"Religion always remains higher than everyday life. In order to make the elevation towards religion easier for people, religion must be able to alter its forms in relation to the consciousness of modern man."
"This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple the philosophy is kindness."Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn on Dalai Lama
"I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn on Mahatma Gandhi
"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else."Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn on C. S. Lewis
"Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither."Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn on C. S. Lewis
"I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn't, than live my life as if there isn't and die to find out there is."Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn on Albert Camus
"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."