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What does mysticism really mean? It means the way to attain knowledge.
by 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

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

Some stories are true that never happened.
- Elie Wiesel

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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

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

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

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

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

Peace is our gift to each other.
- Elie Wiesel

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

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

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

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

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

In Jewish history there are no coincidences.
- 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

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

Not to transmit an experience is to betray 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

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

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

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

Liking money like I like it, is nothing less than mysticism.
Money is a glory.
- Salvador Dali

What I believe in touches many aspects of religious and spiritual thought.
Mainly I'm influenced and inspired by the eastern yogi's aspect of mysticism,
Which is, I think, the future.
- Dave Davies

Wit is the appearance, the external flash of imagination.
Thus its divinity, and the witty character of mysticism.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Religion is to mysticism what popularization is to science.
- Henri Bergson

Mysticism and exaggeration go together.
A mystic must not fear ridicule if he is to push all
the way to the limits of humility or the limits of delight.
- Milan Kundera

There is a kind of mysticism to writing.
- Irvine Welsh

Sex is the mysticism of materialism and the only possible
religion in a materialistic society.
- Malcolm Muggeridge

I love mysticism - it's such fun.
- Jerry Hall

The new meaning of soul is creativity and mysticism.
These will become the foundation of the new psychological
type and with him or her will come the new civilization.
- Otto Rank

I was a new devotee of Eastern mysticism and even though
I did not join that particular group,
I could well have done.
They seemed a bit extreme but I regarded myself as not quite ready.
- Mary Garden

Racial history is therefore natural history and the
mysticism of the soul at one and the same time;
but the history of the religion of the blood,
conversely, is the great world story of the rise and downfall of peoples,
their heroes and thinkers, their inventors and artists.
- Alfred Rosenberg

As an inspiration to the author, I do not think the
cat can be over-estimated.
He suggests so much grace, power, beauty,
motion, mysticism.
I do not wonder that many writers love cats;
I am only surprised that all do not.
- Carl Van Vechten

Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves
to recognize how good things really are.
- Marianne Williamson

Life is really simple,
but we insist on making it complicated.
- Confucius

Sometimes the things you really want
sneak in the back door.
Notice.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

You never really understand a person
until you consider things from his point of view.
- Harper Lee

Love me when I least deserve it,
because that's when I really need it.
- Swedish Proverb

The human race has one really effective weapon,
and that is laughter.
- Mark Twain

We're constantly striving for success, fame and comfort
when all we really need to be happy
is someone or some thing to be enthusiastic about.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

The only questions that really matter are the ones you ask yourself.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

How different our lives are when we
really know what is deeply important to us,
and keeping that picture in mind,
we manage ourselves each day
to be and to do what really matters most
- Stephen Covey

We can never get enough of what we don't really need.
- Matthew Kelly

Every really new idea looks crazy at first.
- Alfred North Whitehead

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it
as he who helps to perpetrate it.
He who accepts evil without protesting against it
is really cooperating with it.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.
- e. e. cummings

One thing I know: the only ones among you
who will be really happy are those
who will have sought and found how to serve.
- Albert Schweitzer

Does anybody really think that they didn't get what they had
because they didn't have the talent
or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?
- Nelson Mandela

Ordinary people seem not to realize
that those who really apply themselves
in the right way to philosophy
are directly and of their own accord
preparing themselves for dying and death.
- Socrates

Forgiveness is really a gift to yourself -
have the compassion to forgive others,
and the courage to forgive yourself.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

We act as though comfort and luxury
were the chief requirements of life,
when all that we need to make us really happy
is something to be enthusiastic about.
- Charles Kingsley

I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know:
the only ones among you who will be really happy
are those who will have sought and found how to serve.
- Albert Schweitzer

It is what a man thinks of himself
that really determines his fate.
- Henry David Thoreau

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience
in which you really stop to look fear in the face.
You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Take time to contemplate -
away from the opinions and influence of others -
what you really want
and what you believe to be important in your life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If we don't change, we don't grow.
If we don't grow, we aren't really living.
- Gail Sheehy

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation,
because your character is what you really are,
while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
- John Wooden

The minority is always stronger than the majority,
because the minority is generally formed by those
who really have an opinion.
- Soren Kierkegaard

In spite of everything, I still believe
that people are really good at heart.
I simply can't build up my hopes on a foundation
consisting of confusion, misery and death.
- Anne Frank


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