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Jewish-American writer, political activist, Nobel Laureate, Holocaust survivor
born September 30, 1928

Mankind must remember that peace is not God's gift to his creatures, it is our gift to each
other.
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None of us is in a position to eliminate war, but it is our obligation to denounce it and expose
it in all its hideousness. War leaves no victors, only victims.
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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.
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Ultimately, the only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself.
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Our obligation is to give meaning to life and in doing so to overcome the passive, indifferent
life.
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I had anger but never hate. Before the war, I was too busy studying to hate. After the war, I
thought, "What's the use?" To hate would be to reduce myself.
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There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a
time when we fail to protest. The Talmud tells us that by saving a single human being, man
can save the world.
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Human suffering anywhere concerns men and women everywhere.
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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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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. What all these victims need above all
is to know that they are not alone; that we are not forgetting them, that when their voices
are stifled we shall lend them ours, that while their freedom depends on ours, the quality of
our freedom depends on theirs.
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Indifference, to me, is the epitome of evil.
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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.
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To forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time.
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No human being is illegal.
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If someone had told us in 1945 that in our lifetime religious wars would rage on virtually every
continent, that thousands of children would once again be dying of starvation, we would not
have believed it. Or that racism and fanaticism would flourish once again, we would not have
believed it.
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Which is worse? Killing with hate or killing without hate?
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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.
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Because of indifference, one dies before one actually dies.
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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.
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If the only prayer you say throughout your life is "Thank you," then that will be enough.
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Just as man cannot live without dreams, he cannot live without hope. If dreams reflect the
past, hope summons the future.
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Once you bring life into the world, you must protect it. We must protect it by changing the
world.
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I don't believe in accidents. There are only encounters in history. There are no accidents.
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Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds.
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I have one request: may I never use my reason against truth.
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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.
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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.
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There are victories of the soul and spirit. Sometimes, even if you lose, you win.
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Because I remember, I despair. Because I remember, I have the duty to reject despair. I
remember the killers, I remember the victims, even as I struggle to invent a thousand and one
reasons to hope.
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Only the guilty are guilty. Their children are not.
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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.
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Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession,
friendship is never anything but sharing.
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