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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Quotes and Sayings

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

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

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

 

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

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

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We have arrived at an intellectual chaos.
- 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

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

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

The name of "reform" simply covers what is latently
a process of the theft of the national heritage.
- 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 next war...
may well bury Western civilization forever.
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Talent is God-given; be humble.
Fame is man-given; be thankful.
Conceit is self-given; be careful.
- John Wooden PHOTO

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore PHOTO

All things share the same breath -
the beast, the tree, the man...
the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.
- Chief Seattle (attributed) PHOTO

Circumstance does not make the man: it reveals him to himself.
- James Allen

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person.
Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
- Oscar Wilde PHOTO

The wise man in the storm prays God,
not for safety from danger,
but for deliverance from fear.
It is the storm within which endangers him,
not the storm without.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nearly all men can stand adversity,
but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- Abraham Lincoln

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
- George Eliot

The wise man does not lay up his own treasures.
The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
- Lao Tzu

The full measure of a man is
not to be found in the man himself,
but in the colors and textures that
come alive in others because of him.
- Albert Schweitzer

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.

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl

Two things a man should never be angry at:
what he can help,
and what he cannot help.
- Thomas Fuller

A man is a success if he gets up in
the morning and gets to bed at night,
and in between he does what he wants to do.
- Bob Dylan

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

If a man does his best, what else is there?
- George S. Patton

As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.
- The Bible

A man is but the product of his thoughts -
what he thinks, he becomes.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

No man is free who is not master of himself.
- Epictetus

If a man does not keep pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
- Henry David Thoreau

Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand,
the spines of others are often stiffened.
- Billy Graham

Man falls from the pursuit of the ideal
of plain living and high thinking
the moment he wants to multiply his daily wants.
Man's happiness really lies in contentment.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

If you talk to a man in a language he understands,
that goes to his head.
If you talk to him in his language,
that goes to his heart.
- Nelson Mandela

A man can succeed at almost anything
for which he has unlimited enthusiasm.
- Charles M. Schwab

Money has never made man happy, nor will it,
there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness.
The more of it one has the more one wants.
- Benjamin Franklin

A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.
- John F. Kennedy

Great and good are seldom the same man.
- Winston Churchill

If a man loses pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
Let him step to the music which he hears,
however measured or far away.
- Henry David Thoreau

Every man and woman is born into the world
to do something unique and something distinctive;
and if he or she does not do it,
it will never be done.
- Benjamin E. Mays

Mystery creates wonder, and wonder is the basis
of man's desire to understand.
- Neil Armstrong

A wise man will make haste to forgive,
because he knows the true value of time,
and will not suffer it to pass away in unnecessary pain.
- Samuel Johnson

To measure the man, measure his heart.
- Malcolm S. Forbes

Many a man fails as an original thinker
simply because his memory is too good.
- Nietzsche

Dear Father in heaven, I'm not a praying man,
but if you're up there and you can hear me ...
show me the way... show me the way.
- It's a Wonderful Life (1946 movie)

If a man empties his purse into his head,
no man can take it away from him.
An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
- Benjamin Franklin

Is the babe young? When I behold it,
it seems more venerable than the oldest man.
- Henry David Thoreau

All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy.
What right have we then to depreciate imagination.
- Carl Jung

There is nothing with which every man is so afraid
as getting to know how enormously much
he is capable of doing and becoming.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Man becomes great exactly in the degree
in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

He is a wise man who does not grieve
for the things which he has not,
but rejoices for those which he has.
- Epictetus

Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him.
- Albert Schweitzer

There is a sufficiency in the world
for man's need but not for man's greed.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Resistance to the organized mass can be effected only
by the man who is as well organized
in his individuality as the mass itself.
- Carl Jung

As soon as man does not take his existence for granted,
but beholds it as something
unfathomably mysterious, thought begins.
- Albert Schweitzer

It is a man's own mind, not his enemy or foe,
that lures him to evil ways.
- The Buddha

When you are offended at any man's fault,
turn to yourself and study your own failings.
Then you will forget your anger.
- Epictetus


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