A Nobel laureate writer, professor and political activist, Eliezer ‘Elie’ Wiesel was a Romanian-born American Jewish who jumped to fame after his work,a memoir ‘Night’ that gave a first-hand account of his life as a survivor of Holocaust and as a prisoner in the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps. In the book, he gave a detailed account recounting his experiences of surviving Holocaust. Post the overwhelming success of ‘Night’, Wiesel took to writing professionally. In his lifetime, he penned more than 57 books, mostly in French and English. He also became an active activist, orator and teacher, speaking out against persecution and injustice across the globe. When bestowed the Nobel Peace Prize, Wiesel was introduced as a ‘messenger to mankind’. He not just came to terms with his own personal experience of total humiliation and of the utter contempt for humanity shown in Hitler's death camps but organized practical work in the cause of peace. Post the honor, Wiesel became a founding board member of the New York Human Rights Foundation and remained active throughout his life. Just as his work, his quotes have been equally life-changing that touch various aspects of life and give readers a new perception and outlook.
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.
There are victories of the soul and spirit. Sometimes, even if you lose, you win.
Everybody around us was weeping. Someone began to recite Kaddish, the prayer for the dead. I don't know whether, during the history of the Jewish people, men have ever before recited Kaddish for themselves.
Night is purer than day; it is better for thinking, loving and dreaming. At night everything is more intense, more true. The echo of words that have been spoken during the day takes on a new and deeper meaning.
To forget a Holocaust is to kill twice
Humanity? Humanity is not concerned with us. Today anything is allowed. Anything is possible.
A word is worth a thousand pictures.
You’re shaking … so am I. It’s because of Jerusalem, isn’t it? One doesn’t go to Jerusalem, one returns to it. That’s one of its mysteries.