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By Anonym 13 Sep

Elie Wiesel

In those dark times, one rose to the very heights of humanity by simply remaining human.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Elie Wiesel

The only place where I felt at home, on familiar ground, was the Jewish cemetery. And yet I had never set foot in it before. Children had been forbidden to enter.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Elie Wiesel

In my little town, Sighet, which is in Romania, Hungary-Romania, but a real shtetl, a little [Jewish] village - and we began with the Chumash [Pentateuch], probably at age four.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Elie Wiesel

No one is Sighet suspected that our fate was already sealed. In Berlin we had been condemned, but we didn't know it. We didn't know that a man called Adolf Eichmann was already in Budapest weaving his black web, at the head of an elite, efficient detachment of thirty-five SS men, planning the operation that wold crown his career; or that all the necessary means for "dealing with" us were already at hand in a place called Birkenau.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Elie Wiesel

In the word question, there is a beautiful word - quest. I love that word. We are all partners in a quest. The essential questions have no answers. You are my question, and I am yours - and then there is dialogue. The moment we have answers, there is no dialogue. Questions unite people.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Elie Wiesel

I want to go back to the child I used to be, and to read with the same naiveté [the Pentateuch]. I want to leave science aside and go back to the pure perception offered to me in the text that is waiting there for me year after year.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Elie Wiesel

There is divine beauty in learning... To learn means to accept the postulate that life did not begin at my birth. Others have been here before me, and I walk in their footsteps.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Elie Wiesel

I think the Messianic concept, which is the Jewish offering to mankind, is a great victory. What does it mean? It means that history has a sense, a meaning, a direction; it goes somewhere, and necessarily in a good direction--the Messiah.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Elie Wiesel

Weapons means killing. Weapons is ah, I'm simply sensitive to the word.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Elie Wiesel

Man asks and God replies but we don't understand his replies because they dwell in the depths of our souls and remain there until we die.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Elie Wiesel

Everything is in it: the promise and the hope and the fear and the challenge and the defiance. The test is a double test: Just as God tested Abraham, Abraham tested God: "Let's see if you really want me to go ahead with it and kill my son." Then the angel says, "Do not raise your hand against the boy" [Genesis 22:12]. It was the Angel of God who says this, not God. God was embarrassed. [All laugh]

By Anonym 13 Sep

Elie Wiesel

Bite your lips, little brother...Don't cry. Keep your anger, your hate, for another day, for later. The day will come but not now...Wait. Clench your teeth and wait.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Elie Wiesel

How can one explain the attraction terror holds for some minds — and why for intellectuals? . . .In a totalitarian and terrorist regime, man is no longer a unique being with infinite possibilities and limitless choices but a number, a puppet, with just this difference — numbers and puppets are not susceptible to fear.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Elie Wiesel

Listen to me, kid. Don't forget that you are in a concentration camp. In this place, it is every many for himself, and you cannot think of others. Not even you father. In this place, there is no such thing as father, brother, friend. Each of us lives and dies alone. Let me give you good advice: stop giving your ration of bread and soup to your old father. You cannot help him anymore. And you are hurting yourself. In fact, you should be getting his rations.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Elie Wiesel

I spent most of my time talking to God more than to people.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Elie Wiesel

Human beings all change. Not what they are but who they are. We have the power to change what we do with our life and turn it into our destiny.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Elie Wiesel

All those - or most of those - who went through the experience during the Second World War - they want to remember more - more and more. It's never enough because we feel that we have to tell the story. And no one can tell the story fully.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Elie Wiesel

Once upon a time refugee meant somebody who has a refuge, found a place, a haven where he could find refuge.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Elie Wiesel

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Elie Wiesel

The yellow star? Oh well, what of it? You dont die of it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Elie Wiesel

Indifference is the sign of sickness, a sickness of the soul more contagious than any other.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Elie Wiesel

Because I survived, I must do everything possible to help others.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Elie Wiesel

I come from a very religious background.And actually I remained in it. All my anger I describe in my quarrels with God in Auschwitz, but you know I used to pray every day.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Elie Wiesel

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Elie Wiesel

In Jewish history there are no coincidences.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Elie Wiesel

My good friends, we are all waiting. We are waiting, if not for the Messiah, as such, we are waiting for the messianic moment. And the messianic moment is what each and every one of us tries to build, meaning a certain area of humanity that links us to all those who are human and, therefore, desperately trying to fight despair as humanly as possible and - I hope - with some measure of success.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Elie Wiesel

My teachers [ had the most impact in my life]. Of course, my father and grandfather, but after my family, my teachers.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Elie Wiesel

Take the story of Cain and Abel. Why were we given that story? Scientifically, you may have an explanation for it, but I'm not approaching it from the scientific point of view. I'm saying: Why do we need that? It's a sordid story, a depressing story, a dark story. Why should I believe that I'm a descendant of either Cain or Abel? Thank God there is a third son! [Genesis 4:25]

By Anonym 13 Sep

Elie Wiesel

If the Book of the Law could be forgotten for so many years, who knows what was done to it during those years? Maybe it was lost later, too. And another one replaced it, and that one is no longer the original text. These are questions that perturb me much more than whether it's history or not history.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Elie Wiesel

Always remember, my good friends, that there is one sin we must never commit and it is to humiliate another person or to allow another person to be humiliated in our presence without us screaming and shouting and protesting.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Elie Wiesel

I would say to [Chinese government], You don't need Tibet really. You don't need all the problems Tibet creates for you. It's so small, so far away. Give them their religious freedom and I know that they wouldn't misuse it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Elie Wiesel

If you read Exodus 15 carefully, it describes a storm at sea. This is the old Yahwistic source. In the retelling of the story in the later Priestly source, it is more miraculous: The water stands up on either side like a wall. There are walls of water standing up. As you move back in time, oddly enough, the story becomes more historical.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Elie Wiesel

I came to the conclusion that I am free to choose my own suffering. But I am not free to consent to someone else's suffering.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Elie Wiesel

For the good of all, I say: Be careful, the brutality of the world must not be more powerful or attractive than love and friendship.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Elie Wiesel

I listen to music when I write. I need the musical background. Classical music. I'm behind the times. I'm still with Baroque music, Gregorian chant, the requiems, and with the quartets of Beethoven and Brahms. That is what I need for the climate, for the surroundings, for the landscape: the music.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Elie Wiesel

I'd rather speak as a student of philosophy. Philosophically it makes no sense, absolutely makes no sense. Why should people inherit evil things when their memories could contain and should invoke good things?

By Anonym 19 Sep

Elie Wiesel

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Elie Wiesel

Often I say to myself "Really, what are we doing on this planet?" We are passing the message as well as we can, communicating our fears, our hopes ... Day in day out, week after week and year after year, people kill each other.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Elie Wiesel

All my life, until today, I have been content to ask questions. All the while knowing that the real questions, those that concern the creator and his creation, have no answers. I'll go even farther and say that there is a level at which only the questions are eternal, the answers never are. And so, the patient that I am, more charitable, repeats: 'Since God is, He is to be found in the questions as well as in the answers.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Elie Wiesel

Knowledge does not corrupt, unless it is arrogant; but then it is not true knowledge.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Elie Wiesel

All those who love thrillers will find in Michael Alexiades's first novel a source of great pleasure and satisfaction. It combines suspense and knowledge, experience and imagination. His grateful readers will now wait for the next.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Elie Wiesel

Night is purer than day; it is better for thinking and loving and dreaming. At night everything is more intense, more true. The echo of words that have been spoken during the day takes on a new and deeper meaning. The tragedy of man is that he doesn't know how to distinguish between day and night. He says things at night that should only be said by day.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Elie Wiesel

[Tibet] never sought any territory. All it wanted is the conquest of the soul, that people should attain a kind of inner sovereignty, inner independence, inner freedom. And inner strength to attain the absolute.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Elie Wiesel

In my town we studied the five Books of Moses, but rarely the prophets. We studied the Talmud so much that I sometimes knew the prophets because of the prophetic quotations in the Talmud. We almost never studied the prophets themselves.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Elie Wiesel

You cannot write in more than one language. Words don't come out as well.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Elie Wiesel

Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Elie Wiesel

I don't see the junk youth. I only meet students, and even those who are not formally at the university, if they come to listen to me, they come to read me, it means they are not junk students.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Elie Wiesel

I think he is condemned by himself to loneliness. God is One: he was, he is, he will be always One. One is so lonely. Maybe that is why he created human beings--to feel less lonely. But as human beings betray his creation, he may become even lonelier.