43 Total Quotes

Alexander Solzhenitsyn Quotes

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.
Alexander Solzhenitsyn
#American Musician #Conscience

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.
Alexander Solzhenitsyn
#Russian Author #Emotions

The Universe has as many different centers as there are living beings in it
Alexander Solzhenitsyn
#Living

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

Own only what you can always carry with you: know languages, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag.
Alexander Solzhenitsyn
#American Musician #Memory

Even the most rational approach to ethics is defenseless if there isn't the will to do what is right
Alexander Solzhenitsyn
#Ethics

Our envy of others devours us most of all
Alexander Solzhenitsyn
#Envy

The one and only substitute for experience which we have not ourselves had is art, literature
Alexander Solzhenitsyn
#Art

The sole substitute for an experience which we have not ourselves lived through is art and literature.
Alexander Solzhenitsyn
#American Musician #Art

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
Alexander Solzhenitsyn
#Force

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.
Alexander Solzhenitsyn
#Happiness #Affection

In our country, the lie has become not just a moral category but a pillar of the State
Alexander Solzhenitsyn
#Country

Patriotism means unqualified and unwavering love for the nation, which implies not uncritical eagerness to serve, not support for unjust claims, but frank assessment of its vices and sins, and penitence for them
Alexander Solzhenitsyn
#Love

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.
Alexander Solzhenitsyn
#Life #Russian Author

The revolution is an amalgam of former Party functionaries, quasi- democrats, KGB officers, and black-market wheeler-dealers, who are standing in power now and have represented a dirty hybrid unseen in world history
Alexander Solzhenitsyn
#Democrats

How can you expect a man who's warm to understand one who's cold?
Alexander Solzhenitsyn
#American Musician #Man

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?
Alexander Solzhenitsyn
#Evil

Literature becomes the living memory of a nation.
Alexander Solzhenitsyn
#American Musician #Literature

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

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.
Alexander Solzhenitsyn
#Literature

Human beings yield in many situations, even important and spiritual and central ones, as long as it prolongs one's well-being.
Alexander Solzhenitsyn
#American Musician

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.
Alexander Solzhenitsyn
#American Musician