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

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

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

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

Some stories are true that never happened.
- 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

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

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

In Jewish history there are no coincidences.
- Elie Wiesel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Peace is our gift to each other.
- 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

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

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

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 Receive ALL of Life with Thanksgiving -
I have gratitude for EVERYTHING
that has ever occurred to bring me to this moment.
I give thanks for the joys and the sufferings,
the moments of peace and the flashes of anger,
the compassion and the indifference,
the roar of my courage and the cold sweat of my fear.
I accept gratefully the entirety of my past and my present life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

At the bottom of enmity between strangers lies indifference.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Indifference and neglect often
do much more damage than outright dislike.
- J. K. Rowling

Lord, grant comfort, joy and health
to those I call friend,
to those I call enemy,
and to those I have cursed by my indifference.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Politeness is organized indifference.
- Paul Valery

The universe we observe has precisely
the properties we should expect
if there is, at bottom, no design,
no purpose, no evil, no good,
nothing but blind, pitiless indifference.
- Charles Darwin

Love cannot endure indifference.
It needs to be wanted.
Like a lamp, it needs to be fed out of the oil of another's heart,
or its flame burns low.
- Henry Ward Beecher

After the first blush of sin, comes its indifference.
- Henry David Thoreau

On this day, as on every day,
we Receive ALL of Life with Thanksgiving.
We have gratitude for EVERYTHING
that has ever occurred to bring us to this moment.
We give thanks for the joys and the sufferings,
the moments of peace and the flashes of anger,
the compassion and the indifference,
the roar of our courage
and the cold sweat of our fear.
We accept gratefully the entirety
of our past and our present life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Man does not live by soap alone; and hygiene,
or even health, is not much good unless you can take a healthy view of it or,
better still, feel a healthy indifference to it.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Apathy, indifference, not caring...
It may sound insensitive for me to say, "I don't care,"
but ask first to what I am indifferent.
I choose to be caring, compassionate
and kind toward all people,
and I also choose to be indifferent to gossip,
petty complaints, and idle chatter.
About those, I just don't care.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

These funerals always appear to me the more indecent in a populous city,
from the total indifference of the beholders,
and the perfect unconcern with which they are beheld.
- Karl Philipp Moritz

If moderation is a fault, then indifference is a crime.
- Jack Kerouac

I prefer the folly of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom.
- Anatole France

There is something sublime about its aloofness from
and its indifference to its external environment.
- Frederick Soddy

Love gratified is love satisfied, and love satisfied is indifference begun.
- Samuel Richardson

Many a secret that cannot be pried out by curiosity
can be drawn out by indifference.
- Sydney J. Harris

What people call impartiality may simply mean indifference,
and what people call partiality may simply mean mental activity.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush.
It will be a slow extinction from apathy,
indifference, and undernourishment.
- Robert M. Hutchins

The effect of violent dislike between groups has always
created an indifference to the welfare and honor of the state.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

There is nothing harder than the softness of indifference.
- Clare Boothe Luce

Treat Death as it treats us: with utter indifference.
- Stephen Evans

All politics are based on the indifference of the majority.
- James Reston

We don't care really about children as a society and
television reflects that indifference to children as human beings.
- Bill Moyers

To be consistently effective, you must put a certain
distance between yourself and what happens to you on the golf course.
This is not indifference, it's detachment.
- Sam Snead

I am a man, and nothing that concerns a man do I deem
a matter of indifference to me.
- Jean Racine

Indifference may not wreck a man's life at any one turn,
but it will destroy him with a kind of dry-rot in the long run.
- Bliss Carman

The Onion Field, that one got pretty close to me because
I was a cop when it happened.
I saw some of the indifference that my police department
showed to the surviving officer.
- Joseph Wambaugh

Real nobility is based on scorn, courage,
and profound indifference.
- Albert Camus

The individual is capable of both great compassion and great indifference.
He has it within his means to nourish the former and outgrow the latter.
- Norman Cousins

Until we all start to take responsibility,
until we do all we can to improve the character of our communities,
we'll never break the cycle of violence and indifference.
- Carrie P. Meek

The sensitivity of men to small matters,
and their indifference to great ones,
indicates a strange inversion.
- Blaise Pascal

Forgiveness is indifference.
Forgiveness is impossible while love lasts.
- Mary Chesnut

I regard you with an indifference closely bordering on aversion.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Being a Jew, one learns to believe in the reality of
cruelty and one learns to recognize indifference to
human suffering as a fact.
- Andrea Dworkin

As Members of Congress and people of conscience,
we must work to overcome the indifference and distortions of history,
and ensure that future generations know what happened.
- Jerry Costello

In reality there is no cause or effect,
there is only the indifference of the universe.
- Al Goldstein

Whoever incites anger has a strong insurance against indifference.
- Philip Stanhope


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