Holocaust survivor, humanitarian and writer Elie Wiesel died on July 2 at age 87, CNN Reports . Wiesel was a Nobel Prize winner; he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. In the book Night, published in 1955, Wiesel described in vivid detail how his family was sent to concentration camps in Nazi Germany. One of his most famous quotes:
Indifference, to me, is the epitome of evil.
Wiesel talked about indifference many times.
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Rest in Power #Freedom Fighter #ElieWiesel
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One of my all-time favorite quotes from Elie Wiesel.
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Few have captured the humanity behind the Holocaust better than Wiesel, whose words highlighted the desire for a better world and the power of the human spirit. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Wiesel a master of words. Wiesel once said: Write only if you can’t live without writing. Write only what you alone can write.
The words of Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel appealed to humanity never to be indifferent to suffering. (Facebook / The Elise Wiesel Foundation for Humanity)
And so we turn to Wiesel’s words to remind us of him. Here are some of his most powerful quotes:
Quotes on the power of the human spirit
Elie #Wiesel quotes about God, the Holocaust and humanity
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There are victories of the soul and spirit. Sometimes, even if you lose, you win.
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No human race is superior; no religious faith is inferior. All collective judgments are wrong. Only racists do.
Hope is like peace. It is not a gift from God. It is a gift that we can only give to each other.
[Albert] Camus said: ‘Where there is no hope, hope must be invented.’ It’s only pessimistic if you stop at the first half of the sentence and just say: There is no hope. Like Camus, even when it seems hopeless, I invent reasons to hope ( Time )
Quotes about Elie Wiesel’s views on life and her own feelings
I decided to dedicate my life to telling the story because I felt that, having survived, I owe something to the dead. and whoever does not remember, betrays them again.
I didn’t lose faith in God. I have moments of anger and protest. Sometimes I was closer to him for that reason.
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Writing is not like painting where you add. It’s not what you put on the screen that the reader sees. Writing is more like a sculpture where you remove, you eliminate to make the work visible. Even pages you remove somehow remain.
Humanity must remember that peace is not a gift from God to his creatures; peace is our gift to each other.
Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, take on the quality of actions.
I vowed never to be silent when and where human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We always have to choose a side. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the torturer, not the tormented.
Quotes from the book Trilogy of Night by Elie Wiesel
I will never forget that night, the first night at camp, that turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed… I will never forget those moments that murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust. I will never forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God himself. Never.
We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the torturer, not the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are in danger, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national boundaries and sensitivities become irrelevant. 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.
Then came the march past the victims. The two men were no longer alive. Their tongues were hanging,
swollen and bluish. But the third rope was still moving: the child, very light, was still breathing…
And so he remained for more than half an hour, lingering between life and death, writhing before our eyes.
And we were forced to look at him closely. He was still alive when I passed him. His tongue was still
red, his eyes still unlit.
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Behind me, I heard the same man asking:
For God’s sake, where is God?
And from within me, I heard a voice answer:
Where is he? Here’s where – hanging here on this gallows…
That night the soup tasted like a corpse.