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Alexander Solzhenitsyn Quotes

(1918), Russian Novelist

One should never direct people towards happiness, because happiness too is an idol of the market-place. One should direct them towards mutual affection. A beast gnawing at its prey can be happy too, but only human beings can feel affection for each other, and this is the highest achievement they can aspire to.

Category: Affection

Not everything has a name. Some things lead us into a realm beyond words.

Category: Arts And Artists

I am of course confident that I will fulfill my tasks as a writer in all circumstances -- from my grave even more successfully and more irrefutably than in my lifetime. No one can bar the road to truth, and to advance its cause I am prepared to accept even death. But may it be that repeated lessons will finally teach us not to stop the writer's pen during his lifetime? At no time has this ennobled our history.

Category: Censorship

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.

Category: Censorship

For us in Russia communism is a dead dog. For many people in the West, it is still a living lion.

Category: Communism And Socialism

A man is happy so long as he chooses to be happy and nothing can stop him.

Category: Happiness

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.

Category: Law And Lawyers

In our country the lie has become not just a moral category but a pillar of the State.

Category: Lies And Lying

Literature that is not the breath of contemporary society, that dares not transmit the pains and fears of that society, that does not warn in time against threatening moral and social dangers -- such literature does not deserve the name of literature; it is only a fašade. Such literature loses the confidence of its own people, and its published works are used as wastepaper instead of being read.

Category: Literature

Hastiness and superficiality are the psychic diseases of the twentieth century, and more than anywhere else this disease is reflected in the press.

Category: Media

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.

Category: Power

Blow the dust off the clock. Your watches are behind the times. Throw open the heavy curtains which are so dear to you -- you do not even suspect that the day has already dawned outside.

Category: Repression

It is time in the West to defend not so much human rights as human obligations.

Category: Responsibility

The salvation of mankind lies only in making everything the concern of all.

Category: Responsibility

Talent is always conscious of its own abundance, and does not object to sharing.

Category: Talent