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Simon Wiesenthal Quotes and Sayings

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The history of man is the history of crimes,
and history can repeat.
So information is a defence.
Through this we can build, we must build,
a defence against repetition.
- Simon Wiesenthal

When history looks back, I want people to know that
the Nazis could not kill millions of people with impunity.
- Simon Wiesenthal

For evil to flourish, it only requires good men to do nothing.
- Simon Wiesenthal

I know I am not only the bad conscience of the Nazis.
I am also the bad conscience of the Jews.
Because what I have taken up as my duty was everybody's duty.
- Simon Wiesenthal

 

Discovering witnesses is just as important as catching criminals.
- Simon Wiesenthal

The combination of hatred and technology is the greatest
danger threatening mankind.
- Simon Wiesenthal

We know that we are not collectively guilty,
so how can we accuse any other nation,
no matter what some of its people have done,
of being collectively guilty?
- Simon Wiesenthal

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There is no denying that Hitler and Stalin are alive today...
they are waiting for us to forget, because this is
what makes possible the resurrection of these two monsters.
- Simon Wiesenthal

Violence is like a weed - it does not die even in the greatest drought.
- Simon Wiesenthal

Humour is the weapon of unarmed people:
it helps people who are oppressed to smile at the situation that pains them.
- Simon Wiesenthal

God must have been on leave during the Holocaust.
- Simon Wiesenthal

Justice for crimes against humanity must have no limitations.
- Simon Wiesenthal

The end was surely near.
The Nazis killed you only when you were naked,
because they knew, psychologically, that naked people never resist.
- Simon Wiesenthal

Technology without hatred can be a blessing.
Technology with hatred is always a disaster.
- Simon Wiesenthal

What connects two thousand years of genocide? Too much power in too few hands.
- Simon Wiesenthal

Survival is a privilege which entails obligations.
I am forever asking myself what I can do for those who have not survived.
- Simon Wiesenthal

For your benefit, learn from our tragedy.
It is not a written law that the next victims must be Jews.
It can also be other people.
- Simon Wiesenthal

The schools would fail through their silence,
the Church through its forgiveness, and the home through
the denial and silence of the parents.
The new generation has to hear what the older generation refuses to tell it.
- Simon Wiesenthal

A small body of determined spirits
fired by an unquenchable faith
in their mission
can alter the course of history.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Yesterday is history,
tomorrow is a mystery.
Today is a gift.
That is why it is called Present.
- Anonymous

Well-behaved women seldom make history.
- Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Live out of your imagination, not your history.
- Stephen Covey

Who has fully realized that history
is not contained in thick books
but lives in our very blood?
- Carl Jung

We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason
if we dig deep in our history and remember
that we are not descended from fearful men,
not from men who feared to write, to speak,
to associate and to defend causes
which were for the moment unpopular.
- Edward R. Murrow

History is the sum total of things that could have been avoided.
- Konrad Adenauer

You have to look at history as an evolution of society.
- Jean Chretien

The importance of history is in it's
educational value for our lives today,
not in regret, resentment, or revenge.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

History is a vision of God's creation on the move.
- Arnold J. Toynbee

It takes an endless amount of history to make even a little tradition.
- Henry James

That great dust-heap called 'history'.
- Augustine Birrell

In the long history of humankind (and animal-kind, too)
those who learned to collaborate and
improvise most effectively have prevailed.
- Charles Darwin

History never looks like history when you are living through it.
- John W. Gardner

For the very first time the young are
seeing history being made
before it is censored by their elders.
- Margaret Mead

History is indeed little more than the register of the crimes,
follies, and misfortunes of mankind.
- Edward Gibbon

Everything we say, do, think, and feel
is a product of our personal history
and the collective history of humankind.
Our name for these histories is "prejudice."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is the soothing thing about history that it does repeat itself.
- Gertrude Stein

The past actually happened but history is only what someone wrote down.
- A. Whitney Brown

Human history becomes more and more a race between
education and catastrophe.
- H. G. Wells

History is a cyclic poem written by time upon the memories of man.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Naturally, every age thinks that all ages before it were prejudiced,
and today we think this more than ever, and are just as wrong
as all previous ages that thought so.
How often have we not seen the truth condemned!
It is sad but unfortunately true that man learns nothing from history.
- Carl Jung

History is a vast early warning system.
- Norman Cousins

It's a very good historical book about history.
- Dan Quayle

Never doubt that you can change history.
You already have.
- Marge Piercy

Pick up a stone that feels good to you
and is small enough to hold in one hand.
Consider how long that stone has been around
and what enormous pressure it has experienced.
Draw strength from its long history.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

History is a pack of lies about events that never happened
told by people who weren't there.
- George Santayana

History is a tool used by politicians to justify their intentions.
- Ted Koppel

People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.
- James A. Baldwin

History is more or less bunk.
- Henry Ford

France is delighted at this new opportunity to show
the world that when one has the will one can succeed
in joining peoples who have been brought close by history.
- Francois Mitterrand

History is an account, mostly false,
of events,
mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers,
mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.
- Ambrose Bierce

People that are really very weird can get into sensitive
positions and have a tremendous impact on history.
- Dan Quayle

Everything we believe is a matter of evolution and history.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

History is a gallery of pictures in which there are
few originals and many copies.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

In the long term we can hope that religion will change
the nature of man and reduce conflict.
But history is not encouraging in this respect.
The bloodiest wars in history have been religious wars.
- Richard M. Nixon

Open markets offer the only realistic hope of pulling
billions of people in developing countries out of abject poverty,
while sustaining prosperity in the industrialized world.
- Kofi Annan

They can shout down the head of the physics department at Cal Tech.
- James Stockdale

A pint of sweat, saves a gallon of blood.
- George S. Patton

The past is malleable and flexible, changing as our
recollection interprets and re-explains what has happened.
- Peter Berger

Failure is impossible.
- Susan B. Anthony

The past is really almost as much a work of the imagination as the future.
- Jessamyn West

I have tried to lift France out of the mud.
But she will return to her errors and vomitings.
I cannot prevent the French from being French.
- Charles de Gaulle

I can see clearly now...
that I was wrong in not acting more decisively and
more forthrightly in dealing with Watergate.
- Richard M. Nixon

To people who remember JFK's assassination,
JFK Jr. will probably always be that boy saluting his father's coffin.
- Michael Beschloss

I'm the only person of distinction who has ever had
a depression named for him.
- Herbert Hoover

The judicial system is the most expensive machine ever
invented for finding out what happened and what to do about it.
- Irving R. Kaufman

God cannot alter the past, though historians can.
- Samuel Butler

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
- Winston Churchill

We used to root for the Indians against the cavalry,
because we didn't think it was fair in the history
books that when the cavalry won it was a great victory,
and when the Indians won it was a massacre.
- Dick Gregory

Tell the FBI that the kidnappers should pick out a
judge that Nixon wants back.
- William O. Douglas

Seek freedom and become captive of your desires.
Seek discipline and find your liberty.
- Frank Herbert

Remember, God provides the best camouflage several hours out of every 24.
- David M. Shoup


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