Elie Wiesel


Elie Wiesel Quotes

  • ''What does mysticism really mean? It means the way to attain knowledge. It's close to philosophy, except in philosophy you go horizontally while in mysticism you go vertically.''
    Elie Wiesel (b. 1928), Rumanian-born U.S. writer. Interview in Writers at Work, Eighth Series, ed. George Plimpton (1988).
    6 person liked.
    2 person did not like.
  • ''Nobody is stronger, nobody is weaker than someone who came back. There is nothing you can do to such a person because whatever you could do is less than what has already been done to him. We have already paid the price.''
    Elie Wiesel (b. 1928), Rumanian-born U.S. writer. Interview in Writers at Work, Eighth Series, ed. George Plimpton (1988).
  • ''That is my major preoccupation—memory, the kingdom of memory. I want to protect and enrich that kingdom, glorify that kingdom and serve it.''
    Elie Wiesel (b. 1928), Rumanian-born U.S. writer. Interview in Writers at Work, Eighth Series, ed. George Plimpton (1988). "God" Wiesel added, "from the religious point of view is part of that kingdom."
  • ''I don't believe in accidents. There are only encounters in history. There are no accidents.''
    Elie Wiesel (b. 1928), Romanian-born U.S. writer. Quoted in International Herald Tribune (Paris, September 15, 1992).
  • ''The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.''
    Elie Wiesel (b. 1928), Romanian-born U.S. writer. U.S. News and World Report (New York, Oct. 27, 1986).
  • ''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 (b. 1928), Romanian-born U.S. writer. Nobel lecture, December 11, 1986, Oslo.
  • ''Because I remember, I despair. Because I remember, I have the duty to reject despair.''
    Elie Wiesel (b. 1928), Rumanian-born U.S. writer. Nobel lecture, Dec. 11, 1986, Oslo, Norway.
  • ''I marvel at the resilience of the Jewish people. Their best characteristic is their desire to remember. No other people has such an obsession with memory.''
    Elie Wiesel (b. 1928), Rumanian-born U.S. writer. Daily Mail (London, July 15, 1988).
  • ''Once you bring life into the world, you must protect it. We must protect it by changing the world.''
    Elie Wiesel (b. 1928), Romanian-born U.S. writer. Interview in Writers at Work, Eighth Series, ed. George Plimpton (1988).

Read more quotations »
[Report Error]