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“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.”
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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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“Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing.”
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“We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”
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“To forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time.”
Elie Wiesel, Night
“Human suffering anywhere concerns men and women everywhere.”
Elie Wiesel, Night
“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.”
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“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.”
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“Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed....Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust. Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself. Never.”
Elie Wiesel, Night
“For the dead and the living, we must bear witness.”
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“One person of integrity can make a difference.”
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“If the only prayer you say throughout your life is "Thank You," then that will be enough.”
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“Write only if you cannot live without writing. Write only what you alone can write.”
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“I pray to the God within me that He will give me the strength to ask Him the right questions.”
Elie Wiesel, Night
“Only the guilty are guilty. Their children are not.”
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“Which is worse? Killing with hate or killing without hate?”
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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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“I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides.”
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“Then came the march past the victims. The two men were no longer alive. Their tongues were hanging out,
swollen and bluish. But the third rope was still moving: the child, too 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 at close range. He was still alive when I passed him. His tongue was still
red, his eyes not yet extinguished.

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 He is? This is where--hanging here from this gallows..."

That night, the soup tasted of corpses.”
Elie Wiesel, Night
“We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders 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.”
Elie Wiesel, The Night Trilogy: Night/Dawn/The Accident
“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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“For in the end, it is all about memory, its sources and its magnitude, and, of course, its consequences.”
Elie Wiesel, Night
“I shall always remember that smile. From what world did it come from?”
Elie Wiesel, Night
“Think higher, feel deeper.”
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“For the survivor who chooses to testify, it is clear: his duty is to bear witness for the dead and for the living. He has no right to deprive future generations of a past that belongs to our collective memory. To forget would be not only dangerous but offensive; to forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time.”
Elie Wiesel, Night
“Night is purer than day; it is better for thinking and loving and dreaming. At night everything is more intense, more true. The echo of words that have been spoken during the day takes on a new and deeper meaning. The tragedy of man is that he doesn't know how to distinguish between day and night. He says things at night that should only be said by day.”
Elie Wiesel, Dawn
“There are victories of the soul and spirit. Sometimes, even if you lose, you win. ”
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“We must not see any person as an abstraction. Instead, we must see in every person a universe with its own secrets, with its own treasures, with its own sources of anguish, and with some measure of triumph.”
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“One more stab to the heart, one more reason to hate. One less reason to live.”
Elie Wiesel, Night
“I don't want my past to become anyone else's future.”
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