Elie Wiesel Quotes on God, the Holocaust and Humanity

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate, author and human rights activist passed away on Saturday at 87.

1. It seemed as impossible to conceive of Auschwitz with God as to conceive of Auschwitz without God. Therefore, everything had to be reassessed because everything had changed. (The Nobel Peace Prize speech, 1986)
2. For us, forgetting was never an option. Remembering is a noble and necessary act. (The Nobel Peace Prize speech, 1986)
3. Indifference, to me, is the epitome of evil. (Interview with U.S. media, 1986)
4. 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. (The Nobel Peace Prize speech, 1986)
5. Waking among the dead, one wondered if one was still alive. And yet real despair only seized us later. Afterwards. As we emerged from the nightmare and began to search for meaning. (The Nobel Peace Prize speech, 1986)
6. No one is as capable of gratitude as one who has emerged from the kingdom of night. (The Nobel Peace Prize speech, 1986)
7. I rarely speak about God. To God yes. I protest against Him. I shout at Him. But open discourse about the qualities of God, about the problems that God imposes, theodicy, no. And yet He is there, in silence, in filigree. (Interview to the Paris Review, 1984)
8. The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of beauty is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, but indifference between life and death. (Interview with U.S. media, 1986)
9. No human race is superior; no religious faith is inferior. All collective judgments are wrong. Only racists make them. (Interview to Parade Magazine, 1992)

10. When a Jew visits Jerusalem for the first time, it is not the first time; it is a homecoming. (Interview to Israeli media, 2010)

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