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In Jewish history there are no coincidences. ...
by Elie Wiesel

In Jewish history there are no coincidences.
- 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

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

 

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Peace is our gift to each other.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Peace is the ultimate blessing.
- Jewish traditional

All the darkness of the world cannot
extinguish the light of a single candle,
yet one candle can illuminate all the darkness.
- Jewish Hanukah Prayer

That which is hateful to you,
do not do to your fellow.
That is the whole Torah;
the rest is the explanation.
- Talmud (Jewish Wisdom)

God could not be everywhere, so he created mothers.
- Jewish Proverb

Without a Jewish state, the iron truth of history is
that the Jewish people sooner or later become even
more vulnerable to the next wave of anti-Semitism.
- Jack Schwartz

Israel, as the Jewish state, must disappear from the map.
- Ahmed Yassin

Russia's biggest problem is organized crime and its
leaders are influenced by the Russian mafia.
But it's not right to call it a Russian mafia,
it's a Jewish mafia.
- David Duke

Israel may have the right to put others on trial,
but certainly no one has the right to put the Jewish
people and the State of Israel on trial.
- Ariel Sharon

In fact, 37 percent of all United States Nobel Prize
winners in the 20th century have been representatives of the Jewish community.
- Jon Porter

I think the thing that I most appreciate now is that
stereotypes involving Jewish identity activate fears
of persecution that exist in the present day.
- Gregg Easterbrook

I make no claim that Jewish culture is superior to
other cultures or that the Jewish song is better than the song of my neighbor.
- Theodore Bikel

I came to a happy Jewish family in dark days in Europe.
- Roald Hoffmann

I have a 10-year track record of writing for the Jewish community.
- Anita Diament

Passover and Easter are the only Jewish and Christian
holidays that move in sync,
like the ice skating pairs we saw during the winter Olympics.
- Marvin Olasky

Since the turn of the 20th century, members of the
Jewish community in Upper East Tennessee and Southwest
Virginia have been meeting together to celebrate and worship.
- William L. Jenkins

Jewish villages were built in the place of Arab villages.
You do not even know the names of these Arab villages,
and I do not blame you because geography books no longer exist.
- Moshe Dayan

The Jewish part of me is superstitious.
- Gwyneth Paltrow

For I firmly believe that Jewish life,
indeed any communal life, can only be organized according
to democratic principles.
- Theodore Bikel

Zionism demands a publicly recognized and legally secured
homeland in Palestine for the Jewish people.
This platform is unchangeable.
- Theodor Herzl

On July 18, we will mark the 12th anniversary of the
senseless loss of 85 lives in the bombing of the Jewish
Cultural Center in Buenos Aires,
Argentina.
- Tom Lantos

I'm Jewish.
I don't work out.
If God had wanted us to bend over, He would have put diamonds on the floor.
- Joan Rivers

I remember Nazi election propaganda posters showing
a hateful Jewish face with crooked nose.
- Jack Steinberger

Why do Jewish divorces cost so much? They're worth it.
- Henny Youngman

I was taught to be anti-Jewish.
- Mercedes McCambridge

In my career, there have been three things that were challenging:
playing gay;
playing a Jewish woman; and playing Chekhov.
The scariest part was playing Chekhov!
- Bernadette Peters

I felt there's a wealth in Jewish tradition,
a great inheritance.
I'd be a jerk not to take advantage of it.
- Herman Wouk

I was born in 1923 into a middle class Jewish family in Vienna,
a few years after the end of World War I,
which was disastrous from the Austrian point of view.
- Walter Kohn

I think it was when I was nineteen, by that time the
Jewish laws were already in force and the split was
beginning to come about which isolated the Jewish culture.
- Gyorgy Legeti

But, when I toil in the field of Jewish culture which I frequently do,
I am indeed a Jewish artist.
- Theodore Bikel

I'm going to marry a Jewish woman because I like the
idea of getting up Sunday morning and going to the deli.
- Michael J. Fox

Both Jewish and Roman sources and traditions admit an empty tomb.
- Josh McDowell

Only through acknowledgment of the erasure and void
of Jewish life can the history of Berlin and Europe have a human future.
- Daniel Libeskind

I am saying voluntarily that I have sung for almost
every religious group in the country,
from Jewish and Catholic, and Presbyterian and Holy
Rollers and Revival Churches.
- Pete Seeger

Four years ago in speaking of a Jewish nation one ran
the risk of being regarded ridiculous.
Today he makes himself ridiculous who denies the existence of a Jewish nation.
- Theodor Herzl

The disappearance of the Jewish state will not mean
the disappearance of anti-Semitism.
- Jack Schwartz

I went to Brooklyn College and met this beautiful Jewish girl named Merle,
with dark hair, exotic looking and brilliant.
So we got married and had three children.
- Dominic Chianese

I'm a religious man.
I am Jewish but I believe in all religions.
I believe in God and see him as an old man with a big
white beard and pray to him every day for a few minutes.
- Uri Geller

People do think I'm Jewish.
But we're Irish Catholic.
My father had a brogue.
- Martin Short


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