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    Elie Wiesel
    (1928 - ) Author, Holocaust survivor; winner of the Nobel Peace Prize (1986)
  1. Indifference, to me, is the epitome of evil. [interview, 1986]
  2. The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of beauty is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, but indifference between life and death. [interview, 1986]
  3. A moral society is committed to memory: I believe in memory. The Greek word alethia means Truth, Things that cannot be forgotten. I believe in those things that cannot be forgotten. [lecture at Lewis & Clark College, 1995]
  4. There is a difference between a book of two hundred pages from the very beginning, and a book of two hundred pages which is the result of an original eight hundred pages. The six hundred are there. Only you don't see them.
  5. 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. [magazine interview, 2000]
  6. 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. [magazine interview, 2000]
  7. In Jewish history there are no coincidences. [interview, 2004]
  8. No human race is superior; no religious faith is inferior. All collective judgments are wrong. Only racists make them. [1992]
  9. Just as man cannot live without dreams, he cannot live without hope. If dreams reflect the past, hope summons the future. [Nobel lecture, 1986]
  10. For us, forgetting was never an option. Remembering is a noble and necessary act. The call of memory, the call to memory, reaches us from the very dawn of history. No commandment figures so frequently, so insistently, in the Bible. It is incumbent upon us to remember the good we have received, and the evil we have suffered. [Nobel lecture, 1986]
  11. 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. [Nobel lecture, 1986]
  12. A destruction only man can provoke, only man can prevent. Mankind must remember that peace is not God's gift to his creatures, it is our gift to each other. [Nobel lecture, 1986]
  13. I don't believe in accidents. There are only encounters in history. There are no accidents.

  14. Albert Wiggam (Albert Edward Wiggam)
    ( - ) American Author, Scientist and lecturer
  15. Intelligence appears to be the thing that enables a man to get along without education. Education enables a man to get along without the use of his intelligence.

  16. Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde )
    (1854 - 1900) Influential Irish Author, PLaywright and Poet
    Poems by Oscar Wilde
  17. Ah! Don't say that you agree with me. When People agree with me I always feel that I must be wrong.
  18. Always forgive your enemies, nothing annoys them quite so much.
  19. Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write it. [from The Critic as Artist, 1891]
  20. Art finds her own perfection within, and not outside of herself. She is not to be judged by any external standard of resemblance. She is a veil, rather than a mirror. [from Intentions, 1881]
  21. Art never expresses anything but itself.
  22. As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular. [from The Critic as Artist, 1891]
  23. Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same.
  24. The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame.
  25. Clergymen and people who use phrases without wisdom sometimes talk of suffering as a mystery. It is really a revelation.
  26. Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative. [1885]
  27. Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation.
  28. A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.
  29. Education is an admirable thing. But it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught. [from A Few Maxims For The Instruction Of The Over-Educated, 1894]
  30. Every great man nowadays has his disciples, and it is always Judas who writes the biography.
  31. Experience is one thing you can't get for nothing.
  32. Friendship is far more tragic than love. It lasts longer. [from A Few Maxims For The Instruction Of The Over-Educated, 1894]
  33. Hard work is simply the refuge of people who have nothing whatever to do. [from The Remarkable Rocket, 1888]
  34. History is merely gossip.
  35. I dislike arguments of any kind. They are always vulgar, and often convincing.
  36. If we men married the women we deserved, we should have a very bad time of it. [from An Ideal Husband, 1895]
  37. If you don't get everything you want, think of the things you don't get that you don't want.
  38. I have nothing to declare but my genius.
  39. Imagination is a quality given a man to compensate him for what he is not, and a sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is.
  40. I see when men love women they give but a little of their lives but women when they love give everything.
  41. It is always with the best intentions that the worst work is done.
  42. Journalism is unreadable, and literature is not read. [from The Critic as Artist, 1891]
  43. Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life. [from The Decay of Lying, 1889]
  44. Literature always anticipates life. It does not copy it, but molds it to its purpose. The nineteenth century, as we know it, is largely an invention of Balzac.
  45. A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.
  46. Men always want to be a woman's first love - women like to be a man's last romance.
  47. Men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious: both are disappointed. [from A Woman of No Importance, 1893]
  48. Most modern calendars mar the sweet simplicity of our lives by reminding us that each day that passes is the anniversary of some perfectly uninteresting event. [1887]
  49. Mrs. Otis had a magnificent constitution and a really wonderful amount of animal spirits. Indeed, in mnay respects she was quite English and was an excellent example of the fact that we have really everything in common with America nowadays, except, of course, the language. [from The Canterville Ghost, 1891]
  50. My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or the other of us has to go. [1990]
  51. No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist. [from The Decay of Lying, 1889]
  52. None of us can stand other people who have the same faults as ourselves.
  53. Nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
  54. The old believe everything; the middle-aged suspect everything; the young know everything.
  55. The one charm of marriage is that it makes a life of deception a necessity.
  56. One should always be in love. That is the reason one should never marry.
  57. A poet can survive everything but a misprint. [1886]
  58. Put your talent into your work, but your genius into your life.
  59. The recognition of private property has really harmed Individualism,and obscured it, by confusing a man with what he possesses.
  60. Religion is the fashionable substitute for belief.
  61. Satire is always as sterile as it is shameful and is impotent as it is insolent.
  62. There are two ways of disliking poetry; one way is to dislike it, the other is to read Pope
  63. There is no sin except stupidity. [from The Critic as Artist, 1891]
  64. A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it. [from The Portrait of Mr. W.H., 1989]
  65. To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance. [from An Ideal Husband, 1895]
  66. A true friend stabs you in the front
  67. The true perfection of man lies, not on what man has, but in what man is.
  68. Truth in matter of religion is simply the opinion that has survived.
  69. When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers.
  70. Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood.
  71. The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast.
  72. from The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891:

  73. All art is at once surface and symbol.
    Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril.
    Those who read the symbol do so at their peril.
    It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
  74. The artist is the creator of beautiful things.
  75. The basis of optimism is sheer terror.
  76. Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.
  77. Conscience and cowardice are really the same things.
  78. Each time that one loves is the only time one has ever loved.
  79. Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. The sitter is merely the accident, the occasion. It is not he who is revealed by the painter; it is rather the painter who, on the coloured canvas, reveals himself.
  80. Genius lasts longer than beauty.
  81. I don't want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.
  82. It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances. The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.
  83. It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution.
  84. Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one.
  85. A man can be happy with any woman, as long as he does not love her.
  86. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
  87. Nothing makes one so vain as being told that one is a sinner.
  88. Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one's mistakes.
  89. Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.
  90. People are very fond of giving away what they need most themselves.
  91. Punctuality is the thief of time.
  92. The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.
  93. There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up.
  94. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.
  95. There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.
  96. Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault.
    Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope.
    They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty.
  97. To be popular one must be a mediocrity.
  98. To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable.
  99. When a woman marries again, it is because she detested her first husband. When a man marries again, it is because he adored his first wife. Women try their luck; men risk theirs.
  100. When I like people immensely, I never tell their names to any one. It is like surrendering a part of them.
  101. When one is in love, one always begins by deceiving one's self, and one always ends by deceiving others.
  102. Women are a decorative sex. They never have anything to say, but they say it charmingly.
  103. Women love us for our defects. If we have enough of them, they will forgive us everything, even our intellects.
  104. A woman will flirt with anybody in the world as long as other people are looking on.
  105. You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit.
  106. from Lady Windermere's Fan, 1892:

  107. Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship.
  108. Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.
  109. I am the only person in the world I should like to know thoroughly.
  110. I can resist everything except temptation.
  111. I have never admitted that I am more than twenty-nine, or thirty at the most. Twenty-nine when there are pink shades, thirty when there are not.
  112. In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.
  113. It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.
  114. Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about it.
  115. My experience is that as soon as people are old enough to know better, they don't know anything at all.
  116. My own business always bores me to death. I prefer other people's.
  117. Nowadays we are all of us so hard up that the only pleasant things to pay are compliments. They're the only things we can pay.
  118. We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
  119. What a pity that in life we only get our lessons when they are of no use to us.
  120. What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.
  121. from Phrases and Philosophies for the use of the Young , 1894:

  122. Ambition is the last refuge of failure.
  123. Religions die when they are proved to be true. Science is the record of dead religions.
  124. If one tells the truth, one is sure, sooner or later, to be found out.
  125. Only the shallow know themselves.
  126. In examinations the foolish ask questions that the wise cannot answer.
  127. The old believe everything; the middle-aged suspect everything; the young know everything.
  128. from The Importance of being Earnest, 1895:

  129. The absence of old friends one can endure with equanimity. But even a momentary separation from anyone to whom one has just been introduced is almost unbearable.
  130. All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. Thatís his.
  131. The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what Fiction means.
  132. If I am occasionally a little over-dressed, I make up for it by being immensely over-educated.
  133. Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone.
  134. I have always been of opinion that a man who desires to get married should know either everything or nothing.
  135. I hope you're not leading a double life, pretending to be wicked while being really good all the time. That would be hypocrisy.
  136. I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.
  137. In married life, three is company, and two is none.
  138. It is very vulgar to talk like a dentist when one isn't a dentist. It produced a false impression.
  139. Never speak disrespectfully of Society, Algernon. Only people who canít get into it do that.
  140. On an occaision of this kind it becomes more than a moral duty to speak one's mind. It becomes a pleasure.
  141. The only way to behave to a woman is to make love to her if she is pretty and to someone else if she is plain.
  142. To lose one parent, Mr Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.
  143. To speak frankly, I am not in favour of long engagements. They give people the opportunity of finding out each otherís character before marriage, which I think is never advisable.
  144. The truth is rarely pure and never simple. Modern life would be very tedious if it were either, and modern literature a complete impossibility!
  145. Well, I can't eat muffins in an agitated manner. The butter would probably get on my cuffs. One must eat muffins quite calmly, it is the only way to eat them.


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