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The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference.
by 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

Related topics: Wisdom Life Human-Nature Psychology Love

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

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

 

Some stories are true that never happened.
- 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

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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In Jewish history there are no coincidences.
- 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

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

Peace is our gift to each other.
- Elie Wiesel

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

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

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

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

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

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

There are trivial truths and there are great truths.
The opposite of a trivial truth is plainly false.
The opposite of a great truth is also true.
- Niels Bohr

The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement.
But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.
- Niels Bohr

The opposite of courage in our society
is not cowardice, it is conformity.
- Rollo May

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex...
It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage
to move in the opposite direction.
- Albert Einstein

A friend or co-worker shares a political,
religious, economic, or social opinion
that is opposite to yours -
does that drive a wedge between your hearts?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Even though your kids will consistently do the exact
opposite of what you're telling them to do,
you have to keep loving them just as much.
- Bill Cosby

Self-respect is often mistaken for arrogance
when in reality it is the opposite.
When we can recognize all our good qualities
as well as or faults with neutrality,
we can start to appreciate ourselves
as we would a dear friend
and experience the comfortable inner glow of respect.
To embrace the journey towards our full potential
we need to become our own loving teacher and coach.
Spurring ourselves on to become better human beings,
we develop true regard for ourselves,
and our life will become sacred.
- Osho

Suspended between earth and sky,
my humanity draws from both,
my tendrils reach for the energies of each.
Spirit and Ground - equal yet opposite,
the lightness and the solidarity,
the ephemeral and the substantial.
The substantial is no more and no less
than the ephemeral - merely different.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I think you're the opposite of a paranoid.
I think you go around with the insane delusion that people like you.
- the Woody Allen movie Deconstructing Harry

The IQ and the life expectancy of the average American
recently passed each other in opposite directions.
- George Carlin

Every man casts a shadow;
not his body only, but his imperfectly mingled spirit.
This is his grief. Let him turn which way he will,
it falls opposite to the sun;
short at noon, long at eve. Did you never see it?
- Henry David Thoreau

Marriage resembles a pair of shears,
so joined that they cannot be separated;
often moving in opposite directions,
yet always punishing anyone who comes between them.
- Sydney Smith

Almost every wise saying has an opposite one,
no less wise, to balance it.
- George Santayana

Reverse every natural instinct and do the opposite
of what you are inclined to do,
and you will probably come very close to having a perfect golf swing.
- Ben Hogan

It is our experience that political leaders do not
always mean the opposite of what they say.
- Abba Eban

The march of science and technology does not imply
growing intellectual complexity in the lives of most people.
It often means the opposite.
- Thomas Sowell

Under capitalism, man exploits man.
Under communism, it's just the opposite.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

If 'pro' is the opposite of 'con' what is the opposite of 'progress'?
- Paul Harvey

The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born -
that there is a genetic factor to leadership.
This myth asserts that people simply either
have certain charismatic qualities or not.
That's nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true.
Leaders are made rather than born.
- Warren G. Bennis

He who is of calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age,
but to him who is of an opposite disposition youth
and age are equally a burden.
- Plato

The comic is the perception of the opposite;
humor is the feeling of it.
- Umberto Eco

What a thrill it was to play opposite Maurice Evans in this brilliant,
dazzling musical, based on the life of two of the greatest
personalities in stage history.
- Dinah Sheridan

Songwriting is the other weight on the opposite side
of the scale from touring.
They balance me out creatively.
- Tommy Shaw

I wanted to star in a western opposite Robert Redford.
That was my plan for my life.
- Dyan Cannon

And opposite the bench, the dock, divided by a partition,
with the women to the left and the men to the right,
as it is on the stairs or the block in polite society.
- Henry Lawson

Sympathy for victims is always counter-balanced by
an equal and opposite feeling of resentment towards them.
- Ben Elton

Diligence is the mother of good fortune,
and idleness, its opposite, never brought a man to
the goal of any of his best wishes.
- Miguel de Cervantes

Dressing up is a bore.
At a certain age, you decorate yourself to attract the opposite sex,
and at a certain age, I did that.
But I'm past that age.
- Katharine Hepburn

In society, one doesn't tell the truth,
one tells the exact opposite.
- Nelson Eddy

A great truth is a truth whose opposite is also a truth.
- Thomas Mann

Stadium rock and commercial rock are the opposite of what poetry needs.
An audience of around 200 is ideal for poetry.
- Adrian Mitchell

You can feel whether an audience is tightened up and pulled back.
Of course the opposite is an audience like we've been having in LA,
which is fabulous.
- Chita Rivera

Everything that Eddie has said about me is the total
opposite of what really happened.
Eddie says I wanted to be a solo artist.
No, Eddie wanted to be a solo artist.
- Sammy Hagar

People think that being on Star Trek is career suicide,
but it's really just the opposite.
- Brent Spiner

Grandeur and beauty are so very opposite,
that you often diminish the one as you increase the other.
Variety is most akin to the latter, simplicity to the former.
- William Shenstone

Everything the Beats stood for was the opposite of
the dominant culture today.
- Lawrence Ferlinghetti

The opposite of bravery is not cowardice but conformity.
- Robert Anthony

Peace, of course, is different from divorce;
indeed,
in essential respects, divorce is the opposite of peace.
- Douglas Feith


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