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    The more you ask certain questions, the more dangerous they become.
    — Elie Wiesel
    Every moment contains a spark of eternity.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: moment  eternity 
     
    Even in darkness it is possible to create light and encourage compassion. That it is possible to feel free inside a prison. That even in exile, friendship exists and can become an anchor. That one instant before dying, man is still immortal.
    — Elie Wiesel
    It always hurts when you lose a secret.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: secret  hurt 
     
    Paris: city of encounters, of furtive and painful discoveries. All isms converge there, including the anti-isms, all the revolutionaries too, including the counterrevolutionaries .
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: discovery 
     
    The deeper the nostalgia and the more complete the fear, the purer, the richer the word and the secret.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: fear  secret  nostalgia 
     
    every question possessed a power that was lost in the answer…
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: power  lost  questions 
     
    I believe in God- in spite of God! I believe in Mankind- in spite of Mankind! I believe in the Future--in spite of the Past!
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: believe 
     
    A disciple came to the celebrated Master of the Good Name with a question. "Rabbi, how are we to distinguish between a true master and a fake?" And the master of the good name said, "When you meet a person who poses as a master, ask him a question: whether he knows how to purify your thoughts. If he says that he knows, then he is a fake.
    — Elie Wiesel
    I am much more afraid of my good deeds that please me than of my bad deeds that repel me.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: bad  afraid 
     
    We're alone, but we are capable of communicating to one another both our loneliness and our desire to break through it. You say, 'I'm alone.' Someone answers, 'I'm alone too.' There's a shift in the scale of power. A bridge is thrown between the two abysses.
    — Elie Wiesel
    A man can laugh while he suffers.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: men 
     
    And to write is to sow and to reap at the same time.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: time  write 
     
    Memory feeds a culture, nourishes hope and makes a human, human.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: memory  culture  human  hope 
     
    It is up to us to determine whether the years ahead will be for humankind a curse or a blessing. We always must remember that it is given to men and women to choose life and living, not death and destruction.
    — Elie Wiesel
    Knowledge does not corrupt, unless it is arrogant; but then it is not true knowledge.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: true  corrupt 
     
    Always remember, my good friends, that there is one sin we must never commit, and it is to humiliate another person or to allow another person to be humiliated in our presence without us screaming and shouting and protesting.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: people  friends  sin 
     
    Take sides. Neutrality always serves the oppressor and never the oppressed.
    — Elie Wiesel
    A holy war is a contradiction in terms. War dehumanizes, war diminishes, war debases all those who wage it.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: holy  war 
     
    We still are looking for someone who knows the secret of immortality. Only God is immortal; we are not.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: secret  immortality  god 
     
    I don't believe in collective guilt. The children of killers are not killers, but children.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: children  believe  guilt  child 
     
    Therefore, all my adult life, since I began my life as an author, or as a teacher, I always try to listen to the victim.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: adult  author  victim 
     
    My ambition really was, even as a child, to be a writer, a commentator, and a teacher, but a teacher of Talmud.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: children  ambition  child 
     
    Simply because, one hand, there are the haters, The hater has power. All we can do is oppose it, or one becomes an accomplice.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: power 
     
    He wants to see whether we are capable of overcoming out base instincts, of killing the Satan within ourselves. We have no right to despair. And if he punishes us mercilessly, it is a sign that He loves us that much more ...
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: despair  right  satan  instinct 
     
    It may well be that our means are fairly limited and our possibilities restricted when it comes to applying pressure on our government But is this a reason to do nothing? Despair is nor an answer Neither is resignation Resignation only leads to indifference, which is not merely a sin but a punishment.
    — Elie Wiesel
    Drawn to childhood, the old man will seek it in a thousand different ways.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: men  childhood 
     
    Granted that every war is madness-civil war, fratricide, is the worst of all; it reaches deeper into ugliness, cruelty and absurdity.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: cruelty  war 
     
    What is being lost is the magic of the word. I am not an image person. Imagery belongs to another civilization: the caveman. Caveman couldn't express himself so he put images on walls.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: people  magic  lost 
     
    Man asks and God replies but we don't understand his replies because they dwell in the depths of our souls and remain there until we die.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: men  soul  die  god 
     
    It's not hatred that kills people, it's indifference
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: people  hatred 
     
    Because I survived, I must do everything possible to help others.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: help 
     
    Writers write because they cannot allow the characters that inhabit them to suffocate them. These characters want to get out, to breathe fresh air and partake of the wine of friendship; were they to remain locked in, they would forcibly break down the walls. It is they who force the writer to tell their stories.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: character  stories  write 
     
    Next to him lay his violin, trampled, an eerily poignant little corpse.
    — Elie Wiesel
    The criminal is not alone when he returns to the scene of the crime; he is joined there by his victim, and both are driven by the same curiosity: to relive that moment which stamped past and future for each.
    — Elie Wiesel
    Man, by definition, is born a stranger: coming from nowhere, he is thrust into an alien world which existed before him-a world which didn't need him. And which will survive him.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: men  world  definition 
     
    The opposite of faith is not heresy but indifference
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: faith 
     
    I think that human beings are capable of the worst things possible and they show that there were times, and there probably are times, that it is human to be inhuman.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: time  human 
     
    Fanaticism in many lands has surfaced as the greatest threat to the world. Indifference to its consequences would be a serious mistake.
    — Elie Wiesel
    For me democracy is the only way of life. The opposite is dictatorship or anarchy.
    — Elie Wiesel
    tags: anarchy  democracy 
     
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