Elie Wiesel Quotes

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Only write when your pillow is on fire.

writing advice

Some stories are true that never happened.
— Elie Wiesel

imagination

Indifference, to me, is the epitome of evil.
— Elie Wiesel

apathy

The opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.

apathy

I have one request: may I never use my reason against truth.

reason truth

Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds.
— Elie Wiesel

language words

Some writings could sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds.

writing

No one is as capable of gratitude as one who has emerged from the kingdom of night.
— Elie Wiesel

gratitude

Because I remember, I despair. Because I remember, I have the duty to reject despair.
— Elie Wiesel

attitude

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

self-control power

I have not lost faith in God. I have moments of anger and protest. Sometimes I've been closer to him for that reason.
— Elie Wiesel

faith

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

injustice protest

Just as man cannot live without dreams, he cannot live without hope. If dreams reflect the past, hope summons the future.
— Elie Wiesel

hope

All my writing was born out of anger. In order to contain it, I had to write. If I had not written, I would have exploded.

why I write

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.

love friendship

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.

gratitude

Writing is not like painting where you add.  It is not what you put on the canvas that the reader sees.  Writing is more like a sculpture where you remove, you eliminate in order to make the work visible.  Even those pages you remove somehow remain.

writing

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.  Sometime we must interfere.
— Elie Wiesel

action suffering