Alexander Solzhenitsyn Quotes


20 Alexander Solzhenitsyn quotes:



"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."
"Hastiness and superficiality are the psychic diseases of the twentieth century, and more than anywhere else this disease is reflected in the press."
"If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?"
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"Even the most rational approach to ethics is defenseless if there isn't the will to do what is right"
"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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"Our envy of others devours us most of all"
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"Justice is conscience, not a personal conscience but the conscience of the whole of humanity. Those who clearly recognize the voice of their own conscience usually recognize also the voice of justice."
"Own only what you can always carry with you: know languages, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag."
"The sole substitute for an experience which we have not ourselves lived through is art and literature."
"The battleline between good and evil runs through the heart of every man."
"How can you expect a man who's warm to understand one who's cold?"
"Literature becomes the living memory of a nation."
"Human beings yield in many situations, even important and spiritual and central ones, as long as it prolongs one's well-being."
"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."
"For a country to have a great writer is like having another government. That's why no regime has ever loved great writers, only minor ones."
"The task must be to banish from mankind's thought the idea that anybody has the right to use force against righteousness, against justice, against mutual agreements"
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"It is not the level of prosperity that makes for happiness but the kinship of heart to heart and the way we look at the world. Both attitudes are within our power . . . a man is happy so long as he chooses to be happy, and no one can stop him."
"Literature that is not the breath of contemporary society, that dares not transmit the pains and fears of that society . . . loses the confidence of its own people, and its published works are used as wastepaper instead of being read."
"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 fatade. Such literature loses the confidence of its own people, and its published works are used as wastepaper instead of being read."
"The Universe has as many different centers as there are living beings in it"



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