"Literature transmits incontrovertible condensed experience... from generation to generation. In this way literature becomes the living memory of a nation."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn on Mark Twain
"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."
"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."
"Woe to that nation whose literature is cut short by the intrusion of force. This is not merely interference with freedom of the press but the sealing up of a nation's heart, the excision of its memory."