Elie Wiesel Quote

“The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference.”

~ Elie Wiesel


Ratings and Comments


Tiffanie, Scottsdale, Az

This quote can be put to so many types of things in life but the real question is, Why indifference?

Raymond Howard, Mentone, Ca.

There is a fine line between love and hate, and of hate, it is usually what you find in yourself that causes antipathy towards someone else, or group or nation. Elie Wiesel attempts to suggest that there was indifference in Germany to the plight of the Jew. His ethnocentric concern...the Jew! Now he appears on Oprah Winfrey, (May 24th adn 25th and reviews the camp of Auswitch and "his" experience. Beyone this, the show "showcases" attrocities in Rwanda where "survivors" of that smirch on humanity come forward and amongst them write along with other "endurers" of outrageous social, usually inner city conflicts write about their empathy with "Night.", and receive first $5,000.00 scholarships from Elie Wiesel through the writing contest, and then matched by Oprah Winfrey for a total of each awarded participant $10,000.00. Wonderful, we can write about "Never forgetting" the "Holocaust", a term originally derived at the alter in Jerusalem much prior to 70 A.D. of which was the last officiation of such sacrifice of Jewish Priests being the Romans tore down the Temple after slaughtering most of the Temple magnates more for their "politics" than their religion! It's the cause of "never let it happen again" which is moronic! As long as there are people in the world like Elie Wiesel self absorbed in ethnocentricity that is just as bad as any German, Hispanic etc. there is going to be no end to the murder and mayhem on the grand scale of geopolitics!

Ana
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Ana    5/22/07
RobertSRQ

Forget the individual behind the words it's the words that matter. The point being made stands on solid ground and should be judged on that alone. Indifference is the harbinger of hate and cruelty regardless which faith base or political party you belong to. Indifference is standing by idly by while an injustice is being perpetrated. Indifference is the course of injustice, despots, and dictators.

Anon, USSA

I wonder would that apply to the indifference shown the American people by a governmental system that threw us all overboard 30 years ago?

Mike, Norwalk

Depending on how you define love, there are a lot of opposites.

E Archer, NYC

Anon took the words out of my mouth. The loss of Liberty in America is primarily due to indifference, not due to those "that hate us for our freedom."

Ken, Allyn, WA

What's the difference between ignorance and apathy? I don't know and I don't care.

Jack, Green, OH

I wonder if Elie Wiesel is truly the author of the quote. I am older than he is and it seems I have known it most of my life. I have no idea where I first heard it but I have always liked it After all, to love someone is simply to care deeply about him or her Not caring is the opposite of caring and not necessarilly hating as most people would assume

warren, olathe

To hate or love you have to care.

Jack, Green, OH

Isn't a milder way of saying you hate something to say you don't care for it? How can that be interpreted as you care for it? I never heard the word caring used that way.

Anonymous, Beaumont, Tx

I think this quote speaks volumes and is relative to so many things including the love between an man and a woman

Victoria mott, la

LOVE IS HRED ON PEOPLE

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