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By Anonym 15 Sep

Elie Wiesel

Usually I get up early every morning and from 6:00 to 10:00 I write. The rest of the time I study and prepare my work or I do other things. But four hours a day are exclusively devoted to writing.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Elie Wiesel

Man prefers to blame himself for all possible sins and crimes rather than come to the conclusion that God is capable of the most flagrant injustice. I still blush every time I think of the way God makes fun of human beings, his favorite toys.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Elie Wiesel

I remember when I heard the words "Biblical criticism" in my town, it was with disdain: "Biblical criticism? How dare you?".

By Anonym 13 Sep

Elie Wiesel

I make a difference between genocide and Holocaust. Holocaust was mainly Jewish, that was the only people, to the last Jew, sentenced to die for one reason, for being Jewish, that's all. Genocide is something else. Genocide has been actually codified by the United Nations. It's the intent of killing, the intent of killing people, a community in this culture so forth, but no other people has been really interested.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Elie Wiesel

A mn ages hs enemy because he hates his own hate. He says to himself: I hate him not because he's my enemy, not because he hates me, but because he arouses me to hate.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Elie Wiesel

We know, for instance, of "The Book of the Wars of the Lord." It is mentioned in the text [Numbers 21:14]. There was a book: Where is it? One day you will dig and you will maybe find it. [Laughter]

By Anonym 15 Sep

Elie Wiesel

There are real people behind the [Bible] stories.

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 14 Sep

Elie Wiesel

Nobody is stronger, nobody is weaker than someone who came back. There is nothing you can do to such a person because whatever you could do is less than what has already been done to him. We have already paid the price.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Elie Wiesel

You're at the bottom of the mountain. May you climb up without suffering.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Elie Wiesel

The Vietnam War ended because of the campus situation. And so many other injustices have been corrected in the World today only thanks to the young people. So, young people especially have a responsibility for Tibet.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Elie Wiesel

Every nation has its prestigious military academies - or so few of them - that reach not only the virtues of peace but also the art of attaining it? I mean attaining and protecting it by means other than weapons, the tools of war. Why are we surprised whenever war recedes and yields to peace?

By Anonym 14 Sep

Elie Wiesel

It was like a page torn from a history book, from some historical novel about the captivity of babylon or Spanish Inquisition.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Elie Wiesel

Someone who hates one group will end up hating everyone - and, ultimately, hating himself or herself.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Elie Wiesel

Do you know what laughter is? I'll tell you. It's God's mistake. When God made man in order to bend him to his wishes he carelessly gave him the gift of laughter.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Elie Wiesel

[Moishe] explained to me, with great emphasis, that every question possessed a power that was lost in the answer.... And why do you pray, Moishe?' I asked him. I pray to the God within me for the strength to ask Him the real questions.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Elie Wiesel

My loyalty to my people, to our people, and to Israel comes first and prevents me from saying anything critical of Israel outside Israel… As a Jew I see my role as a melitz yosher, a defender of Israel: I defend even her mistakes… I must identify with whatever Israel does – even with her errors.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Elie Wiesel

Indifference, to me, is the epitome of evil.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Elie Wiesel

Each man was his own executioner and his own victim.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Elie Wiesel

The books I have read were composed by generations of fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, teachers and disciples. I am the sum total of their experiences, and so are you.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Elie Wiesel

Every moment is a moment of grace, every hour an offering; not to share them would mean to betray them.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Elie Wiesel

I describe incidents which may or may not have happened but which are true.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Elie Wiesel

What is abnormal is that I am normal. That I survived the Holocaust and went on to love beautiful girls, to talk, to write, to have toast and tea and live my life—that is what is abnormal.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Elie Wiesel

My faith is a wounded faith, but my life is not without faith. I didn't divorce God, but I'm quarrelling and arguing and questioning, it's a wounded faith.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Elie Wiesel

Gratitude is a word that I cherish. Gratitude is what defines the happiness and humanity of the human being.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Elie Wiesel

Still I believe that Hanna Arendt, she was wrong when she tried to say that we are all actually capable of this, it's not true. I think it's not true. There are certain things human beings are not capable of. I mean people, even normal human beings. You have to do certain things in order to become what the enemy was and I didn't accept her philosophical outlook on that.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Elie Wiesel

Tibet, why is it occupied? For political reasons maybe they have a reason. I don't know. But religiously, why? The fact that the religious community is being oppressed and persecuted is something that every single person in the world who has any religious faith and religious feeling for - for people who have faith should speak up.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Elie Wiesel

Perhaps some day someone will explain how, on the level of man, Auschwitz was possible; but on the level of God, it will forever remain the most disturbing of mysteries.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Elie Wiesel

My ambition really was, even as a child, to be a writer, a commentator, and a teacher, but a teacher of Talmud.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Elie Wiesel

The darkest days in my life after the war, after the war, was when I discovered that the ... most of the members and commanders of the Einsatz group that were doing the killings, not even in gas chambers, but killing with machine guns, had college degrees from German universities and PhD's and MD's. Couldn't believe it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Elie Wiesel

I have an open mind - - I read, I study, I study your work and the work of other people with less talent. But that is not what I do in my writing and teaching. Still the love for the text we have in common.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Elie Wiesel

There are no accidents, only encounters with destiny!

By Anonym 17 Sep

Elie Wiesel

Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust. Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself. Never.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Elie Wiesel

The most important question a human being has to face... What is it? The question, Why are we here?

By Anonym 14 Sep

Elie Wiesel

One person of integrity can make a difference.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Elie Wiesel

What [Franz] Kafka says about the Tower of Babel: In the beginning there were actually many languages, and then as a punishment God gave the world a single language. And then they stopped understanding each other.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Elie Wiesel

It is obvious that the war which Hitler and his accomplices waged was a war not only against Jewish men, women, and children, but also against Jewish religion, Jewish culture, Jewish tradition, therefore Jewish memory.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Elie Wiesel

There is not anti-semitism as an ideology. The civilized world must think that anti-semitism is stupid.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Elie Wiesel

Even in darkness it is possible to create light and encourage compassion. That it is possible to feel free inside a prison. That even in exile, friendship exists and can become an anchor. That one instant before dying, man is still immortal.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Elie Wiesel

I had many things to say, I did not have the words to say them. Painfully aware of my limitations, I watched helplessly as language became an obstacle…. Writing in my mother tongue—at that point close to extinction—I would pause at every sentence, and start over and over again…. All the dictionary had to offer seemed meager, pale, lifeless.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Elie Wiesel

No one is as capable of gratitude as one who has escaped the kingdom of night.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Elie Wiesel

Moses was the greatest legislator and the commander in chief of perhaps the first liberation army.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Elie Wiesel

The Jewish tradition of learning-is learning. Adam chose knowledge instead of immortality.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Elie Wiesel

Even in darkness it is possible to create light.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Elie Wiesel

Refugee today means somebody who has no home. No homeland. No security. No government to protect him or her. And it is of course one feels not only uprooted, one feels useless. One feels always surrounded by hostile forces. Arousing suspicion.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Elie Wiesel

Why do you pray?" he asked me, after a moment. Why did I pray? A strange question. Why did I live? Why did I breathe? "I don't know why," I said, even more disturbed and ill at ease. "I don't know why." After that day I saw him often. He explained to me with great insistence that every question possessed a power that did not lie in the answer. "Man raises himself toward God by the questions he asks Him," he was fond of repeating. "That is the true dialogue. Man questions God and God answers. But we don't understand His answers. We can't understand them. Because they come from the depths of the soul, and they stay there until death. You will find the true answers, Eliezer, only within yourself!" "And why do you pray, Moshe?" I asked him. "I pray to the God within me that He will give me the strength to ask Him the right questions.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Elie Wiesel

The sincere Christian knows that what died in Auschwitz was not the Jewish people but Christianity.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Elie Wiesel

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Elie Wiesel

I believe in God--in spite of God! I believe in Mankind--in spite of Mankind! I believe in the Future--in spite of the Past!

By Anonym 18 Sep

Elie Wiesel

Our backyard looked like a marketplace. Valuable objects, precious rugs, silver candlesticks, Bibles and other ritual objects were strewn over the dusty grounds- pitiful relics that seemed never to have had a home. All this under a magnificent blue sky.