Elie Wiesel

Author, Professor, Activist

September 30, 1928 - July 2, 2016

September 30, 1928 - July 2, 2016

Author, Professor, Activist


70 Greatest Quotes By Elie Wiesel

I believe in superstitions. You don't talk about a child who hasn't been born. Elie Wiesel
To remain silent and indifferent is the greatest sin of all. Elie Wiesel
It was neither German nor Jew who ruled the ghetto - it was illusion. Elie Wiesel
Most people think that shadows follow, precede or surround beings or objects. The truth is that they also surround words, ideas, desires, deeds, impulses and memories. Elie Wiesel
What hurts the victim most is not the cruelty of the oppressor, but the silence of the bystander. Elie Wiesel
Once you bring life into the world, you must protect it. We must protect it by changing the world. Elie Wiesel
In the beginning there was faith - which is childish; trust - which is vain; and illusion - which is dangerous. Elie Wiesel
There is much to be done, there is much that can be done... one person of integrity can make a difference. Elie Wiesel
In the face of suffering, one has no right to turn away, not to see. Elie Wiesel
Even in darkness it is possible to create light. Elie Wiesel
Someone who hates one group will end up hating everyone - and, ultimately, hating himself or herself. Elie Wiesel
In order to fly, you have to give up the ground you are standing on. Elie Wiesel
I have to be self-conscious of what I'm trying to do with my life. Elie Wiesel
Human beings should be held accountable. Leave God alone. He has enough problems. Elie Wiesel
I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. Elie Wiesel
[Friedrich] Nietzsche said something marvellous, he said "Madness is not a consequence of uncertainty but of certainty", and this is fanaticism. Elie Wiesel
Hope is like peace. It is not a gift from God. It is a gift only we can give one another. Elie Wiesel
We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Elie Wiesel
For in my tradition, as a Jew, I believe that whatever we receive we must share. Elie Wiesel
It's clear to me that one can't be Jewish without Israel. Religious or non-religious, Zionist or non-Zionist, Ashkenazi or Sephardic - all these will not exist without Israel. Elie Wiesel
Every single human being is a unique human being. And, therefore, it's so criminal to do something to that human being, because he or she represents humanity. Elie Wiesel
In the word question, there is a beautiful word - quest. I love that word. Elie Wiesel
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. Elie Wiesel
This is the role of writers: to turn their tears into a story - and perhaps into a prayer. Elie Wiesel
Because of indifference, one dies before one actually dies. Elie Wiesel
We have to go into the despair and go beyond it, by working and doing for somebody else, by using it for something else. Elie Wiesel
In any society, fanatics who hate don't hate only me - they hate you, too. They hate everybody. Elie Wiesel
For the dead and the living, we must bear witness. Elie Wiesel
I will say, with memoir, you must be honest. You must be truthful. Elie Wiesel
Just as despair can come to one only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings. Elie Wiesel
Mankind must remember that peace is not God's gift to his creatures; peace is our gift to each other. Elie Wiesel
Our obligation is to give meaning to life and in doing so to overcome the passive, indifferent life. Elie Wiesel
The philosophers are wrong: it is not words that kill, it is silence. Elie Wiesel
Without memory, there is no culture. Without memory, there would be no civilization, no society, no future. Elie Wiesel
I have not lost faith in God. I have moments of anger and protest. Sometimes I've been closer to him for that reason. 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. Elie Wiesel
For me, every hour is grace. And I feel gratitude in my heart each time I can meet someone and look at his or her smile. Elie Wiesel
There are victories of the soul and spirit. Sometimes, even if you lose, you win. Elie Wiesel
Only the guilty are guilty: the children of killers are not killers, but children. Elie Wiesel
Life is not a fist. Life is an open hand waiting for some other hand to enter it. Elie Wiesel
Man, as long as he lives, is immortal. One minute before his death he shall be immortal. But one minute later, God wins. Elie Wiesel
If I were immersed in constant melancholy, I would not be who I am. Elie Wiesel
Just as man cannot live without dreams, he cannot live without hope. If dreams reflect the past, hope summons the future. Elie Wiesel
When a person doesn't have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity. Elie Wiesel
Every moment contains a spark of eternity. Elie Wiesel
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. Elie Wiesel
Ultimately, the only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself. Elie Wiesel
Human suffering anywhere concerns men and women everywhere. Elie Wiesel
Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. 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. Elie Wiesel
I've given my life to the principle and the ideal of memory, and remembrance. Elie Wiesel