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."

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"For the dead and the living, we must bear witness."

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"We must not see any person as an abstraction. Instead, we must see in every person a universe with its own secrets, with its own treasures, with its own sources of anguish, and with some measure of triumph."

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"One person of integrity can make a difference."

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"We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented."

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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."

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

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"I have tried to keep memory alive, I have tried to fight those who would forget. Because if we forget, we are guilty, we are accomplices."

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"As long as one dissident is in prison, our freedom will not be true. As long as one child is hungry, our lives will be filled with anguish and shame."

Elie Wiesel

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