Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn was a Soviet and Russian novelist, dramatist, and historian. Through his writings he helped to make the world aware of the Gulag, the Soviet Union's forced labor camp system – particularly The Gulag Archipelago and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, two of his best-known works. Solzhenitsyn was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1970.
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Own only what you can always carry with you: know languages, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag.
The battleline between good and evil runs through the heart of every man.
The sole substitute for an experience which we have not ourselves lived through is art and literature.
A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.
Literature becomes the living memory of a nation.
How can you expect a man who's warm to understand one who's cold?
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.
It would have been difficult to design a path out of communism worse than the one that has been followed.
The clock of communism has stopped striking.
But its concrete building has not yet come crashing down. For that reason, instead of freeing ourselves, we must try to save ourselves from being crushed by its rubble.
I have always insisted on the need for local self-government for Russia, but I never opposed this model to Western democracy. On the contrary, I have tried to convince my fellow citizens by citing the examples of highly effective local self-government systems in Switzerland and New England, both of which I saw first-hand.
Hastiness and superficiality are the psychic diseases of the 20th century, and more than anywhere else this disease is reflected in the press.
Of course God is endlessly multi-dimensional so every religion that exists on earth represents some face, some side of God.
The secret is that when you've been pitched head first into hell you just write about it
We have to condemn publicly the very idea that some people have the right to repress others... When we neither punish nor reproach evildoers ... we are ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations.
The name of "reform" simply covers what is latently a process of the theft of the national heritage.
We have to condemn the very idea that some people have the right to repress others.
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.
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.
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.
A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.
Blow the dust off the clock. Your watches are behind the times. Throw open the heavy curtains which are so dear to you - you do not even suspect that the day has already dawned outside.
Man has set for himself the goal of conquering the world but in the processes loses his soul.
We have arrived at an intellectual chaos.
Anyone who has proclaimed violence his method inexorably must choose lying as his principle.
The next war... may well bury Western civilization forever.
If one is forever cautious, can one remain a human being?
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.
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.
A great number of publications and movies on the history of the 20th century - albeit of uneven quality - are evidence of a growing demand. Quite recently, the state-owned TV channel 'Russia' aired a series based on Varlam Shalamov's works, showing the terrible, cruel truth about Stalin's camps. It was not watered down.
Our government declared that it is conducting some kind of great reforms.
In reality, no real reforms were begun and no one at any point has declared a coherent programme.
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.
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.
Any man who has once proclaimed violence as his method is inevitably forced to take the lie as his principle.
An opposition is necessary and desirable for the healthy development of any country. You can scarcely find anyone in opposition, except for the communists, just like in Yeltsin's times. It is regrettable that there is still no constructive, clear and large-scale opposition in Russia. The growth and development of an opposition, as well as the maturing of other democratic institutions, will take more time and experience.
Vladimir Putin inherited a ransacked and bewildered country, with a poor and demoralized people. And he started to do what was possible - a slow and gradual restoration. These efforts were not noticed, nor appreciated, immediately. In any case, one is hard pressed to find examples in history when steps by one country to restore its strength were met favorably by other governments.
If only it were all so simple! 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?
A great writer is, so to speak, a secret government in his country