Elie Wiesel quotes

Born
September 30, 1928 Sighet, Kingdom of Romania.

Died
July 2, 2016.

Occupation
Author, professor, activist.

Elie Wiesel was a Romanian-born American Jewish writer, professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate, and Holocaust survivor. He authored 57 books, written mostly in French and English, including Night, a work based on his experiences as a prisoner in the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps.

Someone who hates one group will end up hating everyone – and, ultimately, hating himself or herself.
– Elie Wiesel
We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.
– Elie Wiesel
Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must – at that moment – become the center of the universe.
– Elie Wiesel
Religion is not man’s relationship to God, it is man’s relationship to man.
– Elie Wiesel
When a person doesn’t have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity
– 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
In any society, fanatics who hate don’t hate only me – they hate you, too. They hate everybody.
– Elie Wiesel
Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds.
– Elie Wiesel
I never teach the same course twice.
– Elie Wiesel
Some stories are true that never happened.
– Elie Wiesel
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
A destruction, an annihilation that only man can provoke, only man can prevent.
– Elie Wiesel
Without memory, there is no culture. Without memory, there would be no civilization, no society, no future.
– Elie Wiesel
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
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
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
Our obligation is to give meaning to life and in doing so to overcome the passive, indifferent life.
– Elie Wiesel
I believe in superstitions. You don’t talk about a child who hasn’t been born.
– Elie Wiesel
Peace is our gift to each other.
– Elie Wiesel
There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.
– 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
No human race is superior; no religious faith is inferior. All collective judgments are wrong. Only racists make them.
– Elie Wiesel
Indifference, to me, is the epitome of evil.
– Elie Wiesel
I will say, with memoir, you must be honest. You must be truthful.
– Elie Wiesel
I would like to see real peace and a state of Israel living peacefully alongside a state of Palestine.
– Elie Wiesel
For me, every hour is grace.
– Elie Wiesel
After all, God is God because he remembers.
– Elie Wiesel
Because of indifference, one dies before one actually dies.
– Elie Wiesel
Once you bring life into the world, you must protect it. We must protect it by changing the world.
– Elie Wiesel
The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.
– Elie Wiesel
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
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
The Bible is not only laws, it’s also stories.
– Elie Wiesel