Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old aleksandr solzhenitsyn quotes, aleksandr solzhenitsyn sayings, and aleksandr solzhenitsyn proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Violence can only be concealed by a lie, and the lie can only be maintained by violence.     

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The battleline between good and evil runs through the heart of every man.     

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A forest doesn't weep over one tree.     

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

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Human beings are born with different capacities. If they are free, they are not equal. And if they are equal, they are not free.     

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Only an extraordinary person can turn opportunity into reality.     

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If a person can build a fence around himself, he is bound to do it.     

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It is in the nature of the human being to seek a justification for his actions.     

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

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A drop in the ocean has no fear of a hurricane.     

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Beat a dog once and you only have to show him the whip     

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Skepticism is a way of freeing the dogmatic mind, and that's where its value lies.     

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If you live in a graveyard, you can't weep for everyone.     

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If only there were evil people out there insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were just simple, we could separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who among us is willing to destroy a piece of their own heart.     

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To destroy a people, you must first sever their roots.     

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The same old caveman feeling-greed, envy, violence, and mutual hate, which along the way assumed respectable pseudonyms like class struggle, racial struggle, mass struggle, labor-union struggle-are tearing our world to pieces.     

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People who are at ease with their consciences always look happy.     

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A drop in the ocean has no fear of a hurricane.     

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On our crowded planet there are no longer any internal affairs!     

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Surrender one hair, and you'll end up beardless.     

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The belly is an ungrateful wretch, it never remembers past favors, it always wants more tomorrow.     

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If you live in a graveyard, you can't weep for everyone.     

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But it is human to be outraged by injustice, even to the point of courting destruction!      

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The solemn pledge to abstain from telling the truth was called socialist realism.     

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It was wrong to be too pragmatic, to judge people solely by results; it was more humane to judge by intentions.     

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Shall I describe the happiness it gave me to go into the classroom and pick up the chalk? ... It seemed to me the supreme, heartbreaking happiness to enter a classroom carrying a register as that bell rang, and start a lesson with the mysterious air of one about to unfold wonders.     

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