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Alexander Solzehnitsyn Quotes

"Not everything has a name. Some things lead us into a realm beyond words."

"For us in Russia communism is a dead dog. For many people in the West, it is still a living lion."

"A man is happy so long as he chooses to be happy and nothing can stop him."

"Everything you add to the truth subtracts from the truth."

"When truth is discovered by someone else, it loses something of its attractiveness."

"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."

"It is time in the West to defend not so much human rights as human obligations."

"The salvation of mankind lies only in making everything the concern of all."

"Talent is always conscious of its own abundance, and does not object to sharing."

"Violence can only be concealed by a lie, and the lie can only be maintained by violence. Any man who has once proclaimed violence as his method is inevitably forced to take the lie as his principle."

"For a country to have a great writer is like having another government. That's why no rTgime has ever loved great writers, only minor ones."

"In keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousandfold in the future. When we neither punish nor reproach evildoers... we are ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations."

"In our country the lie has become not just a moral category but a pillar of the State."

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