Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel

Rumanian-born American Writer

Lived from: 1928-

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    I believe that all the survivors are mad. One time or another their madness will explode. You cannot absorb that much madness and not be influenced by it. That is why the children of survivors are so tragic. I see them in school. They don't know how
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    As long as one dissident is in prison, our freedom will not be true. As long as one child is hungry, our lives will be filled with anguish and shame.
    Source: Nobel acceptance speech (1986)
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    Because I remember, I despair. Because I remember, I have the duty to reject despair.
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    Because of indifference, one dies before one actually dies.
    Source: US News & World Report (27 October 1986)
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    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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    I don't believe in accidents. There are only encounters in history. There are no accidents.
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    I had anger but never hate.
    Source: The Oprah Magazine (November 2000)
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    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.
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    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.
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    If anything can, it is memory that will save humanity.
    Source: Hope, Despair, and Memory (1986)
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    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.
    Source: Interview Oprah november 2000
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    Indifference, to me, is the epitome of evil.
    Source: US News & World Report (27 October 1986)
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    Just as despair can come to one only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings.
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    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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    No human race is superior; no religious faith is inferior. All collective judgments are wrong. Only racists make them.
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