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I decided to devote my life to telling the story because
by Elie Wiesel

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.
- Elie Wiesel

Related topics: Death

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.
- Elie Wiesel

The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference.
- Elie Wiesel

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

 

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.
- Elie Wiesel

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

Because of indifference, one dies before one actually dies.
- Elie Wiesel

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Some stories are true that never happened.
- Elie Wiesel

I do not recall a Jewish home without a book on the table.
- Elie Wiesel

Not to transmit an experience is to betray it.
- Elie Wiesel

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

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

What does mysticism really mean? It means the way to attain knowledge.
It's close to philosophy, except in philosophy you
go horizontally while in mysticism you go vertically.
- Elie Wiesel

Our obligation is to give meaning to life and in doing
so to overcome the passive,
indifferent life.
- Elie Wiesel

We have to go into the despair and go beyond it,
by working and doing for somebody else,
by using it for something else.
- Elie Wiesel

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

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

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

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

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

In Jewish history there are no coincidences.
- Elie Wiesel

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.
- Elie Wiesel

A destruction, an annihilation that only man can provoke,
only man can prevent.
- Elie Wiesel

Just as despair can come to one only from other human beings,
hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings.
- Elie Wiesel

That is my major preoccupation, memory,
the kingdom of memory.
I want to protect and enrich that kingdom,
glorify that kingdom and serve it.
- Elie Wiesel

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

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

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

I write to understand as much as to be understood.
- Elie Wiesel

I marvel at the resilience of the Jewish people.
Their best characteristic is their desire to remember.
No other people has such an obsession with memory.
- Elie Wiesel

Peace is our gift to each other.
- Elie Wiesel

There is a difference between a book of two hundred
pages from the very beginning,
and a book of two hundred pages which is the result
of an original eight hundred pages.
The six hundred are there.
Only you don't see them.
- Elie Wiesel

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.
- Elie Wiesel

Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect.
It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections.
- Anonymous

I have decided to stick with love.
Hate is too great a burden to bear.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

History is the version of past events
that people have decided to agree upon.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

I kept my babies fed.
I could have dumped them, but I didn't.
I decided that whatever trip I was on,
they were going with me.
You're looking at a real daddy.
- Barry White

I decided that if I could paint that flower in a huge scale,
you could not ignore its beauty.
- Georgia O'Keeffe

I decided I wanted to be a lawyer when I was 11 years of age.
- Johnnie Cochran

I decided in my life that I would do nothing that did
not reflect positively on my father's life.
- Sidney Poitier

From now on we live in a world where man has walked on the Moon.
It's not a miracle; we just decided to go.
- Tom Hanks

At a certain point, I just put the building and the art impulse together.
I decided that building was a legitimate way to make sculpture.
- Martin Puryear

I thought it would be my one and only exhibition,
so I decided to call it My Major Retrospective.
- Tracey Emin

So long as we do not blow our brains out,
we have decided life is worth living.
- Philipus Aureolus Paracelsus

If you play it safe in life you've decided that you
don't want to grow any more.
- Shirley Hufstedler

He had decided to live forever or die in the attempt.
- Joseph Heller

I decided that the only way there would be a future
was to start to cut back.
- Benjamin Cohen

I thought it was pretty good to be mentioned in a big paper,
so I decided to keep the nickname.
- Dick Lane

I look back to when I got divorced in the late 1970s.
When that happened, I was so broken up.
After that, I decided to seek God for my life and my next marriage.
- Ricky Skaggs

We decided to do some of Merle's things with modern instrumentation.
We used a flute, a bass clarinet, a trumpet,
a clarinet, drums, a guitar, vibes and a piano.
- Tennessee Ernie Ford

When I was 14 years old, I decided I could cook.
It was either that or puberty.
- Dom DeLuise

I still have not given up the idea of becoming a journalist,
but at 17 I decided to follow my heart and stay in
Los Angeles with my girlfriend as opposed to going to Johns Hopkins.
- Mackenzie Astin

Additionally, borrowing a page from U.S.
foreign policy, I decided to send a message to a government
that was becoming increasingly hostile.
- Timothy McVeigh

Since, however, it is immaterial whether the work is
done by assistants or a machine,
I decided to build a machine equivalent to an array
of about 200 separating funnels.
- Archer J. P. Martin

Am I worried people will say I'm repeating myself? Sure.
One thought I had was to publish it as a novel but
eventually I just decided to do what I wanted to do.
- Elizabeth Wurtzel

I and a friend of mine called Mannon talked together,
and we both decided to walk this journey.
- Satish Kumar

I was obliged to stand there, holding the leash of
this creature for their welcoming publicity shots,
implying that this was some kind of image the decided to have of me.
- Barbara Steele

The guy who owned that island was from Oregon and he
decided that he wanted to have an Oregon feeling to it,
so he planted pine trees all over the place!
- Christopher Atkins

I decided to take God and organized religion seriously,
and to reject the secular life which in my teens had
looked attractive because it allowed me to act in any way that I wanted.
- Luke Ford

Around 1967 I began backing away from dogmatic Leninism,
not so much because I thought it was false,
I just decided there was nothing utopian about it.
- Henry Flynt

I didn't want to make it a lifetime thing.
I don't believe in statutory term limits,
but people can limit themselves if they want to,
and that's what I decided to do.
- George J. Mitchell

I was involved in music, acting, and some running,
but my firm wish was to become a doctor.
That was the formative age when I had decided on the pattern of my career.
- Roger Bannister

When I have fully decided that a result is worth getting
I go ahead of it and make trial after trial until it comes.
- Thomas A. Edison

It was great as an actor to be given the story line
I was given but I didn't expect Craig to stay so it
was a lovely twist when I found out they'd decided to keep him.
- Richard Fleeshman

We have different personalities, but in a harmonious way,
I'd say.
Anyway, we were booked to play at the festival as a duo;
and we decided we wouldn't have any rehearsal.
- Benny Green

After about a year or so, I was in L.A.;
I'd decided to try to get a band together out there.
- Stephen Stills

I've traveled around the world and made love with many satisfied women.
So I decided to share my story.
- Rick Fox

Unfortunately, opponents of online speech have decided
to punish our changing technological world.
- Dennis Hastert

When David Arquette and I got engaged we started therapy together.
I'd heard that the first year of marriage is the hardest,
so we decided to work through all that stuff early.
- Courteney Cox

You watch some teams these days and you wonder if they
just met on the playground and decided to choose up sides.
- Dennis Rodman

I decided to start anew, to strip away what I had been taught.
- Georgia O'Keeffe


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