“One person of integrity can make a difference” are the powerful words of Elie Wiesel. Author of ‘Night‘ which describes his experiences at Auschwitz concentration camp, Wiesel was described as a “messenger to mankind,” when he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. He died at the age of 87.
Here are few of Elie Wiesel’s most powerful quotes –
1) “We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”
2) “Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men or women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must—at that moment—become the center of the universe.”
3) “Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing.”
4) “No human race is superior; no religious faith is inferior. All collective judgments are wrong. Only racists make them.”
5) “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.”
6) “Think higher, feel deeper.”
7) “No human being is illegal.”
8) “There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.”
9) “One person of integrity can make a difference.”
10) “When a person doesn’t have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity. A person can almost be defined by his or her attitude toward gratitude.”
11) “To forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time.”
12) There is divine beauty in learning. To learn means to accept the postulate that life did not begin at my birth. Others have been here before me, and I walk in their footsteps. The books I have read were composed by generations of fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, teachers and disciples. I am the sum total of their experiences, their quests. And so are you.
13) For the dead and the living, we must bear witness.
14) Write only if you cannot live without writing. Write only what you alone can write.
15) For in the end, it is all about memory, its sources and its magnitude, and, of course, its consequences.
16) Which is worse? Killing with hate or killing without hate?
17) One more stab to the heart, one more reason to hate. One less reason to live.
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