Elie Wiesel Quotes

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

    Harry J. Cargas, Elie Wiesel (1976). “Harry James Cargas in Conversation with Elie Wiesel”
  • To remain silent and indifferent is the greatest sin of all.

    Elie Wiesel, Harry J. Cargas (1993). “Telling the tale: a tribute to Elie Wiesel on the occasion of his 65th birthday : essays, reflections, and poems”, Time Being Press
  • Hope is like peace. It is not a gift from God. It is a gift only we can give one another.

  • There are so many who know more than I do, who understand the world better than I do. I would be truly learned, a great scholar, if only I could retain everything I've learned from those I have known. But then would I still be me? And isn't all that only words? Words grow old, too; they change their meaning and their usage. They get sick just as we do; they die of their wounds and then they are relegated to the dust of dictionaries. And where am I in all this?

    Dust   Sick   Would Be  
    Elie Wiesel (2007). “The Time of the Uprooted: A Novel”, p.17, Schocken
  • 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.

    War   Names   Doe  
    Elie Wiesel (2011). “From the Kingdom of Memory: Reminiscences”, p.165, Schocken
  • Life is really fascinated only by death. It vibrates only when it comes in contact with death.

    Elie Wiesel (2006). “Day: A Novel”, p.122, Macmillan
  • With every cell of my being and with every fiber of my memory I oppose the death penalty in all forms. I do not believe any civilized society should be at the service of death. I don't think it's human to become an agent of the angel of death.

  • I have absolutely no problem with the young Germans. I even feel sorry for the young Germans because to be maybe sons or daughters of killers is different than them to be sons and daughters of the victims. And I felt sorry for them. I still do.

    Daughter   Sorry   Son  
    Source: www.npr.org
  • How can one explain the attraction terror holds for some minds — and why for intellectuals? . . .In a totalitarian and terrorist regime, man is no longer a unique being with infinite possibilities and limitless choices but a number, a puppet, with just this difference — numbers and puppets are not susceptible to fear.

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

    Source: www.savetibet.org
  • The only way for us to help ourselves is to help others and to listen to each other's stories.

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

  • [Chinese] are a huge empire now, you'll soon be - in a few years two billion people in the world. So, you should be more compassionate, more understanding. And above all, you don't need all their trouble.

    Two   Years   People  
  • I come from a tradition - from the Jewish tradition, which believes in words, in language, in communication.

    Source: www.npr.org
  • All I hope is that the American coalition is doing its best to prevent civilian casualties and the killing of innocent people.

    Source: dailynorthwestern.com
  • My students are very special. They are my source of pride, my source of joy, my source of hope. I am terribly fond of my students.

    Pride   Joy   Special  
    Source: dailynorthwestern.com
  • The more we know, the more pain we have. But because we are human beings, this must be. Otherwise we become objects rather than subjects.

    Pain   Endurance   Humans  
  • Eternity is the place where questions and answers become one.

  • 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.

    Believe   Book   Thinking  
    Source: www.biblicalarchaeology.org
  • If there is one person on the planet who still is suffering from loneliness and from pain or despair, and we don't know about it, or we don't want to know about it, then something is wrong with the world.

    Source: www.huffingtonpost.com
  • I try to see their moral relevance [in the Bible] and, of course, to admire the literary beauty of the text. Prophetic poetry: No one has written the way Isaiah does.

    Trying   Doe   Way  
    Source: www.biblicalarchaeology.org
  • 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.

    Children   Memories   War  
    Elie Wiesel (2012). “Night”, p.5, Macmillan
  • I was never without a book in my hand.

    Book   Hands  
    Source: www.biblicalarchaeology.org
  • 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.

    Sea   Sky   Needs  
    Elie Wiesel (2006). “Day: A Novel”, p.45, Macmillan
  • 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.

    Book   Towns   Sometimes  
    Source: www.biblicalarchaeology.org
  • 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.

    Laughter   Mistake   Men  
  • One person of integrity can make a difference.

    Elie Wiesel (2012). “Night”, p.143, Macmillan
  • Therefore, all my adult life, since I began my life as an author, or as a teacher, I always try to listen to the victim.

    "Messenger to Mankind". The Academy of Achievement Interview, www.achievement.org. June 29, 1996.
  • There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.

    Elie Wiesel (2011). “From the Kingdom of Memory: Reminiscences”, p.182, Schocken
  • 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.

    Night   Long   Holocaust  
    Night ch. 3 (1960)
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