Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel

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Author Profession: Biographies & Memoirs edit data Eliezer Wiesel is a Romania-born American novelist, political activist, and Holocaust survivor of Hungarian Jewish descent.
Born: September 30, 1928
Age: 88 years old
Birth Sign: Libra

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Once you bring life into the world, you must protect it. We must protect it by changing the world.

Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing.

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.

Man, as long as he lives, is immortal. One minute before his death he shall be immortal. But one minute later, God wins.

We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.

Without memory, there is no culture. Without memory, there would be no civilization, no society, no future.

No human race is superior; no religious faith is inferior. All collective judgments are wrong. Only racists make them.

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.

Because I remember, I despair. Because I remember, I have the duty to reject despair.

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

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.

When a person doesn't have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity.

For me, every hour is grace. And I feel gratitude in my heart each time I can meet someone and look at his or her smile.

Mankind must remember that peace is not God's gift to his creatures; peace is our gift to each other.

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.

In any society, fanatics who hate don't hate only me - they hate you, too. They hate everybody.

In my tradition, one must wait until one has learned a lot of Bible and Talmud and the Prophets to handle mysticism. This isn't instant coffee. There is no instant mysticism.

For me, every hour is grace.

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

Some stories are true that never happened.

I believe that if you'll just stand up and go, life will open up for you. Tina Turner

The adrenaline of a live performance is unlike anything in film or theater. I can see why it's so addictive. Gwyneth Paltrow

I just thank God that I didn't grow up with so much money or privilege because you had to create ways to make it happen. Kim Basinger

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