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All Quotes by author - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
" A man is happy so long as he chooses to be happy and nothing can stop him. "
" Any man who has once proclaimed violence as his method is inevitably forced to take the lie as his principle. "
" Anyone who has proclaimed violence his method inexorably must choose lying as his principle. "
" A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny. "
" 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. "
" For us in Russia, communism is a dead dog, while, for many people in the West, it is still a living lion. "
" Hastiness and superficiality are the psychic diseases of the 20th century, and more than anywhere else this disease is reflected in the press. "
" How can you expect a man who's warm to understand one who's cold? "
" Human beings yield in many situations, even important and spiritual and central ones, as long as it prolongs one's well-being. "
" If one is forever cautious, can one remain a human being? "
" 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. "
" In our country the lie has become not just a moral category but a pillar of the State. "
" 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. "
" It is time in the West to defend not so much human rights as human obligations. "
" 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. "
" Literature transmits incontrovertible condensed experience... from generation to generation. In this way literature becomes the living memory of a nation. "
" Man has set for himself the goal of conquering the world but in the processes loses his soul. "
" Not everything has a name. Some things lead us into a realm beyond words. "
" Own only what you can always carry with you: know languages, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag. "
" The battleline between good and evil runs through the heart of every man. "
" The clock of communism has stopped striking. But its concrete building has not yet come crashing down. For that reason, instead of freeing ourselves, we must try to save ourselves from being crushed by its rubble. "
" The salvation of mankind lies only in making everything the concern of all. "
" Violence can only be concealed by a lie, and the lie can only be maintained by violence. "
" We have arrived at an intellectual chaos. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
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