Eliezer Wiesel is a Romania-born American novelist, political activist, and Holocaust survivor of Hungarian Jewish descent. He is the author of over 40 books, the best known of which is Night, a memoir that describes his experiences during the Holocaust and his imprisonment in several concentration camps.Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986.
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I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.
I have not lost faith in God. I have moments of anger and protest. Sometimes I've been closer to him for that reason.
I do not recall a Jewish home without a book on the table.
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.
For the dead and the living, we must bear witness.
Indifference, to me, is the epitome of evil.
Because of indifference, one dies before one actually dies.
Now, when I hear that Christians are getting together in order to defend the people of Israel, of course it brings joy to my heart. And it simply says, look, people have learned from history.
We have to go into the despair and go beyond it, by working and doing for somebody else, by using it for something else.
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.
When my father was born, it was part of the Austro-Hungarian empire.
When I was born, it was Lithuania. When I left, it was Hungary. It is difficult to say where I come from.
There is divine beauty in learning, just as there is human beauty in tolerance.
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. 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, their quests. And so are you.
I was very, very religious. And of course I wrote about it in 'Night.' I questioned God's silence. So I questioned. I don't have an answer for that. Does it mean that I stopped having faith? No. I have faith, but I question it.
A destruction, an annihilation that only man can provoke, only man can prevent.
It used to be said that when the Baal Shem Tov came into a town, his impact was so strong, he didn't have to speak. His disciples had to dance or to sing or to preach to have the same effect. I think a real messenger, myself or anyone, by the very fact that he is there as a person, as a symbol, could have the same impact.
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.
My greatest disappointment is that I believe that those of us who went through the war and tried to write about it, about their experience, became messengers. We have given the message, and nothing changed.
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'm a teacher and a writer; my life is words. When I see the denigration of language, it hurts me, and it's easy to denigrate a word by trivializing it.
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.
I would like to see real peace and a state of Israel living peacefully alongside a state of Palestine.
I'll tell you what: I believe mysticism is a very serious endeavor. One must be equipped for it.
If I were immersed in constant melancholy, I would not be who I am.
Someone who hates one group will end up hating everyone - and, ultimately, hating himself or herself.
Sometimes I am asked if I know 'the response to Auschwitz;
I answer that not only do I not know it, but that I don't even know if a tragedy of this magnitude has a response.
I will say, with memoir, you must be honest. You must be truthful.
Moses was the greatest legislator and the commander in chief of perhaps the first liberation army.
When did I learn the Bible? When I was four or five years old.
It's still the pull of my childhood, a fascination with the vanished world, and I can find everything except that world.
I have to be self-conscious of what I'm trying to do with my life.
Religion is a very personal thing for me. Religion has its good moments and its poor moments.
Peace is our gift to each other.
In Jewish history there are no coincidences.
The Bible is not only laws, it's also stories.
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.