Quotes by Aleksandr Solzjenitsyn

Aleksandr Solzjenitsyn

Aleksandr Solzjenitsyn

Russian Novelist

Alive from: 1918-2008

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    A man is happy so long as he chooses to be happy and nothing can stop him.
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    A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.
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    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.
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    Everything you add to the truth subtracts from the truth.
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    First would be the literary side, then the spiritual and philosophical. The political side is required principally because of the necessity of the current Russian position.
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    For a country to have a great writer is like having another government. That's why no régime has ever loved great writers, only minor ones.
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    For us in Russia communism is a dead dog. For many people in the West, it is still a living lion.
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    Hastiness and superficiality are the psychic diseases of the twentieth century, and more than anywhere else this disease is reflected in the press.
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    How can you expect a man who's warm to understand one who's cold?
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    Human beings yield in many situations, even important and spiritual and central ones, as long as it prolongs one's well-being.
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    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.
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    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.
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    If one is forever cautious, can one remain a human being?
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    In our country the lie has become not just a moral category but a pillar of the State.
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    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.
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