"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."
"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn on Mahatma Gandhi
"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life."Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn on Robert A. Heinlein
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"There is more to life than increasing its speed."Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn on Mahatma Gandhi
"It would have been difficult to design a path out of communism worse than the one that has been followed."
"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."
"Literature transmits incontrovertible condensed experience... from generation to generation. In this way literature becomes the living memory of a nation."
"The sole substitute for an experience which we have not ourselves lived through is art and literature."
"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."
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