14 Great Elie Wiesel Quotes To Remember Him By!


If you were born in the 1980s or later, there's a good chance you read the book Night by Eliezer "Elie" Wiesel while you were in high school.  It's an autobiographical story about a teenager's experience in a Nazi concentration camp during the Holocaust.  The first book in the trilogy, Night is known as Elie Wiesel's greatest work.

Elie Wiesel passed away at the age of 87 on July 2, 2016.  He was a humanist and political activist who earned the Nobel Peace Prize, Presidential Medal of Freedom, Congressional Gold Medal, and was the Grand Officer of the Order of the Star of Romania (his home country).  

He will always be remembered as the man who, along with Anne Frank, made the horrors of the holocaust a reality for millions of people who had otherwise only known of it from history books.  

In honor of his life and his achievements, we share some of his most profound quotes about life, peace, activism, humanity and remembrance.

Rest in Peace Mr. Wiesel.


"Even in darkness, it is possible to create light."


"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."


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


"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."


"Life is not a fist. Life is an open hand waiting for some other hand to enter it."


"To remain silent and indifferent is the greatest sin of all."


“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.”


"Whenever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must - or that moment - become the center of the universe."


"How does one mourn for six million people who died? How many candles does one light? How many prayers does one recite? Do we know how to remember the victims, their solitude, their helplessness?  They left us without a trace, and we are their trace."


"Whatever you do in life, remember: Think higher and feel deeper.  It cannot be bad if you do that."


"Terrorism must be outlawed by all civilized nations - not explained or rationalized, but fought and eradicated.  Nothing can, nothing will justify the murder of innocent and helpless children."


"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."


"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."


"To forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time."

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