Zitat des Tages von Elie Wiesel:
Hope is like peace. It is not a gift from God. It is a gift only we can give one another.
Peace is our gift to each other.
The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference.
Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing.
Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds.
Most people think that shadows follow, precede or surround beings or objects. The truth is that they also surround words, ideas, desires, deeds, impulses and memories.
We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.
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.
I have not lost faith in God. I have moments of anger and protest. Sometimes I've been closer to him for that reason.
I do not belong to this world. I continue to write everything in longhand. If I have to see something on the Internet, I ask my secretary or students. I am lucky, because I have people who do it for me.
Because I remember, I despair. Because I remember, I have the duty to reject despair.
I would like to see real peace and a state of Israel living peacefully alongside a state of Palestine.
When did I learn the Bible? When I was four or five years old. It's still the pull of my childhood, a fascination with the vanished world, and I can find everything except that world.
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.
Our obligation is to give meaning to life and in doing so to overcome the passive, indifferent life.
Indifference, to me, is the epitome of evil.
Once you bring life into the world, you must protect it. We must protect it by changing the world.
I do not recall a Jewish home without a book on the table.
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.
Look, if I were alone in the world, I would have the right to choose despair, solitude and self-fulfillment. But I am not alone.
For me, every hour is grace.
There is a difference between a book of two hundred pages from the very beginning, and a book of two hundred pages which is the result of an original eight hundred pages. The six hundred are there. Only you don't see them.
After all, God is God because he remembers.
There are victories of the soul and spirit. Sometimes, even if you lose, you win.
Just as despair can come to one only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings.
When a person doesn't have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity.
Some stories are true that never happened.
In Jewish history there are no coincidences.
That is my major preoccupation, memory, the kingdom of memory. I want to protect and enrich that kingdom, glorify that kingdom and serve it.
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.
There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.
I write to understand as much as to be understood.
Man, as long as he lives, is immortal. One minute before his death he shall be immortal. But one minute later, God wins.
Mankind must remember that peace is not God's gift to his creatures; peace is our gift to each other.
Someone who hates one group will end up hating everyone - and, ultimately, hating himself or herself.
I believe in superstitions. You don't talk about a child who hasn't been born.