40 Total Quotes

Russian Author Quotes

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
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Hastiness and superficiality are the psychic diseases of the 20th century, and more than anywhere else this disease is reflected in the press.
Aleksander Solzhenitsyn
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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.
Aleksander Solzhenitsyn
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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.
Aleksander Solzhenitsyn
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For a country to have a great writer is like having a second government. That is why no regime has ever loved great writers, only minor ones.
Aleksander Solzhenitsyn
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If one is forever cautious, can one remain a human being?
Aleksander Solzhenitsyn
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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.
Aleksander Solzhenitsyn
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The name of "reform" simply covers what is latently a process of the theft of the national heritage.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
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It would have been difficult to design a path out of communism worse than the one that has been followed.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
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Of course God is endlessly multi-dimensional so every religion that exists on earth represents some face, some side of God.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
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Religion always remains higher than everyday life. In order to make the elevation towards religion easier for people, religion must be able to alter its forms in relation to the consciousness of modern man.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
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The next war... may well bury Western civilization forever.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
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Today when we say the West we are already referring to the West and to Russia. We could use the word "modernity" if we exclude Africa, and the Islamic world, and partially China.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
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We have arrived at an intellectual chaos.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
#Russian Author

You can have power over people as long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything, he's no longer in you power.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
#Russian Author

Any man who has once proclaimed violence as his method is inevitably forced to take the lie as his principle.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
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There are a lot of clear thinkers everywhere.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
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A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
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Anyone who has proclaimed violence his method inexorably must choose lying as his principle.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
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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.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
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I cannot suggest political ways out, that is the task of politicians, so it is simply that those who accuse me of this do not know how to read.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
#Russian Author

Man has set for himself the goal of conquering the world but in the processes loses his soul.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
#Russian Author

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
#Russian Author

In order to have an enemy, one must be somebody. One must be a force before he can be resisted by another force. A malicious enemy is better than a clumsy friend.
Anne Swetchine
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There are two ways of attaining an important end, force and perseverance; the silent power of the latter grows irresistible with time.
Anne Swetchine
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In this world of change, nothing which comes stays, and nothing which goes is lost.
Anne Swetchine
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The ideal friendship is to feel as one while remaining two.
Anne Swetchine
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Strength alone knows conflict, weakness is born vanquished.
Anne Swetchine
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The mind wears the colors of the soul, as a valet those of his master.
Anne Swetchine
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We expect everything and are prepared for nothing.
Anne Swetchine
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