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.
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.
Just as despair can come to one only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings.
There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.
Mankind must remember that peace is not God’s gift to his creatures; peace is our gift to each other.
I marvel at the resilience of the Jewish people. Their best characteristic is their desire to remember. No other people has such an obsession with memory.
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.
Man, as long as he lives, is immortal. One minute before his death he shall be immortal. But one minute later, God wins.
No human race is superior; no religious faith is inferior. All collective judgments are wrong. Only racists make them.
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. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.
I have not lost faith in God. I have moments of anger and protest. Sometimes I’ve been closer to him for that reason.
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.
Our obligation is to give meaning to life and in doing so to overcome the passive, indifferent life.
That is my major preoccupation, memory, the kingdom of memory. I want to protect and enrich that kingdom, glorify that kingdom and serve it.
We have to go into the despair and go beyond it, by working and doing for somebody else, by using it for something else.