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First would be the literary side, then the spiritual and philosophical.
by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

First would be the literary side, then the spiritual and philosophical.
The political side is required principally because
of the necessity of the current Russian position.
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

We have arrived at an intellectual chaos.
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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

Hastiness and superficiality are the psychic diseases of the 20th century,
and more than anywhere else this disease is reflected in the press.
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

 

Of course God is endlessly multi-dimensional so every
religion that exists on earth represents some face,
some side of God.
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

The name of "reform" simply covers what is latently
a process of the theft of the national heritage.
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

You can have power over people as long as you don't
take everything away from them.
But when you've robbed a man of everything,
he's no longer in you power.
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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It would have been difficult to design a path out of
communism worse than the one that has been followed.
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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.
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Any man who has once proclaimed violence as his method
is inevitably forced to take the lie as his principle.
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

There are a lot of clear thinkers everywhere.
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Anyone who has proclaimed violence his method inexorably
must choose lying as his principle.
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

The next war...
may well bury Western civilization forever.
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Man has set for himself the goal of conquering the
world but in the processes loses his soul.
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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.
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Our government declared that it is conducting some kind of great reforms.
In reality, no real reforms were begun and no one at
any point has declared a coherent programme.
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

If one is forever cautious, can one remain a human being?
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

You can 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.
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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.
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

I have spent all my life under a Communist regime,
and I will tell you that a society without any objective
legal scale is a terrible one indeed.
But a society with no other scale but the legal one
is not quite worthy of man either.
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Today when we say the West we are already referring
to the West and to Russia.
We could use the word "modernity" if we exclude Africa,
and the Islamic world, and partially China.
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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.
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Woe to that nation whose literature is cut short by the intrusion of force.
This is not merely interference with freedom of the
press but the sealing up of a nation's heart,
the excision of its memory.
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

All things at first appear difficult.
- Chinese proverb

Always be a first-rate version of yourself,
instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
- Judy Garland

Faith is taking the first step,
even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our "Rainbows and Butterflies" are the small miracles of our life -
the little things that are so easy to overlook,
yet so awe inspiring when we take a moment
to notice and to pay attention.
Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh,
for the touch of a hand and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.
- Anonymous

To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first.
- William Shakespeare

Seek first to understand,
then to be understood.
- Stephen Covey

When we step on the battlefield, I will be
The First Boots On and the Last Boots Off.
- LtG. Hal Moore

In order to succeed, you must first be willing to fail.
- Anonymous

Do first things first, and second things not at all.
- Peter F. Drucker

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:
"If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"
But... the good Samaritan reversed the question:
"If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh, for the touch of a hand
and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Self-trust is the first secret of success.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are two things to aim at in life:
first, to get what you want,
and after that to to enjoy it.
- Logan Pearsall Smith

Be gentle first with yourself.
- Lama Yeshe

Know first that you have absolutely no power to change the world,
and then address all your energies and intent toward improving it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Know, first, who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.
- Epictetus

A little simplification would be
the first step toward rational living.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Take a deep breath and do the difficult thing first.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Let every day be the first day
of the rest of your life,
but especially let today be a new beginning.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Put on your own oxygen mask first.
- Airline companies

Non-violence is the first article of my faith.
It is also the last article of my creed.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Let him that would move the world first move himself.
- Socrates

The first step towards the solution
of any problem is optimism.
- John Baines

The first step in the evolution of ethics
is a sense of solidarity with other human beings.
- Albert Schweitzer

If at first you don't succeed, try try again.
- Proverb

The first sigh of love is the last breath of wisdom.
- Anonymous

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
The secret of getting started is
breaking your complex overwhelming tasks
into small manageable tasks,
and starting on the first one.
- Mark Twain

Recognizing my blindness is the first step
toward regaining my sight.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Look at everything as though you were seeing it
either for the first or last time.
Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.
- Betty Smith

The indispensable first step to getting
the things you want out of life is this:
Decide what you want.
- Ben Stein

Habits are cobwebs at first, cables at last.
- Chinese proverb

All truth passes through three stages:
First, it is ridiculed;
Second, it is violently opposed;
Third, it is accepted as self-evident.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Today is the first and last day of forever.
- Edward, from Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer

Nothing happens unless first a dream.
- Carl Sandburg

Be gentle first with yourself -
if you wish to be gentle with others.
- Lama Yeshe

We first make our habits, then our habits make us.
- John Dryden

During the first period of a man's life
the greatest danger is not to take the risk.
- Soren Kierkegaard

First say to yourself what you would be;
then do what you have to do.
- Epictetus

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself -
and you are the easiest person to fool.
- Richard Feynman

Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.
- Samuel Johnson

If you would take, you must first give,
this is the beginning of intelligence.
- Lao Tzu

If we could first know where we are,
and whither we are tending,
we could then better judge what to do,
and how to do it.
- Abraham Lincoln

Every really new idea looks crazy at first.
- Alfred North Whitehead

You grow up the day you have
your first real laugh - at yourself.
- Ethel Barrymore

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all of our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time
- T. S. Eliot


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