Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Quotes

Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn (/?so?l???ni?ts?n, ?s??l-/; Russian: ?????????? ???????? ???????????, pronounced [?l???ksandr ??sa?v??t? s?l???n?its?n]; 11 December 1918 – 3 August 2008) (often Romanized to Alexandr or Alexander) was a Russian novelist, historian, and short story writer. He was an outspoken critic of the Soviet Union and communism and helped to raise global awareness of its Gulag forced labor camp system. He was allowed to publish only one work in the Soviet Union, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (1962), in the periodical Novy Mir. After this he had to publish in the West, most notably Cancer Ward (1968), August 1914 (1971), and The Gulag Archipelago (1973). Solzhenitsyn was awarded the 1970 Nobel Prize in Literature "for the ethical force with which he has pursued the indispensable traditions of Russian literature". Solzhenitsyn was afraid to go to Stockholm to receive his award for fear that he would not be allowed to reenter. He was eventually expelled from the Soviet Union in 1974, but returned to Russia in 1994 after the state's dissolution

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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


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.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


Own only what you can always carry with you: know languages, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


When truth is discovered by someone else, it loses something of its attractiveness.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


Hastiness and superficiality are the psychic diseases of the 20th century, and more than anywhere else this disease is reflected in the press.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


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

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


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."

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


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.

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A man is happy so long as he chooses to be happy and nothing can stop him.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


The name of 'reform' simply covers what is latently a process of the theft of the national heritage.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


But nothing is all black in nature.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


Cracks make caves collapse.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


The sole substitute for an experience which we have not ourselves lived through is art and literature.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


Shall I describe the happiness it gave me to go into the classroom and pick up the chalk? ... It seemed to me the supreme, heartbreaking happiness to enter a classroom carrying a register as that bell rang, and start a lesson with the mysterious air of one about to unfold wonders.

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How quickly a zek (a prisoner) gets cheeky-or, putting it in literary language, how quickly a man's requirements grow.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


Any man who has once proclaimed violence as his method is inevitably forced to take the lie as his principle.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn