"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."
"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn on Abraham Lincoln
"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn on Margaret Thatcher
"Knowledge will give you power, but character respect."Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn on Bruce Lee
"All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth."Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character is power."Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn on Booker T. Washington
"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."