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Elie Wiesel Quotes

(1928), Rumanian-born American Writer

I don't believe in accidents. There are only encounters in history. There are no accidents.

Category: Accidents

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

Category: Children

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

Category: Despair

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.

Category: Editing And Editors

I rarely speak about God. To God, yes. I protest against Him. I shout at Him. But to open a discourse about the qualities of God, about the problems that God imposes, theodicy, no. And yet He is there, in silence, in filigree.

Category: God

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

Category: Hope

Man, as long as he lives, is immortal. One minute before his death he shall be immortal. But one minute later, God wins.

Category: Immortality

Only one enemy is worse than despair: indifference. In every area of human creativity, indifference is the enemy; indifference of evil is worse than evil, because it is also sterile.

Category: Indifference

The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.

Category: Indifference

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.

Category: Judaism And Jews

When you see the abyss, and we have looked into it, then what? There isn't much room at the edge -- one person, another, not many. If you are there, others cannot be there. If you are there, you become a protective wall. What happens? You become part of t

Category: Knowledge

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

Category: Memory

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.

Category: Mystics And Mysticism

Peace is our gift to each other.

Category: Peace

Peace is not God's gift to his creatures. It is our gift to each other.

Category: Peace