The following quotes from Eli Weisel are certainly Significant Sayings. Explore his own story of persecution and then consider his words. What is he trying to tell us?
“A destruction, an annihilation that only man can provoke, only man can prevent.”
“Because I remember, I despair. Because I remember, I have the duty to reject despair.”
“The problem with religion is when it becomes fanatic. As everything else, nationalism may be good, patriotism may be good, but if it goes beyond, then it becomes fanaticism. And fanaticism produces exactly what you said – killing, violence, hatred – because then, the person who believes in God believes that only he or she has God’s ear; that only he or she has the right to speak in God’s name; that only he or she knows what God wants, only he or she has the power and, therefore, the right to impose his or her belief on others. In other words, that fanatic person wants to be the jailer of all of us. They would like us to be their prisoners. They actually would like God to become their prisoner.”
“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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