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Elie Wiesel
September 30, 1928 -
Nationality: American
Category: Novelist
Subcategory: American Novelist

Because of indifference, one dies before one actually dies.


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


I write to understand as much as to be understood.


Indifference, to me, is the epitome of evil.


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.


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


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.


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


Not to transmit an experience is to betray it.


There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.


I do not recall a Jewish home without a book on the table.


Some stories are true that never happened.


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


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

    Topics: Friendship

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


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


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.


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


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


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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