Eli Weisel Quotes

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.”

To learn more about Eli Weisel’s story, click on this link:http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/wie0bio-1

One Response to Eli Weisel Quotes

  1. sbmc53 says:

    Eli’s words ring true today in light of the fanaticism seen from the front pages of the news. A preacher in Gainesville, FL, who believes he is directed by God to burn the Koran and radical Muslims who kill with suicide bombings in the name of Alla. Which is worse? Neither. They are both reflections of hatred of a minority of people. As Eli said in the above quote, “…. 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. The Bible I read talks about God’s love, mercy and grace. If each of us practices those things in our daily lives, then the collective will have a larger impact of changing the world on an unconscious level.

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