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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn – 18 Quotes

 

18 Quotes by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

 

It would have been difficult to design a path out of communism worse than the one that has been followed.

– Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


I can say without affectation that I belong to the Russian convict world no less than I do to Russian literature. I got my education there, and it will last forever.

– Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


Literature transmits incontrovertible condensed experience… from generation to generation. In this way literature becomes the living memory of a nation.

– Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


The sole substitute for an experience which we have not ourselves lived through is art and literature.

– Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


It is not because the truth is too difficult to see that we make mistakes… we make mistakes because the easiest and most comfortable course for us is to seek insight where it accords with our emotions – especially selfish ones.

– Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


Woe to that nation whose literature is cut short by the intrusion of force. This is not merely interference with freedom of the press but the sealing up of a nation’s heart, the excision of its memory.

– Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


It is the artist who realizes that there is a supreme force above him and works gladly away as a small apprentice under God’s heaven.

– Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


The battleline between good and evil runs through the heart of every man.

– Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


For a country to have a great writer is like having a second government. That is why no regime has ever loved great writers, only minor ones.

– Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


Our government declared that it is conducting some kind of great reforms. In reality, no real reforms were begun and no one at any point has declared a coherent programme.

– Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


I have spent all my life under a Communist regime, and I will tell you that a society without any objective legal scale is a terrible one indeed. But a society with no other scale but the legal one is not quite worthy of man either.

– Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


You only have power over people so long as you don’t take everything away from them. But when you’ve robbed a man of everything, he’s no longer in your power – he’s free again.

– Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


Of course God is endlessly multi-dimensional so every religion that exists on earth represents some face, some side of God.

– Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


Religion always remains higher than everyday life. In order to make the elevation towards religion easier for people, religion must be able to alter its forms in relation to the consciousness of modern man.

– Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


Own only what you can always carry with you: know languages, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag.

– Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


Everything you add to the truth subtracts from the truth.

– Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.

– Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


The next war… may well bury Western civilization forever.

– Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


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