What hurts the victim most is not the cruelty of the oppressor, but the silence of the bystander.

— Elie Wiesel

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Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Whenever men or 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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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.

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

The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.

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Elie Wiesel quote There may be times when we are powerless

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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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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Take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim.

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Young people want to learn, they are thirsty for knowledge, they want to understand and remember. The main thing is to teach them where not to go. Oppression, not to go; dictatorship, not to go; racism and prejudice, absolutely not to go. This is a moral plan [for society].

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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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The opposite of love is not hate, but indifference.

Indifference creates evil. Hatred is evil itself. Indifference is what allows evil to be strong, what gives it power.

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Even in darkness it is possible to create light.

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No human being is illegal. That is a contradiction in terms. Human beings can be beautiful or more beautiful, they can be fat or skinny, they can be right or wrong, but illegal? How can a human being be illegal?

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I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation.

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

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About Elie Wiesel

Quotes 553 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Novelist
Birthday September 30, 1928

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.

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Be careful with words, they're dangerous.

Be wary of them. They begat either demons or angels. It's up to you to give life to one or the other. Be careful, I tell you, nothing is as dangerous as giving free rein to words

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Indifference, to me, is the epitome of evil.

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Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to life as long as God himself

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For the dead and the living, we must bear witness.

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Today, as yesterday, a nation is judged by its attitude towards refugees.

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A destruction, an annihilation that only man can provoke, only man can prevent.

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In order to fly, you have to give up the ground you are standing on.

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Why is war such an easy option? Why does peace remain such an elusive goal? We know statesmen skilled at waging war, but where are those dedicated enough to humanity to find a way to avoid war

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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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Just as man cannot live without dreams, he cannot live without hope.

If dreams reflect the past, hope summons the future.

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In the face of suffering, one has no right to turn away, not to see.

In the face of injustice, one may not look the other way. When someone suffers, and it is not you, that person comes first. One's very suffering gives one priority. . . . To watch over one who grieves is a more urgent duty than to think of God.

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Ultimately, the only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself.

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I write to understand as much as to be understood.

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We are all teachers, or should be. Anyone who relays experience to another person is a teacher. Not to transmit your experience is to betray it.

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

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One person of integrity can make a difference.

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When you die and go to heaven our maker is not going to ask, 'why didn't you discover the cure for such and such? why didn't you become the Messiah?' The only question we will be asked in that precious moment is 'why didn't you become you?'

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Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love.

Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing.

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Our obligation is to give meaning to life and in doing so to overcome the passive, indifferent life.

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When a person doesn't have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity.

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you can do something. You can, even for one person Don't turn away; help. Because those who suffer, often suffer not because of the person or the group that inflicts the suffering; they seem to suffer because nobody cares.

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In the word question, there is a beautiful word - quest. I love that word.

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

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For us it's not easy to be conformist, I cannot stand to be conformist, I don't accept what it is, I like to say no. If I see an injustice I scream.

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Night is purer than day; it is better for thinking and loving and dreaming.

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Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.

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Emphasis must be put on learning: there is no substitute to education.

It can be briefly formulated in a few words: always, whatever you do in life, think higher and feel deeper.

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Mankind must remember that peace is not God's gift to his creatures; peace is our gift to each other.

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

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Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love.

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Education in the key to preventing the cycle of violence and hatred that marred the 20th century from repeating itself in the 21st century.

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You’re shaking … so am I. It’s because of Jerusalem, isn’t it? One doesn’t go to Jerusalem, one returns to it. That’s one of its mysteries.

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Mankind needs peace more than ever, for our entire planet, threatened by nuclear war, is in danger of total destruction. A destruction only man can provoke, only man can prevent.

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To forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time.

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I remember those faces of people who were good I saw that.

I saw a father who gave his bread to his son and his son gave back the bread to his father. That, to me, was such a defeat of the enemies, will of the enemies, theories of the enemies, aspirations, here [in Auschwitz].

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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.

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