Alexander 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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Alexander Solzhenitsyn


“The salvation of mankind lies only in making everything the concern of all”

Alexander Solzhenitsyn


“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


“The Universe has as many different centers as there are living beings in it”

Alexander Solzhenitsyn


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

Alexander Solzhenitsyn


“I am of course confident that I will fulfill my tasks as a writer in all circumstances -- from my grave even more successfully and more irrefutably than in my lifetime. No one can bar the road to truth, and to advance its cause I am prepared to accept even death. But may it be that repeated lessons will finally teach us not to stop the writer's pen during his lifetime? At no time has this ennobled our history.”

Alexander Solzhenitsyn


“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


“It is not the level of prosperity that makes for happiness but the kinship of heart to heart and the way we look at the world. Both attitudes are within our power . . . a man is happy so long as he chooses to be happy, and no one can stop him.”

Alexander Solzhenitsyn


“Human beings yield in many situations, even important and spiritual and central ones, as long as it prolongs one's well-being.”

Alexander Solzhenitsyn


“Human beings yield in many situations, even important and spiritual and central ones, as long as it prolongs one's well-being.”

Alexander Solzhenitsyn


“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


“No one can bar the road to truth, and to advance its cause I am prepared to accept even death. But may it be that repeated lessons will finally teach us not to stop the writer's pen during his lifetime?”

Alexander Solzhenitsyn


“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


“The battleline between good and evil runs through the heart of every man.”

Alexander Solzhenitsyn


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

Alexander Solzhenitsyn


“Literature becomes the living memory of a nation.”

Alexander Solzhenitsyn