As the world shook this week with more senseless terrorist attacks in Turkey and Bangladesh and bitter politics at home and abroad, Wiesel’s worldview is needed more than ever. Despite all that he had endured, he still felt gratitude for this life. He still believed in humanity.
Here are some inspiring Wiesel quotes to turn to when the world feels unbearable:
1. No human race is superior; no religious faith is inferior. All collective judgments are wrong. Only racists make them.2. Because of indifference, one dies before one actually dies.3. Look, if I were alone in the world, I would have the right to choose despair, solitude and self-fulfillment. But I am not alone.4. For me, every hour is grace. And I feel gratitude in my heart each time I can meet someone and look at his or her smile.5. We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.6. Because I remember, I despair. Because I remember, I have the duty to reject despair.7. Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion or political views, that place must — at that moment — become the center of the universe.8. Hope is like peace. It is not a gift from God. It is a gift only we can give one another.9. I still believe in man in spite of man.10. Life is not a fist. Life is an open hand waiting for some other hand to enter it.