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Quote: When did I learn the Bible? When I was four or five years old. It's still the pull of my childhood, a fascination with the vanished world, and I can find everything except that world. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

When did I learn the Bible? When I was four or five years old. It's still the pull of my childhood, a fascination with the vanished world, and I can find everything except that world.


Quote: No one may speak for the dead, no one may interpret their mutilated dreams and visions. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

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


Quote: The Bible is not only laws, it's also stories. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

The Bible is not only laws, it's also stories.


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

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.


Quote: I'll tell you what: I believe mysticism is a very serious endeavor. One must be equipped for it. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

I'll tell you what: I believe mysticism is a very serious endeavor. One must be equipped for it.


Quote: That is my major preoccupation, memory, the kingdom of memory. I want to protect and enrich that kingdom, glorify that kingdom and serve it. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

That is my major preoccupation, memory, the kingdom of memory. I want to protect and enrich that kingdom, glorify that kingdom and serve it.


Quote: There is a difference between a book of two hundred pages from the very beginning, and a book of two hundred pages which is the result of an original eight hundred pages. The six hundred are there. Only you don't see them. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

There is a difference between a book of two hundred pages from the very beginning, and a book of two hundred pages which is the result of an original eight hundred pages. The six hundred are there. Only you don't see them.


Quote: In Jewish history there are no coincidences. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

In Jewish history there are no coincidences.


Quote: I do not recall a Jewish home without a book on the table. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

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


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

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.


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

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.


Quote: I write to understand as much as to be understood. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

I write to understand as much as to be understood.


Quote: I remember, May 1944: I was 15-and-a-half, and I was thrown into a haunted universe where the story of the human adventure seemed to swing irrevocably between horror and malediction. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

I remember, May 1944: I was 15-and-a-half, and I was thrown into a haunted universe where the story of the human adventure seemed to swing irrevocably between horror and malediction.


Quote: Moses was the greatest legislator and the commander in chief of perhaps the first liberation army. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

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


Quote: Not to transmit an experience is to betray it. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

Not to transmit an experience is to betray it.


Quote: Sometimes I am asked if I know 'the response to Auschwitz; I answer that not only do I not know it, but that I don't even know if a tragedy of this magnitude has a response. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

Sometimes I am asked if I know 'the response to Auschwitz; I answer that not only do I not know it, but that I don't even know if a tragedy of this magnitude has a response.


Quote: Human beings should be held accountable. Leave God alone. He has enough problems. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

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


Quote: A destruction, an annihilation that only man can provoke, only man can prevent. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

A destruction, an annihilation that only man can provoke, only man can prevent.


Quote: We have to go into the despair and go beyond it, by working and doing for somebody else, by using it for something else. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

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


Quote: It's clear to me that one can't be Jewish without Israel. Religious or non-religious, Zionist or non-Zionist, Ashkenazi or Sephardic -- all these will not exist without Israel. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

It's clear to me that one can't be Jewish without Israel. Religious or non-religious, Zionist or non-Zionist, Ashkenazi or Sephardic -- all these will not exist without Israel.


Quote: I don't like docudramas. Documentaries should not go together with fiction, or half-fiction or quarter-fiction. The two should not go together. They cannot mix. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

I don't like docudramas. Documentaries should not go together with fiction, or half-fiction or quarter-fiction. The two should not go together. They cannot mix.


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

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.


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

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.


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

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.


Quote: There are victories of the soul and spirit. Sometimes, even if you lose, you win. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

There are victories of the soul and spirit. Sometimes, even if you lose, you win.


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

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.


Quote: I've given my life to the principle and the ideal of memory, and remembrance. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

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


Quote: Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds.


Quote: Because of indifference, one dies before one actually dies. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

Because of indifference, one dies before one actually dies.


Quote: I have not lost faith in God. I have moments of anger and protest. Sometimes I've been closer to him for that reason. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

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


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

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.


Quote: I will say, with memoir, you must be honest. You must be truthful. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

I will say, with memoir, you must be honest. You must be truthful.


Quote: Our obligation is to give meaning to life and in doing so to overcome the passive, indifferent life. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

Our obligation is to give meaning to life and in doing so to overcome the passive, indifferent life.


Quote: I would like to see real peace and a state of Israel living peacefully alongside a state of Palestine. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

I would like to see real peace and a state of Israel living peacefully alongside a state of Palestine.


Quote: When a person doesn't have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity. A person can almost be defined by his or her attitude toward gratitude. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

When a person doesn't have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity. A person can almost be defined by his or her attitude toward gratitude.


Quote: Indifference, to me, is the epitome of evil. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

Indifference, to me, is the epitome of evil.


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

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.


Quote: No human race is superior; no religious faith is inferior. All collective judgments are wrong. Only racists make them. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

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


Quote: Without memory, there is no culture. Without memory, there would be no civilization, no society, no future. by author Elie Wiesel overlaid on photo of photo of author Elie Wiesel with quote

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


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