Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Quotes

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It is easier to be wise for others than for ourselves.
— Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

wisdom human nature

How can you expect a man who's warm to understand one who's cold?

understanding others the human condition

Art thaws even the frozen, darkened soul, opening it to lofty spiritual experience.
— Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

art

Justice is conscience, not a personal conscience but the conscience of the whole of humanity.

justice

We do not err because truth is difficult to see. It is visible at a glance. We err because this is more comfortable.
— Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

truth human nature

The line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being.  And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?

good and evil

The line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between political parties either—but right through every human heart.
— Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

character

For a country to have a great writer is like having a second government.  That is why no regime has ever loved great writers, only minor ones.

writers

Work was like a stick.  It had two ends.  When you worked for the knowing you gave them quality; when you worked for a fool you simply gave him eyewash.

work

Literature transmits incontrovertible condensed experience... from generation to generation. In this way literature becomes the living memory of a nation.
— Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

literature memory

Art extends each man's short time on earth by carrying from man to man the whole complexity of other men's lifelong experience, with all its burdens, colors and flavor.

art

It is not because the truth is too difficult to see that we make mistakes. It may even lie on the surface; but 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.

selfishness mistakes truth

It is not because the truth is too difficult to see that we make mistakes. It may even lie on the surface; but 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.

self-deception mistakes