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Quotes by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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Wikipedia Summary for Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn (11 December 1918 – 3 August 2008) was a Russian novelist, philosopher, historian, short story writer and political prisoner. One of the most famous Soviet dissidents, Solzhenitsyn was an outspoken critic of communism and helped to raise global awareness of human rights abuses, the Gulag concentration camp system and political repression in the Soviet Union.

Solzhenitsyn was born into a family that defied the Soviet anti-religious campaign and remained devout members of the Russian Orthodox Church. While still very young, however, Solzhenitsyn lost his faith in Christianity and became a firm believer in both atheism and Marxism–Leninism. While serving as a captain in the Red Army during World War II, Solzhenitsyn was arrested by the SMERSH and sentenced to eight years in the Gulag and then internal exile for criticizing Josef Stalin in a private letter.

By the time of his release, Solzhenitsyn had returned to the religion of his childhood and was determined to expose the countless human rights abuses committed by the Soviet state.

He was allowed to publish only one work in the Soviet Union, the novel One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (1962). Although the reforms brought by Nikita Khrushchev freed him from exile in 1956, the publication of Cancer Ward (1968), August 1914 (1971), and The Gulag Archipelago (1973) outraged the Soviet authorities, and Solzhenitsyn lost his Soviet citizenship in 1974 and was flown to West Germany, and in 1976 he moved with his family to the United States, where he continued to write. In 1990, shortly before the dissolution of the Soviet Union, his citizenship was restored, and four years later he returned to Russia, where he remained until his death in 2008.

He was awarded the 1970 Nobel Prize in Literature "for the ethical force with which he has pursued the indispensable traditions of Russian literature". His The Gulag Archipelago was a highly influential work that "amounted to a head-on challenge to the Soviet state" and sold tens of millions of copies.

Quote: Violence can only be concealed by a lie, and the lie can only be maintained by violence. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of selective focus photography of brown and black butterfly flying near blooming purple petaled flowers
Photo Credit: Gary Bendig

Violence can only be concealed by a lie, and the lie can only be maintained by violence.


Quote: But it is human to be outraged by injustice, even to the point of courting destruction! by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

But it is human to be outraged by injustice, even to the point of courting destruction!


Quote: To destroy a people, you must first sever their roots. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

To destroy a people, you must first sever their roots.


Quote: Skepticism is a way of freeing the dogmatic mind, and that's where its value lies. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

Skepticism is a way of freeing the dogmatic mind, and that's where its value lies.


Quote: Surrender one hair, and you'll end up beardless. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

Surrender one hair, and you'll end up beardless.


Quote: People who are at ease with their consciences always look happy. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

People who are at ease with their consciences always look happy.




Quote: It would have been difficult to design a path out of communism worse than the one that has been followed. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

It would have been difficult to design a path out of communism worse than the one that has been followed.


Quote: A horrible human toll the Russian Orthodox Church suffered throughout almost the entire 20th century. The Church is just rising from its knees. Our young post-Soviet state is just learning to respect the Church as an independent institution. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

A horrible human toll the Russian Orthodox Church suffered throughout almost the entire 20th century. The Church is just rising from its knees. Our young post-Soviet state is just learning to respect the Church as an independent institution.


Quote: If we look far into the future, one can see a time in the 21st century when both Europe and the USA will be in dire need of Russia as an ally. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

If we look far into the future, one can see a time in the 21st century when both Europe and the USA will be in dire need of Russia as an ally.


Quote: There can be no acceptable future without an honest analysis of the past. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

There can be no acceptable future without an honest analysis of the past.


Quote: That's what arrest is: it's a blinding flash and a blow which shifts the present instantly into the past and the impossible into omnipotent actuality. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

That's what arrest is: it's a blinding flash and a blow which shifts the present instantly into the past and the impossible into omnipotent actuality.


Quote: History is too slow for our life, for our hearts. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

History is too slow for our life, for our hearts.


Quote: A genius doesn't adjust his treatment of a theme to a tyrant's taste. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

A genius doesn't adjust his treatment of a theme to a tyrant's taste.


Quote: You get no thanks from your belly-it always forgets what you've just done for it and comes begging again the next day. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

You get no thanks from your belly-it always forgets what you've just done for it and comes begging again the next day.


Quote: When things are too clear, they are no longer interesting. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

When things are too clear, they are no longer interesting.


Quote: The one good thing about repeating your mistakes is that you know when to cringe. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

The one good thing about repeating your mistakes is that you know when to cringe.


Quote: If one is a professional soldier, it is part of one's job to die sooner or later. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

If one is a professional soldier, it is part of one's job to die sooner or later.


Quote: This is a grave danger: the stoppage of information between the parts of the planet. Contemporary science knows that such stoppage is the way of entropy, of universal destruction. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

This is a grave danger: the stoppage of information between the parts of the planet. Contemporary science knows that such stoppage is the way of entropy, of universal destruction.


Quote: You know the words from the Bible: 'Build not on sand, but on rock....' Tyrant leaders respect only firmness...and laugh at persons who give in to them. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

You know the words from the Bible: 'Build not on sand, but on rock....' Tyrant leaders respect only firmness...and laugh at persons who give in to them.


Quote: The inexorable lesson of centuries: suffering must be borne; there is no way out. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

The inexorable lesson of centuries: suffering must be borne; there is no way out.


Human nature is full of riddles and contradictions; its very complexity engenders art-and by art I mean the search for something more than simple linear formulations, flat solutions, oversimplified explanations.


Quote: The earlier, the more fun. Why put it off? It's the atomic age! by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

The earlier, the more fun. Why put it off? It's the atomic age!


Quote: A poet cannot be a Party member ... without paying the price. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

A poet cannot be a Party member ... without paying the price.


Quote: That maxim of Descartes: Question everything! Question everything! by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

That maxim of Descartes: Question everything! Question everything!




Quote: It was wrong to be too pragmatic, to judge people solely by results; it was more humane to judge by intentions. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

It was wrong to be too pragmatic, to judge people solely by results; it was more humane to judge by intentions.


Quote: Let your work warm you up, that was your only salvation. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

Let your work warm you up, that was your only salvation.


Quote: 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. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

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.




Quote: Sometimes I feel quite distinctly that what is inside me is not all of me. There is something else, sublime, quite indestructible, some tiny fragment of the Universal spirit.Don't you feel that? by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

Sometimes I feel quite distinctly that what is inside me is not all of me. There is something else, sublime, quite indestructible, some tiny fragment of the Universal spirit.Don't you feel that?


Quote: We are so attached to the earth, and yet we are incapable of holding onto it. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

We are so attached to the earth, and yet we are incapable of holding onto it.


Quote: Should one point out that from ancient times decline in courage has been considered the beginning of the end? by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

Should one point out that from ancient times decline in courage has been considered the beginning of the end?


Quote: Cracks make caves collapse. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

Cracks make caves collapse.




Quote: The foundation stones of a great building are destined to groan and be pressed upon; it is not for them to crown the edifice. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

The foundation stones of a great building are destined to groan and be pressed upon; it is not for them to crown the edifice.


Quote: Economic growth is not only unncessary, but ruinous. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

Economic growth is not only unncessary, but ruinous.


Quote: We wanted to recreate inside ourselves our former front-line self-assurance. We were pups and we did not understand to what extent the Archipelago was unlike the front, to what degree its war of siege was more difficult than our war of explosives. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

We wanted to recreate inside ourselves our former front-line self-assurance. We were pups and we did not understand to what extent the Archipelago was unlike the front, to what degree its war of siege was more difficult than our war of explosives.


Quote: If you live in a graveyard, you can't weep for everyone. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

If you live in a graveyard, you can't weep for everyone.


Quote: Of course, my views developed in the course of time. But I have always believed in what I did and never acted against my conscience. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

Of course, my views developed in the course of time. But I have always believed in what I did and never acted against my conscience.


Quote: The central government possesses no plan of finding the way out of this blind alley. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

The central government possesses no plan of finding the way out of this blind alley.


Quote: Nowhere on the planet, nowhere in history, was there a regime more vicious, more bloodthirsty, and at the same time more cunning than the Bolshevik, the self-styled Soviet regime. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

Nowhere on the planet, nowhere in history, was there a regime more vicious, more bloodthirsty, and at the same time more cunning than the Bolshevik, the self-styled Soviet regime.


Quote: It's only on a black day that you begin to have friends. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

It's only on a black day that you begin to have friends.


Quote: ​Those prisoners who had been in Buchenwald and survived were, in fact, imprisoned for that very reason in our own camps: How could you have survived an annihilation camp? Something doesn't smell right!​ by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of brown textile in close up image
Photo Credit: engin akyurt

​Those prisoners who had been in Buchenwald and survived were, in fact, imprisoned for that very reason in our own camps: How could you have survived an annihilation camp? Something doesn't smell right!​




Quote: Easy money had no weight: you didn't feel you'd earned it. What you get for a song you won't have for long, the old folks used to say, and they were right. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

Easy money had no weight: you didn't feel you'd earned it. What you get for a song you won't have for long, the old folks used to say, and they were right.




Quote: The essence of life will never be captured by even the greatest of formulas. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

The essence of life will never be captured by even the greatest of formulas.


Quote: That which is called humanism, but what would be more correctly called irreligious anthropocentrism, cannot yield answers to the most essential questions of our life. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

That which is called humanism, but what would be more correctly called irreligious anthropocentrism, cannot yield answers to the most essential questions of our life.


Quote: Only an extraordinary person can turn opportunity into reality. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

Only an extraordinary person can turn opportunity into reality.


Quote: If there were no executioners, there would be no executions. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

If there were no executioners, there would be no executions.


Quote: Evil people always support each other; that is their chief strength. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

Evil people always support each other; that is their chief strength.


Quote: Like a bicycle, like a wheel that, once rolling, is stable only so long as it keeps moving but falls when its momentum stops, so the game between a man and woman, once begun, can exist only so long as it progresses. If the forward movement today is no more than it was yesterday, the game is over. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn quote: Like a bicycle, like a wheel that, once rolling, is stable only so long as it keeps moving but falls when its momentum stops, so the game between a man and woman, once begun, can exist only so long as it progresses. If the forward movement today is no more than it was yesterday, the game is over.- black text on quotes background

Like a bicycle, like a wheel that, once rolling, is stable only so long as it keeps moving but falls when its momentum stops, so the game between a man and woman, once begun, can exist only so long as it progresses. If the forward movement today is no more than it was yesterday, the game is over.


Quote: Some are bound to die young. By dying young a person stays young in people's memory. If he burns brightly before he dies, his brightness shines for all time. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

Some are bound to die young. By dying young a person stays young in people's memory. If he burns brightly before he dies, his brightness shines for all time.


Quote: Lord, give me the strength to accomplish what You've given me to do and the faith to trust You that what I haven't been able to accomplish You've already assigned to someone else. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

Lord, give me the strength to accomplish what You've given me to do and the faith to trust You that what I haven't been able to accomplish You've already assigned to someone else.


Quote: A drop in the ocean has no fear of a hurricane. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

A drop in the ocean has no fear of a hurricane.




Quote: We always pay dearly for chasing after what is cheap. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

We always pay dearly for chasing after what is cheap.


Quote: The very concept of happiness is conditional, a fiction. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

The very concept of happiness is conditional, a fiction.


Quote: Why should I trust you? We haven't drunk from the same bowl of soup. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

Why should I trust you? We haven't drunk from the same bowl of soup.


Quote: Pride grows in the human heart like lard on a pig. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

Pride grows in the human heart like lard on a pig.


Quote: We didn't love freedom enough. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

We didn't love freedom enough.


Quote: You can build the Empire State Building. Train the Prussian army. Elevate the hierarchy of a totalitarian state higher than the throne of the Most High.
But there are still people whose moral superiority defeats your own. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

You can build the Empire State Building. Train the Prussian army. Elevate the hierarchy of a totalitarian state higher than the throne of the Most High.
But there are still people whose moral superiority defeats your own.


Quote: But there are still people whose moral superiority defeats your own. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

But there are still people whose moral superiority defeats your own.


Quote: The October Revolution is a myth generated by the winners, the Bolsheviks, and swallowed whole by progressive circles in the West. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

The October Revolution is a myth generated by the winners, the Bolsheviks, and swallowed whole by progressive circles in the West.


Quote: I dedicate this to all those who did not live to tell it. And may they please forgive me for not having seen it all nor remembered it all, for not having divined all of it -- from The Gulag Archipelago. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of person shadow boxing grayscale
Photo Credit: Timothy Eberly

I dedicate this to all those who did not live to tell it. And may they please forgive me for not having seen it all nor remembered it all, for not having divined all of it -- from The Gulag Archipelago.




Quote: A whole week, a single campaign, a month, a week, even a day was far more than enough to cut a company or platoon to ribbons or cripple a man for life: it needed only a quarter of an hour. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

A whole week, a single campaign, a month, a week, even a day was far more than enough to cut a company or platoon to ribbons or cripple a man for life: it needed only a quarter of an hour.


Quote: Only the first swath cut by the scythe is difficult. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

Only the first swath cut by the scythe is difficult.


Quote: Macbeth's self-justifications were feeble -- and his conscience devoured him. Yes, even Iago was a little lamb too. The imagination and the spiritual strength of Shakespeare's evildoers stopped short at a dozen corpses. Because they had no ideology. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

Macbeth's self-justifications were feeble -- and his conscience devoured him. Yes, even Iago was a little lamb too. The imagination and the spiritual strength of Shakespeare's evildoers stopped short at a dozen corpses. Because they had no ideology.


Quote: People don't know what they are striving for. They waste themselves in senseless thrashing around for the sake of a handful of goods and die without realizing their spiritual wealth. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

People don't know what they are striving for. They waste themselves in senseless thrashing around for the sake of a handful of goods and die without realizing their spiritual wealth.




Quote: Given that interrogations had ceased to be an attempt to get at the truth, for the interrogators in difficult cases they became a mere exercise of their duties as executioners and in easy cases simply a pastime and a basis for receiving a salary. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

Given that interrogations had ceased to be an attempt to get at the truth, for the interrogators in difficult cases they became a mere exercise of their duties as executioners and in easy cases simply a pastime and a basis for receiving a salary.




Quote: One world, one mankind cannot exist in the face of six, four or even two scales of values: We shall be torn apart by this disparity of rhythm, this disparity of vibrations. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

One world, one mankind cannot exist in the face of six, four or even two scales of values: We shall be torn apart by this disparity of rhythm, this disparity of vibrations.


Quote: Mistakes are a great educator when one is honest enough to admit them and willing to learn from them. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

Mistakes are a great educator when one is honest enough to admit them and willing to learn from them.


Quote: An engineer cannot participate in irrationality. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

An engineer cannot participate in irrationality.


Quote: That's why there's a devil--to judge the priests. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

That's why there's a devil--to judge the priests.


Quote: Literature transmits incontrovertible condensed experience... from generation to generation. In this way literature becomes the living memory of a nation. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

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


Quote: Violence does not and cannot flourish by itself; it is inevitably intertwined with lying. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

Violence does not and cannot flourish by itself; it is inevitably intertwined with lying.


Quote: To coexist with communism on the same planet is impossible. Either it will spread, cancer-like, to destroy mankind, or else mankind will have to rid itself of communism (and even then face lengthy treatment for secondary tumors). by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

To coexist with communism on the same planet is impossible. Either it will spread, cancer-like, to destroy mankind, or else mankind will have to rid itself of communism (and even then face lengthy treatment for secondary tumors).


Quote: You took my freedom away a long time ago and you can't give it back because you haven't got it yourself. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

You took my freedom away a long time ago and you can't give it back because you haven't got it yourself.






Quote: If decade after decade the truth cannot be told, each person's mind begins to roam irretrievably. One's fellow countrymen become harder to understand than Martians. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

If decade after decade the truth cannot be told, each person's mind begins to roam irretrievably. One's fellow countrymen become harder to understand than Martians.


Quote: A man used to riding in a car cannot understand a pedestrian. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

A man used to riding in a car cannot understand a pedestrian.


Quote: To do evil a human being must first of all believe that what he's doing is good, or else that it's a well-considered act in conformity with natural law. Fortunately, it is in the nature of the human being to seek a justification for his actions. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

To do evil a human being must first of all believe that what he's doing is good, or else that it's a well-considered act in conformity with natural law. Fortunately, it is in the nature of the human being to seek a justification for his actions.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

To do evil a human being must first of all believe that what he's doing is good, or else that it's a well-considered act in conformity with natural law. Fortunately, it is in the nature of the human being to seek a justification for his actions...
Ideology--that is what gives the evildoing its long-sought justification and gives the evildoer the necessary steadfastness and determination.


Quote: Modern society is hypnotized by socialism. It is prevented by socialism from seeing the mortal danger it is in. And one of the greatest dangers of all is that you have lost all sense of danger, you cannot even see where it's coming from as it moves swiftly towards you. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn quote; white text on black background

Modern society is hypnotized by socialism. It is prevented by socialism from seeing the mortal danger it is in. And one of the greatest dangers of all is that you have lost all sense of danger, you cannot even see where it's coming from as it moves swiftly towards you.


Quote: The heart senses who is friend and who is no friend. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

The heart senses who is friend and who is no friend.




Quote: If... if... We didn't love freedom enough. And even more -- we had no awareness of the real situation. We spent ourselves in one unrestrained outburst in 1917, and then we hurried to submit. We submitted with pleasure! ........... We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn quote: If... if... We didn't love freedom enough. And even more -- we had no awareness of the real situation. We spent ourselves in one unrestrained outburst in 1917, and then we hurried to submit. We submitted with pleasure! ........... We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.- black text on quotes background

If... if... We didn't love freedom enough. And even more -- we had no awareness of the real situation. We spent ourselves in one unrestrained outburst in 1917, and then we hurried to submit. We submitted with pleasure! ........... We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.


Quote: When the whole discussion of developing a national idea hastily began in post-Soviet Russia, I tried to pour cold water on it with the objection that, after all the devastating losses we had experienced, it would be quite sufficient to have just one task: the preservation of a dying people. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn quote: When the whole discussion of developing a national idea hastily began in post-Soviet Russia, I tried to pour cold water on it with the objection that, after all the devastating losses we had experienced, it would be quite sufficient to have just one task: the preservation of a dying people.- black text on quotes background

When the whole discussion of developing a national idea hastily began in post-Soviet Russia, I tried to pour cold water on it with the objection that, after all the devastating losses we had experienced, it would be quite sufficient to have just one task: the preservation of a dying people.


Quote: All the glorified technological achievements of Progress, including the conquest of outer space, do not redeem the Twentieth century's moral poverty which no one could imagine even as late as in the Nineteenth Century. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of backdrop
Photo Credit: Tim Mossholder

All the glorified technological achievements of Progress, including the conquest of outer space, do not redeem the Twentieth century's moral poverty which no one could imagine even as late as in the Nineteenth Century.


Quote: Society must cease to look upon 'progress' as something desirable. 'Eternal Progress' is a nonsensical myth. What must be implemented is not a 'steadily expanding economy', but a zero growth economy, a stable economy. Economic growth is not only unnecessary but ruinous. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn quote; white text on black background

Society must cease to look upon 'progress' as something desirable. 'Eternal Progress' is a nonsensical myth. What must be implemented is not a 'steadily expanding economy', but a zero growth economy, a stable economy. Economic growth is not only unnecessary but ruinous.


Quote: Of course God is endlessly multi-dimensional so every religion that exists on earth represents some face, some side of God. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

Of course God is endlessly multi-dimensional so every religion that exists on earth represents some face, some side of God.


Quote: I refuse to see literature as amusement, as a game. I think that you ought not to approach literature without a moral responsibility for every word you write. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

I refuse to see literature as amusement, as a game. I think that you ought not to approach literature without a moral responsibility for every word you write.


Quote: To reject this inhuman Communist ideology is simply to be a human being. Such a rejection is more than a political act. It is a protest of our souls against those who would have us forget the concepts of good and evil. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of calm ocean
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To reject this inhuman Communist ideology is simply to be a human being. Such a rejection is more than a political act. It is a protest of our souls against those who would have us forget the concepts of good and evil.


Quote: We should clearly understand that only the voluntary and conscientious acceptance by a people of its guilt can ensure the healing of a nation. Unremitting reproaches from outside are counterproductive. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of full-moon above snow-capped mountain painting
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We should clearly understand that only the voluntary and conscientious acceptance by a people of its guilt can ensure the healing of a nation. Unremitting reproaches from outside are counterproductive.


Quote: There is something predetermined in the mutual attraction between Germany and Russia. Otherwise, this attraction would not have survived two ghastly World Wars. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

There is something predetermined in the mutual attraction between Germany and Russia. Otherwise, this attraction would not have survived two ghastly World Wars.


Quote: Scientific research? Only when not at the cost of ethics-and first of all, those of the researchers themselves. by author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with quote

Scientific research? Only when not at the cost of ethics-and first of all, those of the researchers themselves.


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