Elie Wiesel Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old elie wiesel quotes, elie wiesel sayings, and elie wiesel proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing     

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Ultimately, the only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself.     

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Only one enemy is worse than despair: indifference. In every area of human creativity, indifference is the enemy; indifference of evil is worse than evil, because it is also sterile.     

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No human race is superior; no religious faith is inferior. All collective judgments are wrong. Only racists make them     

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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.     

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Ultimately, the only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself.     

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Human suffering anywhere concerns men and women everywhere.     

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Our obligation is to give meaning to life and in doing so to overcome the passive, indifferent life.     

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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.     

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Waking among the dead, one wondered if one was still alive. And yet real despair only seized us later. Afterwards. As we emerged from the nightmare and began to search for meaning.     

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Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing.     

Elie Wiesel

Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing.     

Elie Wiesel

Ultimately, the only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself.     

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The only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself.      

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The deeper the nostalgia and the more complete the fear, the purer, the richer the word and the secret.     

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I do not recall a Jewish home without a book on the table.     

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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.     

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In Jewish history there are no coincidences.     

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No human race is superior; no religious faith is inferior. All collective judgments are wrong. Only racists make them.     

Elie Wiesel

Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing.     

Elie Wiesel

Terrorism must be outlawed by all civilized nations, not explained or rationalized, but fought and eradicated. Nothing can, nothing will justify the murder of innocent people and helpless children.     

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Because I remember, I despair. Because I remember, I have the duty to reject despair.     

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A destruction, an annihilation that only man can provoke, only man can prevent.     

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There are victories of the soul and spirit. Sometimes, even if you lose, you win.     

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There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.     

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Once you bring life into the world, you must protect it. We must protect it by changing the world.     

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No human race is superior; no religious faith is inferior. All collective judgments are wrong. Only racists make them.     

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What hurts the victim most is not the cruelty of the oppressor, but the silence of the bystander.     

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Mankind must remember that peace is not God's gift to his creatures; peace is our gift to each other.     

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I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.     

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