, Master of the Universe, who chose us among all nations to be tortured day and night, to watch as our fathers, our mothers, our brothers end up in furnaces? Praised be Thy Holy Name, for having chosen us to be slaughtered on Thine altar?- black text on quotes background

How could I say to Him: Blessed be Thou, Almighty, Master of the Universe, who chose us among all nations to be tortured day and night, to watch as our fathers, our mothers, our brothers end up in furnaces? Praised be Thy Holy Name, for having chosen us to be slaughtered on Thine altar?


Quote: If God exists, how can we lay claim to freedom, since He is its beginning and its end? by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

If God exists, how can we lay claim to freedom, since He is its beginning and its end?


Quote: Do you know what laughter is? I'll tell you. It's God's mistake. When God made man in order to bend him to his wishes he carelessly gave him the gift of laughter. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

Do you know what laughter is? I'll tell you. It's God's mistake. When God made man in order to bend him to his wishes he carelessly gave him the gift of laughter.


Quote: There is a coalition of anti-Semitism today, the extreme left, the extreme right and in the middle the huge corpus of Islam. I'm worried, I go around with a very heavy heart. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

There is a coalition of anti-Semitism today, the extreme left, the extreme right and in the middle the huge corpus of Islam. I'm worried, I go around with a very heavy heart.


Quote: Remembering is a noble and necessary act. The call of memory, the call to memory, reaches us from the very dawn of history. No commandment figures so frequently, so insistently, in the Bible. It is incumbent upon us to remember the good we have received, and the evil we have suffered. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of Elie Wiesel quote: Remembering is a noble and necessary act. The call of memory, the call to memory, reaches us from the very dawn of history. No commandment figures so frequently, so insistently, in the Bible. It is incumbent upon us to remember the good we have received, and the evil we have suffered.- black text on quotes background

Remembering is a noble and necessary act. The call of memory, the call to memory, reaches us from the very dawn of history. No commandment figures so frequently, so insistently, in the Bible. It is incumbent upon us to remember the good we have received, and the evil we have suffered.


Quote: From the depths of the mirror, a corpse gazed back at me. The look in his eyes, as they stared into mine, has never left me. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

From the depths of the mirror, a corpse gazed back at me. The look in his eyes, as they stared into mine, has never left me.


Quote: One day when I was able to get up, I decided to look at myself in the mirror on the opposite wall. I had not seen myself since the ghetto. From the depths of the mirror, a corpse was contemplating me. The look in his eyes as he gazed at me has never left me. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

One day when I was able to get up, I decided to look at myself in the mirror on the opposite wall. I had not seen myself since the ghetto. From the depths of the mirror, a corpse was contemplating me. The look in his eyes as he gazed at me has never left me.


Quote: A holy war is a contradiction in terms. War dehumanizes, war diminishes, war debases all those who wage it. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

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




Quote: 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! by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

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!


Quote: The Jewish tradition of learning-is learning. Adam chose knowledge instead of immortality. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

The Jewish tradition of learning-is learning. Adam chose knowledge instead of immortality.


Quote: 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. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

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.


Quote: It is up to us to determine whether the years ahead will be for humankind a curse or a blessing. We always must remember that it is given to men and women to choose life and living, not death and destruction. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

It is up to us to determine whether the years ahead will be for humankind a curse or a blessing. We always must remember that it is given to men and women to choose life and living, not death and destruction.


Quote: I cannot cure everybody. I cannot help everybody. But to tell the lonely person that I am not far or different from that lonely person, that I am with him or her, that's all I think we can do and we should do. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

I cannot cure everybody. I cannot help everybody. But to tell the lonely person that I am not far or different from that lonely person, that I am with him or her, that's all I think we can do and we should do.


Quote: You cannot write in more than one language. Words don't come out as well. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

You cannot write in more than one language. Words don't come out as well.




Quote: I developed an anger at Moses Mendelssohn. Later, I read the book. I realized there was nothing subversive in it. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

I developed an anger at Moses Mendelssohn. Later, I read the book. I realized there was nothing subversive in it.


Quote: The Bible is been my passion almost from my youth. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

The Bible is been my passion almost from my youth.


Quote: I don't speak about my pain. My pain is something that doesn't need to be purged. I want to prevent people from suffering. I don't speak about my suffering. Suffering is something personal and discreet. Also, I know it will never leave me. I don't want it to leave me. It would be a betrayal. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of Elie Wiesel quote: I don't speak about my pain. My pain is something that doesn't need to be purged. I want to prevent people from suffering. I don't speak about my suffering. Suffering is something personal and discreet. Also, I know it will never leave me. I don't want it to leave me. It would be a betrayal.- black text on quotes background

I don't speak about my pain. My pain is something that doesn't need to be purged. I want to prevent people from suffering. I don't speak about my suffering. Suffering is something personal and discreet. Also, I know it will never leave me. I don't want it to leave me. It would be a betrayal.


Quote: We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silent encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silent encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.


Quote: Once upon a time refugee meant somebody who has a refuge, found a place, a haven where he could find refuge. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

Once upon a time refugee meant somebody who has a refuge, found a place, a haven where he could find refuge.


Quote: We are all teachers, or should be. Anyone who relays experience to another person is a teacher. Not to transmit your experience is to betray it. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

We are all teachers, or should be. Anyone who relays experience to another person is a teacher. Not to transmit your experience is to betray it.


Quote: Fanaticism in many lands has surfaced as the greatest threat to the world. Indifference to its consequences would be a serious mistake. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

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


Quote: I belong to a tradition that believes that the death of a single child is a blemish on creation. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

I belong to a tradition that believes that the death of a single child is a blemish on creation.


Quote: I think he is condemned by himself to loneliness. God is One: he was, he is, he will be always One. One is so lonely. Maybe that is why he created human beings -- to feel less lonely. But as human beings betray his creation, he may become even lonelier. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

I think he is condemned by himself to loneliness. God is One: he was, he is, he will be always One. One is so lonely. Maybe that is why he created human beings -- to feel less lonely. But as human beings betray his creation, he may become even lonelier.


Quote: I spent most of my time talking to God more than to people. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

I spent most of my time talking to God more than to people.


Quote: What is Scripture? The Hebrew word is torah. Torah means teaching, learning. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

What is Scripture? The Hebrew word is torah. Torah means teaching, learning.


Quote: God made human beings because he loves stories. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

God made human beings because he loves stories.


Quote: Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.


Quote: The primary task of a Jew in turbulent times is to be Jewish. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

The primary task of a Jew in turbulent times is to be Jewish.


Quote: Nevertheless, we are led to believe that true words can communicate more than truth, they communicate what life is all about, that it's threatened, when it's threatened, when it's in danger, then it becomes a curse or a blessing. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

Nevertheless, we are led to believe that true words can communicate more than truth, they communicate what life is all about, that it's threatened, when it's threatened, when it's in danger, then it becomes a curse or a blessing.


Quote: What is man?
Hope turned to dust.
No.
What is man?
Dust turned to hope. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

What is man?
Hope turned to dust.
No.
What is man?
Dust turned to hope.


Quote: Usually I get up early every morning and from 6:00 to 10:00 I write. The rest of the time I study and prepare my work or I do other things. But four hours a day are exclusively devoted to writing. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

Usually I get up early every morning and from 6:00 to 10:00 I write. The rest of the time I study and prepare my work or I do other things. But four hours a day are exclusively devoted to writing.


Quote: Certain things, certain events, seem inexplicable only for a time: up to the moment when the veil is torn aside. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

Certain things, certain events, seem inexplicable only for a time: up to the moment when the veil is torn aside.


Quote: The impact of the holocaust on believers as well as unbelievers, on Jews as well as Christians, has not yet been evaluated. Not deeply, not enough. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

The impact of the holocaust on believers as well as unbelievers, on Jews as well as Christians, has not yet been evaluated. Not deeply, not enough.


Quote: I was the accuser, God the accused. My eyes were open and I was alone -- terribly alone in a world without God and without (hu)man(ity). by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

I was the accuser, God the accused. My eyes were open and I was alone -- terribly alone in a world without God and without (hu)man(ity).


Quote: I think that human beings are capable of the worst things possible. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

I think that human beings are capable of the worst things possible.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

I think that human beings are capable of the worst things possible and they show that there were times, and there probably are times, that it is human to be inhuman.


Quote: It was neither German nor Jew who ruled the ghetto -- it was illusion. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

It was neither German nor Jew who ruled the ghetto -- it was illusion.


Quote: As you know, I describe Shirat ha-Yam as part of an epic story that has qualities of history and which also has qualities of the mythological, of an epic. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

As you know, I describe Shirat ha-Yam as part of an epic story that has qualities of history and which also has qualities of the mythological, of an epic.


Quote: It was like a page torn from a history book, from some historical novel about the captivity of babylon or Spanish Inquisition. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

It was like a page torn from a history book, from some historical novel about the captivity of babylon or Spanish Inquisition.


Quote: And action is the only remedy to indifference, the most insidious danger of all. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

And action is the only remedy to indifference, the most insidious danger of all.


Quote: Whatever we thought was certain is no longer certain, and therefore in science probably certain things must be correct, but in human behaviour I am not so sure. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

Whatever we thought was certain is no longer certain, and therefore in science probably certain things must be correct, but in human behaviour I am not so sure.


Quote: 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. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

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.


Quote: Am I my brother's keeper? There you have the whole Biblical understanding that you are your brother's keeper. You also have a whole other understanding in which you are not your brother's keeper. And I've heard some extremely bright people take this position. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

Am I my brother's keeper? There you have the whole Biblical understanding that you are your brother's keeper. You also have a whole other understanding in which you are not your brother's keeper. And I've heard some extremely bright people take this position.


Quote: I think Sacrifice of Isaac is the most important event in the Bible except for Sinai. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

I think Sacrifice of Isaac is the most important event in the Bible except for Sinai.


Quote: The story of the Sacrifice of Isaac is much more a part of theology than of history. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

The story of the Sacrifice of Isaac is much more a part of theology than of history.




Quote: The story of Abraham and the sacrifice of Isaac are nowhere in any other tradition. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

The story of Abraham and the sacrifice of Isaac are nowhere in any other tradition.


Quote: If you make a determination that story of Abraham and the sacrifice of Isaac is not historical, do you throw it away? I don't think we can say whether it's precisely, scientifically historical. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

If you make a determination that story of Abraham and the sacrifice of Isaac is not historical, do you throw it away? I don't think we can say whether it's precisely, scientifically historical.


Quote: A Jew must be sensitive to the pain of all human beings. A Jew cannot remain indifferent to human suffering... The mission of the Jewish people has never been to make the world more Jewish, but to make it more human. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

A Jew must be sensitive to the pain of all human beings. A Jew cannot remain indifferent to human suffering... The mission of the Jewish people has never been to make the world more Jewish, but to make it more human.


Quote: When I see a child who is hungry, I see a person who is humiliated. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

When I see a child who is hungry, I see a person who is humiliated.








Quote: It is obvious that the war which Hitler and his accomplices waged was a war not only against Jewish men, women, and children, but also against Jewish religion, Jewish culture, Jewish tradition, therefore Jewish memory. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

It is obvious that the war which Hitler and his accomplices waged was a war not only against Jewish men, women, and children, but also against Jewish religion, Jewish culture, Jewish tradition, therefore Jewish memory.


Quote: 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. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

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.


Quote: Go over to Greece with the Iliad and Odyssey. These have elements of history, and they have non-historical elements. It's very difficult to pull them apart. And I think there's not much reason to. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

Go over to Greece with the Iliad and Odyssey. These have elements of history, and they have non-historical elements. It's very difficult to pull them apart. And I think there's not much reason to.


Quote: I've organised for the last years, since I got the Nobel Prize actually, Anatomy of Hate Conferences all over the world, what is hate. Didn't help but at least they explored it. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

I've organised for the last years, since I got the Nobel Prize actually, Anatomy of Hate Conferences all over the world, what is hate. Didn't help but at least they explored it.


Quote: You would be amazed at the number of doors a Nobel Prize opens. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

You would be amazed at the number of doors a Nobel Prize opens.


Quote: Religion is a very personal thing for me. Religion has its good moments and its poor moments. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

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


Quote: I have one request: may I never use my reason against truth. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

I have one request: may I never use my reason against truth.


Quote: I listen to music when I write. I need the musical background. Classical music. I'm behind the times. I'm still with Baroque music, Gregorian chant, the requiems, and with the quartets of Beethoven and Brahms. That is what I need for the climate, for the surroundings, for the landscape: the music. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of Elie Wiesel quote: I listen to music when I write. I need the musical background. Classical music. I'm behind the times. I'm still with Baroque music, Gregorian chant, the requiems, and with the quartets of Beethoven and Brahms. That is what I need for the climate, for the surroundings, for the landscape: the music.- black text on quotes background

I listen to music when I write. I need the musical background. Classical music. I'm behind the times. I'm still with Baroque music, Gregorian chant, the requiems, and with the quartets of Beethoven and Brahms. That is what I need for the climate, for the surroundings, for the landscape: the music.


Quote: A religious person answers to God, not to the elected or non-elected official. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

A religious person answers to God, not to the elected or non-elected official.


Quote: I imagine, like all his predecessors, Barak Obama would like to achieve greatness in bringing peace in the Middle East. I hope it will not be at the expense of Israel. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

I imagine, like all his predecessors, Barak Obama would like to achieve greatness in bringing peace in the Middle East. I hope it will not be at the expense of Israel.


Quote: In my town we studied the five Books of Moses, but rarely the prophets. We studied the Talmud so much that I sometimes knew the prophets because of the prophetic quotations in the Talmud. We almost never studied the prophets themselves. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

In my town we studied the five Books of Moses, but rarely the prophets. We studied the Talmud so much that I sometimes knew the prophets because of the prophetic quotations in the Talmud. We almost never studied the prophets themselves.


Quote: The Biblical text does not have punctuation marks like periods and question marks. Where we end sentences is a matter of interpretation. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

The Biblical text does not have punctuation marks like periods and question marks. Where we end sentences is a matter of interpretation.


Quote: In Talmudic literature, certainly in the beginning, he was like a human being -- except he was a serpent. But he was talking and walking and probably dreaming. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

In Talmudic literature, certainly in the beginning, he was like a human being -- except he was a serpent. But he was talking and walking and probably dreaming.


Quote: I am not so naïve as to believe that this slim volume will change the course of history or shake the conscience of the world. Books no longer have the power they once did. Those who kept silent yesterday will remain silent tomorrow. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

I am not so naïve as to believe that this slim volume will change the course of history or shake the conscience of the world. Books no longer have the power they once did. Those who kept silent yesterday will remain silent tomorrow.


Quote: When I see what is happening all over the world today -- the violence -- the stupid, arrogant, grotesque violence that is dominating humankind. I cannot not remember that there were other times, of course the Second World War. I never compare. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

When I see what is happening all over the world today -- the violence -- the stupid, arrogant, grotesque violence that is dominating humankind. I cannot not remember that there were other times, of course the Second World War. I never compare.


Quote: The Holocaust is not a cheap soap opera. The Holocaust is not a romantic novel. It is something else. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

The Holocaust is not a cheap soap opera. The Holocaust is not a romantic novel. It is something else.


Quote: I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

I swore never to be silent whenever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lies are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Whenever men and women are prosecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must -- at that moment -- become the center of the universe.


Quote: I would hesitate to give advice to the Dalai Lama and his people because they are suffering. The Dalai Lama suffered from exile and the people in Tibet suffer from oppression. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

I would hesitate to give advice to the Dalai Lama and his people because they are suffering. The Dalai Lama suffered from exile and the people in Tibet suffer from oppression.






Quote: Tibet's a tragedy. It's an insult to human decency. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

Tibet's a tragedy. It's an insult to human decency.


Quote: What of the Exodus? That too, is a wonderful story, but from the viewpoint of an historian, it is -- to use a word scholars love -- problematic. Let's say there are doubts, to say the least, among many scholars, as to whether the Exodus actually occurred. That's a historical issue. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of Elie Wiesel quote: What of the Exodus? That too, is a wonderful story, but from the viewpoint of an historian, it is -- to use a word scholars love -- problematic. Let's say there are doubts, to say the least, among many scholars, as to whether the Exodus actually occurred. That's a historical issue.- black text on quotes background

What of the Exodus? That too, is a wonderful story, but from the viewpoint of an historian, it is -- to use a word scholars love -- problematic. Let's say there are doubts, to say the least, among many scholars, as to whether the Exodus actually occurred. That's a historical issue.


Quote: I think so. 9 11 has been a turning point in American history, there's no doubt about that. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

I think so. 9 11 has been a turning point in American history, there's no doubt about that.


Quote: London radio, which we listened to every evening, announced encouraging news: the daily bombings of Germany and Stalingrad, the preparation of the Second Front. And so we, the Jews of Sighet, waited for better days that surely were soon to come. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

London radio, which we listened to every evening, announced encouraging news: the daily bombings of Germany and Stalingrad, the preparation of the Second Front. And so we, the Jews of Sighet, waited for better days that surely were soon to come.


Quote: Writing should not be routine; writing should actually be the opposite of procedural because otherwise the written word would become a routine word. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

Writing should not be routine; writing should actually be the opposite of procedural because otherwise the written word would become a routine word.


Quote: There are moments when I think it will never end, that it will last indefinitely. It's like the rain. Here the rain, like everything else, suggests permanence and eternity. I say to myself: it's raining today and it's going to rain tomorrow and the next day, the next week and the next century. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of Elie Wiesel quote: There are moments when I think it will never end, that it will last indefinitely. It's like the rain. Here the rain, like everything else, suggests permanence and eternity. I say to myself: it's raining today and it's going to rain tomorrow and the next day, the next week and the next century.- black text on quotes background

There are moments when I think it will never end, that it will last indefinitely. It's like the rain. Here the rain, like everything else, suggests permanence and eternity. I say to myself: it's raining today and it's going to rain tomorrow and the next day, the next week and the next century.


Quote: The sky is so close to the sea that it is difficult to tell which is reflected in the other, which one needs the other, which one is dominating the other. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

The sky is so close to the sea that it is difficult to tell which is reflected in the other, which one needs the other, which one is dominating the other.


Quote: We were masters of nature, masters of the world. We had forgotten everything -- death, fatigue, our natural needs. Stronger than cold or hunger, stronger than the shots and the desire to die, condemned and wandering, mere numbers, we were the only men on earth. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

We were masters of nature, masters of the world. We had forgotten everything -- death, fatigue, our natural needs. Stronger than cold or hunger, stronger than the shots and the desire to die, condemned and wandering, mere numbers, we were the only men on earth.


Quote: Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed.


Quote: Never shall I forget those moments that murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to ashes. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

Never shall I forget those moments that murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to ashes.


Quote: When you die and go to heaven our maker is not going to ask, 'why didn't you discover the cure for such and such? why didn't you become the Messiah?' The only question we will be asked in that precious moment is 'why didn't you become you?' by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

When you die and go to heaven our maker is not going to ask, 'why didn't you discover the cure for such and such? why didn't you become the Messiah?' The only question we will be asked in that precious moment is 'why didn't you become you?'


Quote: The deeper the nostalgia and the more complete the fear, the purer, the richer the word and the secret. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

The deeper the nostalgia and the more complete the fear, the purer, the richer the word and the secret.


Quote: I believe that all the survivors are mad. One time or another their madness will explode. You cannot absorb that much madness and not be influenced by it. That is why the children of survivors are so tragic. I see them in school. They don't know how. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

I believe that all the survivors are mad. One time or another their madness will explode. You cannot absorb that much madness and not be influenced by it. That is why the children of survivors are so tragic. I see them in school. They don't know how.


Quote: Today there isn't a university where they don't have special courses Jewish studies or Holocaust studies, hundreds and hundreds of universities, young people today want to know more than their elders did, much more, and therefore I am very optimistic about young people. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of Elie Wiesel quote; white text on black background

Today there isn't a university where they don't have special courses Jewish studies or Holocaust studies, hundreds and hundreds of universities, young people today want to know more than their elders did, much more, and therefore I am very optimistic about young people.


Quote: I don't see the junk youth. I only meet students, and even those who are not formally at the university, if they come to listen to me, they come to read me, it means they are not junk students. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

I don't see the junk youth. I only meet students, and even those who are not formally at the university, if they come to listen to me, they come to read me, it means they are not junk students.




Quote: There is Israel, for us at least. What no other generation had, we have. We have Israel in spite of all the dangers, the threats and the wars, we have Israel. We can go to Jerusalem. Generations and generations could not and we can. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

There is Israel, for us at least. What no other generation had, we have. We have Israel in spite of all the dangers, the threats and the wars, we have Israel. We can go to Jerusalem. Generations and generations could not and we can.


Quote: 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. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

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.


Quote: Every moment is a new beginning. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

Every moment is a new beginning.


Quote: Just as man cannot live without dreams, he cannot live without hope. If dreams reflect the past, hope summons the future. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

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




Quote: The opposite of faith is not heresy but indifference. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

The opposite of faith is not heresy but indifference.




Quote: Every single human being is a unique human being. And, therefore, it's so criminal to do something to that human being, because he or she represents humanity. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

Every single human being is a unique human being. And, therefore, it's so criminal to do something to that human being, because he or she represents humanity.


Quote: Ultimately, the only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

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


Quote: What hurts the victim most is not the cruelty of the oppressor, but the silence of the bystander. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

What hurts the victim most is not the cruelty of the oppressor, but the silence of the bystander.


Quote: No human being is illegal. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

No human being is illegal.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

No human being is illegal. That is a contradiction in terms. Human beings can be beautiful or more beautiful, they can be fat or skinny, they can be right or wrong, but illegal? How can a human being be illegal?


Quote: Every nation has its prestigious military academies -- or so few of them -- that reach not only the virtues of peace but also the art of attaining it? I mean attaining and protecting it by means other than weapons, the tools of war. Why are we surprised whenever war recedes and yields to peace? by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of Elie Wiesel quote: Every nation has its prestigious military academies -- or so few of them -- that reach not only the virtues of peace but also the art of attaining it? I mean attaining and protecting it by means other than weapons, the tools of war. Why are we surprised whenever war recedes and yields to peace?- black text on quotes background

Every nation has its prestigious military academies -- or so few of them -- that reach not only the virtues of peace but also the art of attaining it? I mean attaining and protecting it by means other than weapons, the tools of war. Why are we surprised whenever war recedes and yields to peace?


Quote: Whatever you think in life... think higher and feel deeper. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

Whatever you think in life... think higher and feel deeper.


Quote: Whoever survives a test, whatever it may be, must tell the story. That is his duty. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

Whoever survives a test, whatever it may be, must tell the story. That is his duty.


Quote: The opposite of love is not hate; it's indifference. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

The opposite of love is not hate; it's indifference.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

The opposite of love is not hate, but indifference. Indifference creates evil. Hatred is evil itself. Indifference is what allows evil to be strong, what gives it power.


Quote: We must see in every person a universe with its own secrets, with its own treasures, with its own sources of anguish, and with some measure of triumph. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

We must see in every person a universe with its own secrets, with its own treasures, with its own sources of anguish, and with some measure of triumph.


Quote: Think higher, feel deeper. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

Think higher, feel deeper.


Quote: One person of integrity can make a difference. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

One person of integrity can make a difference.


Quote: If I were in the government, I would persuade the prime minister to see the beauty in the fact that people see Israel as a haven -- from their sadness to their hope. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

If I were in the government, I would persuade the prime minister to see the beauty in the fact that people see Israel as a haven -- from their sadness to their hope.


Quote: When language fails, violence becomes a language; I never had that feeling. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

When language fails, violence becomes a language; I never had that feeling.


Quote: Language failed me very often, but then, the substitute for me was silence, but not violence. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

Language failed me very often, but then, the substitute for me was silence, but not violence.


Quote: Historically, I come from Jewish history. I had the classic upbringing in the Yeshiva, learning, learning, and more learning. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

Historically, I come from Jewish history. I had the classic upbringing in the Yeshiva, learning, learning, and more learning.


Quote: In any society, fanatics who hate don't hate only me -- they hate you, too. They hate everybody. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

In any society, fanatics who hate don't hate only me -- they hate you, too. They hate everybody.


Quote: I never teach the same course twice. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

I never teach the same course twice.


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