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    Everybody around us was weeping. Someone began to recite Kaddish, the prayer for the dead. I don't know whether, during the history of the Jewish people, men have ever before recited Kaddish for themselves.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: men  people  prayer 
     
    I still believe in man in spite of man. I believe in language even though it has been wounded, deformed, and perverted by the enemies of mankind. And I continue to cling to words because it is up to us to transform them into instruments of comprehension rather than contempt. It is up to us to choose whether we wish to use them to curse or to heal, to wound or to console.
    — Elie Wiesel
    Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to life as long as God himself
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: god 
     
    The world? The world is not interested in us. Today, everything is possible, even the crematoria...
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: world 
     
    I shall never forget Juliek. How could I forget this concert given before an audience of the dead and dying? Even today, when I hear that particular piece by Beethoven, my eyes close and out of the darkness emerges the pale and melancholy face of my Polish comrade bidding farewell to an audience of dying men.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: men  darkness  dying  eyes 
     
    Some stories are true that never happened.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: true  stories 
     
    Never shall I forget the little faces of the children, whose bodies turned into wreaths of smoke beneath a silent blue sky.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: children  body  child  sky  smoke 
     
    Only fanatics- in religion as well as in politics- can find a meaning in someone else's death.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: death  meaning 
     
    Never shall I forget those moments that murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to ashes.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: soul  moment  god  dreams 
     
    Indifference to me, is the epitome of all evil.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: evil 
     
    I've been fighting my entire adult life for men and women everywhere to be equal and to be different. But there is one right I would not grant anyone. And that is the right to be indifferent.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: men  women  adult  right  fighting 
     
    Bread, soup - these were my whole life. I was a body. Perhaps less than that even: a starved stomach. The stomach alone was aware of the passage of time.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: time  alone  body 
     
    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
    tags: memory 
     
    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.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: live  beautiful  girls  write 
     
    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
    tags: time  heart  grace  gratitude  smile 
     
    A destruction, an annihilation that only man can provoke, only man can prevent.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: men  destruction 
     
    I will say, with memoir, you must be honest. You must be truthful.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: memoir 
     
    Because I remember, I despair. Because I remember, I have the duty to reject despair.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: despair 
     
    Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: grace  moment  quality 
     
    I decided to devote my life to telling the story because I felt that having survived I owe something to the dead. and anyone who does not remember betrays them again.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: stories 
     
    In any society, fanatics who hate don't hate only me - they hate you, too. They hate everybody.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: society  hate 
     
    When a person doesn't have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity.
    — Elie Wiesel
    Once you bring life into the world, you must protect it. We must protect it by changing the world.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: world 
     
    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
    tags: death  men  live  immortal  god 
     
    Mankind must remember that peace is not God's gift to his creatures; peace is our gift to each other.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: peace  mankind  gift  god 
     
    No human race is superior; no religious faith is inferior. All collective judgments are wrong. Only racists make them.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: human  wrong  faith  religious  race 
     
    We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.
    — 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
    tags: peace  gift  god  hope 
     
    Without memory, there is no culture. Without memory, there would be no civilization, no society, no future.
    — Elie Wiesel
    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.
    — Elie Wiesel
    I would like to see real peace and a state of Israel living peacefully alongside a state of Palestine.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: peace  living  real 
     
    When I was young I lost everything.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: young  lost 
     
    Language failed me very often, but then, the substitute for me was silence, but not violence.
    — Elie Wiesel
    One always goes back to one's childhood in the beginning, and I come from a very religious family and surrounding. Very religious.
    — Elie Wiesel
    I believe in superstitions. You don't talk about a child who hasn't been born.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: children  believe  child 
     
    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
    tags: human  despair  hope 
     
    I'll tell you what: I believe mysticism is a very serious endeavor. One must be equipped for it.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: believe  mysticism 
     
    You would be amazed at the number of doors a Nobel Prize opens.
    — Elie Wiesel
    I have to be self- conscious of what I'm trying to do with my life.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: conscious 
     
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