No one is as capable of gratitude as one who has emerged from the kingdom of night.
One person of integrity can make a difference.
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.
When language fails, violence becomes a language; I never had that feeling.
Language failed me very often, but then, the substitute for me was silence, but not violence.
Historically, I come from Jewish history. I had the classic upbringing in the Yeshiva, learning, learning, and more learning.
In any society, fanatics who hate don't hate only me -- they hate you, too. They hate everybody.
I never teach the same course twice.
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.
No one may speak for the dead, no one may interpret their mutilated dreams and visions.
The Bible is not only laws, it's also stories.
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.
I'll tell you what: I believe mysticism is a very serious endeavor. One must be equipped for it.
That is my major preoccupation, memory, the kingdom of memory. I want to protect and enrich that kingdom, glorify that kingdom and serve it.
Peace is our gift to each other.
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.
In Jewish history there are no coincidences.
I do not recall a Jewish home without a book on the table.
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.
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.
I write to understand as much as to be understood.
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.
Moses was the greatest legislator and the commander in chief of perhaps the first liberation army.
Not to transmit an experience is to betray it.
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.
Human beings should be held accountable. Leave God alone. He has enough problems.
Hope is like peace. It is not a gift from God. It is a gift only we can give one another.
A destruction, an annihilation that only man can provoke, only man can prevent.
We have to go into the despair and go beyond it, by working and doing for somebody else, by using it for something else.
Just as despair can come to one only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are victories of the soul and spirit. Sometimes, even if you lose, you win.
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.
I've given my life to the principle and the ideal of memory, and remembrance.
Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds.
Because of indifference, one dies before one actually dies.
I have not lost faith in God. I have moments of anger and protest. Sometimes I've been closer to him for that reason.
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.
I will say, with memoir, you must be honest. You must be truthful.
Our obligation is to give meaning to life and in doing so to overcome the passive, indifferent life.
I would like to see real peace and a state of Israel living peacefully alongside a state of Palestine.
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.
Indifference, to me, is the epitome of evil.
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.
No human race is superior; no religious faith is inferior. All collective judgments are wrong. Only racists make them.
There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.
Without memory, there is no culture. Without memory, there would be no civilization, no society, no future.