Best Quotes from Elie Wiesel

By | March 14, 2016

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

Elie Wiesel

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

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

Elie Wiesel

Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must – at that moment – become the center of the universe.

Elie Wiesel

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.

Elie Wiesel

Someone who hates one group will end up hating everyone – and, ultimately, hating himself or herself.

Elie Wiesel

The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.

Elie Wiesel

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

Elie Wiesel

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.

Elie Wiesel

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

Elie Wiesel

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

Elie Wiesel

When a person doesn’t have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity.

Elie Wiesel

Indifference, to me, is the epitome of evil.

Elie Wiesel

Mankind must remember that peace is not God’s gift to his creatures; peace is our gift to each other.

Elie Wiesel

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

Elie Wiesel

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.

Elie Wiesel

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.

Elie Wiesel

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

Elie Wiesel

My greatest disappointment is that I believe that those of us who went through the war and tried to write about it, about their experience, became messengers. We have given the message, and nothing changed.

Elie Wiesel

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

Elie Wiesel

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

Elie Wiesel

Peace is our gift to each other.

Elie Wiesel

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

Elie Wiesel

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.

Elie Wiesel

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

Elie Wiesel

I never felt any attraction towards violence. I never tried to express myself through violence. Violence is a language.

Elie Wiesel

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

Elie Wiesel

That I survived the Holocaust and went on to love beautiful girls, to talk, to write, to have toast and tea and live my life – that is what is abnormal.

Elie Wiesel

Because I remember, I despair. Because I remember, I have the duty to reject despair.

Elie Wiesel

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

Elie Wiesel

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.

Elie Wiesel

In the concentration camps, we discovered this whole universe where everyone had his place. The killer came to kill, and the victims came to die.

Elie Wiesel

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.

Elie Wiesel

It used to be said that when the Baal Shem Tov came into a town, his impact was so strong, he didn’t have to speak. His disciples had to dance or to sing or to preach to have the same effect. I think a real messenger, myself or anyone, by the very fact that he is there as a person, as a symbol, could have the same impact.

Elie Wiesel

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

Elie Wiesel

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

Elie Wiesel

Because of indifference, one dies before one actually dies.

Elie Wiesel

I write to understand as much as to be understood.

Elie Wiesel

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.

Elie Wiesel

In Jewish history there are no coincidences.

Elie Wiesel

I love teaching.

Elie Wiesel

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.

Elie Wiesel

When my father was born, it was part of the Austro-Hungarian empire. When I was born, it was Lithuania. When I left, it was Hungary. It is difficult to say where I come from.

Elie Wiesel

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

Elie Wiesel

Once you bring life into the world, you must protect it. We must protect it by changing the world.

Elie Wiesel

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

Elie Wiesel

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.

Elie Wiesel

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.

Elie Wiesel

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

Elie Wiesel

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

Elie Wiesel

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.

Elie Wiesel

I’m a teacher and a writer; my life is words. When I see the denigration of language, it hurts me, and it’s easy to denigrate a word by trivializing it.

Elie Wiesel

After all, God is God because he remembers.

Elie Wiesel

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