Elie Wiesel Quotes

Elie Wiesel  is a writer, professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor. He is the author of 57 books, the best known of which is Night, a memoir that describes his experiences during the Holocaust and his imprisonment in several concentration camps.

When Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986, the Norwegian Nobel Committee called him a “messenger to mankind,” noting that through his struggle to come to terms with “his own personal experience of total humiliation and of the utter contempt for humanity shown in Hitler’s death camps,” as well as his “practical work in the cause of peace,” Wiesel had delivered a powerful message “of peace, atonement and human dignity” to humanity. I have added a few quotations from Wiesel below as they may be of use to you in your upcoming assessments.

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

“Because of indifference, one dies before one actually dies.”

“This is the duty of our generation as we enter the twenty-first century — solidarity with the weak, the persecuted, the lonely, the sick, and those in despair. It is expressed by the desire to give a noble and humanizing meaning to a community in which all members will define themselves not by their own identity but by that of others.”

“Indifference, to me, is the epitome of evil.”

“Just as despair can come to one only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings.”

“Hope is like peace. It is not a gift from God. It is a gift only we can give one another.”


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