"Ultimately, the only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself."
"Love makes everything complicated."
"Not all games are innocent. Some come dangerously close to cruelty."
"Life belongs to man, but the meaning of life is beyond him."
"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."
"I write to understand as much as to be understood."
"Just as despair can come to one only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings."
"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."
"Our obligation is to give meaning to life and in doing so to overcome the passive, indifferent life."
"Some stories are true that never happened."
"We have to go into the despair and go beyond it, by working and doing for somebody else, by using it for something else."
"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."
"There is divine beauty in learning... To learn means to accept the postulate that life did not begin at my birth. Others have been here before me, and I walk in their footsteps. The books I have read were composed by generations of fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, teachers and disciples. I am the sum total of their experiences, their quests. And so are you."
"I pray to the God within me that He will give me the strength to ask Him the right questions."
"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