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    The knowledge that I have acquired must not remain imprisoned in my brain. I owe it to many men and women to do something with it. I feel the need to pay back what was given to me. Call it gratitude.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: men  women  gratitude  brain 
     
    Indifference elicits no response. Indifference is not a response. Indifference is not a beginning; it is an end. And, therefore, indifference is always the friend of the enemy, for it benefits the aggressor - never his victim, whose pain is magnified when he or she feels forgotten.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: enemies  pain  friends  enemy  victim 
     
    It is true that not all the victims were Jews, but all the Jews were victims
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: true  victim 
     
    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.
    — Elie Wiesel
    I describe incidents which may or may not have happened but which are true.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: true 
     
    The sins I regret the most are the one's I didn't commit.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: regret  sin 
     
    There is one right I would not grant anyone. And that is the right to be indifferent.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: right 
     
    When our center is strong, everything else is secondary.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: strong 
     
    My anger rises up within faith and not outside it.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: anger  faith 
     
    There are no accidents, only encounters with destiny!
    — Elie Wiesel
    If the victims are my problem, the killers are yours.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: problem  victim 
     
    Night is purer than day; it is better for thinking and loving and dreaming.
    — Elie Wiesel
    God made (human beings) because he loves stories.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: god  stories 
     
    One can do without solutions. Only the questions matter. We may share them or turn away from them.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: questions  shares 
     
    The only way for us to help ourselves is to help others and to listen to each other's stories.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: help  stories 
     
    When has religion ever been unifying? Religion has introduced many wars in this world, enough bloodshed and violence.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: world  violence  war 
     
    If you ask me what I want to achieve, it's to create an awareness, which is already the beginning of teaching.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: achieve  teaching 
     
    I was the accuser, God the accused. My eyes were open and I was alone - terribly alone in a world without God and without (hu)man(ity).
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: world  alone  eyes  god 
     
    This is the role of writers: to turn their tears into a story- and perhaps into a prayer.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: tears  prayer 
     
    Gratitude is a word that I cherish. Gratitude is what defines the happiness and humanity of the human being.
    — Elie Wiesel
    I was there when God was put on trial.... At the end of the trial, they used the word chayav, rather than 'guilty'. It means 'He owes us something'. Then we went to pray.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: god  pray 
     
    The Holocaust is a sacred subject. One should take off one's shoes when entering its domain, one should tremble each time one pronounces the word.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: time  sacred 
     
    I don't think I should accept other people's suffering because I suffered. Just the opposite, because I suffered I don't want others to suffer.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: suffering 
     
    The impact of the holocaust on believers as well as unbelievers, on Jews as well as Christians, has not yet been evaluated. Not deeply, not enough.
    — Elie Wiesel
    The only place where I felt at home, on familiar ground, was the Jewish cemetery. And yet I had never set foot in it before. Children had been forbidden to enter.
    — Elie Wiesel
    If God exists, how can we lay claim to freedom, since He is its beginning and its end?
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: freedom  god 
     
    What would the future of man be if it were devoid of memory?
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: men  future 
     
    Today, as yesterday, a nation is judged by its attitude towards refugees,
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: attitude 
     
    In spite of despair, hope must exist. In spite of suffering, humanity must prevail. And in spite of all the differences in the world, the worst enemy, the worst peril, is indifference.
    — Elie Wiesel
    We must choose between the violence of adults and the smiles of children.
    — Elie Wiesel
    The danger lies in forgetting.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: lies  danger 
     
    Warmed- over loves and soups are generally not recommended.
    — Elie Wiesel
    No commandment surpasses the one concerning the liberation of hostages, for they are among the starving, the thirsting, the stripped, always in danger of death.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: death  danger 
     
    You take a text, you explore it, you enter it with all your heart and all your mind.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: heart  mind 
     
    A word is worth a thousand pictures.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: worth 
     
    We were masters of nature, masters of the world. We had forgotten everything - death, fatigue, our natural needs. Stronger than cold or hunger, stronger than the shots and the desire to die, condemned and wandering, mere numbers, we were the only men on earth.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: death  desires  nature  men  world  master  earth  hunger  die 
     
    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.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: crimes  time  men  human  fun  god  sin 
     
    It all happened so fast. The ghetto. The deportation. The sealed cattle car. The fiery altar upon which the history of our people and the future of mankind were meant to be sacrificed.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: people  future  mankind 
     
    Life is really fascinated only by death. It vibrates only when it comes in contact with death.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: death 
     
    The sky is so close to the sea that it is difficult to tell which is reflected in the other, which one needs the other, which one is dominating the other.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: sky 
     
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