The Words of Elie Weisel

07/03/2016 — Leave a comment


Elie Weisel Quotes

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

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

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

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

Peace is our gift to each other.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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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Some stories are true that never happened.

Indifference, to me, is the epitome of evil.

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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Because of indifference, one dies before one actually dies.

I write to understand as much as to be understood.

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

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.

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 Weisel

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