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Elie Wiesel quotes (31)

A destruction, an annihilation that only man can provoke, only man can prevent.
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Because I remember, I despair. Because I remember, I have the duty to reject despair.
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Because of indifference, one dies before one actually dies.
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Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing.
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Hope is like peace. It is not a gift from God. It is a gift only we can give one another.
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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.
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I do not recall a Jewish home without a book on the table.
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I have not lost faith in God. I have moments of anger and protest. Sometimes I've been closer to him for that reason.
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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.
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I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.
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I write to understand as much as to be understood.
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In Jewish history there are no coincidences.
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Indifference, to me, is the epitome of evil.
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Just as despair can come to one only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings.
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Man, as long as he lives, is immortal. One minute before his death he shall be immortal. But one minute later, God wins.
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Mankind must remember that peace is not God's gift to his creatures; peace is our gift to each other.
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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.
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No human race is superior; no religious faith is inferior. All collective judgments are wrong. Only racists make them.
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Not to transmit an experience is to betray it.
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Once you bring life into the world, you must protect it. We must protect it by changing the world.
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Our obligation is to give meaning to life and in doing so to overcome the passive, indifferent life.
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Peace is our gift to each other.
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Some stories are true that never happened.
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That is my major preoccupation, memory, the kingdom of memory. I want to protect and enrich that kingdom, glorify that kingdom and serve it.
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The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference.
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There are victories of the soul and spirit. Sometimes, even if you lose, you win.
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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.
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There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.
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We have to go into the despair and go beyond it, by working and doing for somebody else, by using it for something else.
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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.
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Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds.
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