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Alexander Solzhenitsyn Quotes and Sayings

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

It is the artist who realizes that there is a supreme
force above him and works gladly away as a small apprentice under God's heaven.
- Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Human beings yield in many situations,
even important and spiritual and central ones,
as long as it prolongs one's well-being.
- Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Own only what you can always carry with you:
know languages,
know countries, know people.
Let your memory be your travel bag.
- Alexander Solzhenitsyn

 

For us in Russia, communism is a dead dog,
while, for many people in the West, it is still a living lion.
- Alexander Solzhenitsyn

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

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

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The sole substitute for an experience which we have
not ourselves lived through is art and literature.
- Alexander Solzhenitsyn

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

Literature becomes the living memory of a nation.
- Alexander Solzhenitsyn

The clock of communism has stopped striking.
But its concrete building has not yet come crashing down.
For that reason, instead of freeing ourselves,
we must try to save ourselves from being crushed by its rubble.
- Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Justice is conscience, not a personal conscience but
the conscience of the whole of humanity.
Those who clearly recognize the voice of their own
conscience usually recognize also the voice of justice.
- Alexander 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

The externals are important but I'm not interested in superficiality.
- Kyan Douglas

Our enemy is by tradition our savior,
in preventing us from superficiality.
- Joyce Carol Oates

You must renounce all superficiality,
all convention, all vanity and delusion.
- Gustav Mahler

I wasn't an actor.
They they take the externals.
Here I was, a kid thrown into Hollywood with a brand-new name,
starring in motion pictures.
- Tab Hunter

In externals we advance with lightening express speed,
in modes of thought and sympathy we lumber on in stage-coach fashion.
- Frances E. Willard

And Robert Lowell, of course - in his poems,
we're not located in his actual life.
We're located more in the externals,
in the journalistic facts of his life.
- Mark Strand

That said, we don't approach these improvements as
only a surface aesthetic.
The producers and we think that these men are helped
with their inner needs when they pay attention to their externals.
- Kyan Douglas

There is but one stage for the peasant and the actor.
- Henry David Thoreau

If you're a movie actor, you're on your own -
you cannot control the stage.
The director controls it.
- Michael Caine

One thing that's great about being a character actor
is that a movie doesn't rest on your shoulders.
If it bombs, it won't hurt my career.
- Joe Pantoliano

Sean's a better person when he's directing.
He becomes a queen when he's an actor.
And he's so unhappy when he's acting.
- Robin Wright Penn

As an actor I kind of do.
I started out doing voice overs in the mid 80s when I was in grad school.
- Thomas Haden Church

I'm happy being an actor, it's what I have always wanted to do.
I'm just lucky I got to do it so early.
- Charlie Hunnam

Most of the early part of an actor's career,
you do the jobs you get.
- Jack Nicholson

I'm a good actor in that sense for directors because
I always do what they say.
- Alex Cox

I'm a rapper trying to be an actor.
- Method Man

I can't say I was unhappy as a child actor in films.
I had a particularly wonderful time.
- Roddy McDowall

I work primarily for the camera-it's not something
I really talk about a lot,
but it's part of the way I am as a movie actor.
The camera is my girl, as it were.
- Terence Stamp

When you're an actor, actually, you shouldn't come up with too many ideas.
- Jean-Louis Trintignant

Homelessness is the actor's fate; physical incapacity
to attain what is most required and desired by such
a spirit as I am a slave to.
- Edwin Booth

I was appalled at the amount of study necessary in
order to qualify in medicine,
and gradually my desire was blunted by a keener -
and secret -
wish to become an actor.
- Conrad Veidt

An award doesn't necessarily make you a better actor.
- Javier Bardem

I'm the sort of actor who likes to talk about what we're going to do.
- Donald Pleasence

There's no way that I could be the president.
You can't have a pacifist in the White House...
I'm an actor.
This is what I do for a living.
- Martin Sheen

Directors and producers were afraid of a Dumont actor
while at the same time they admired him.
- Leon Askin

Today I divide my day between being actor,
producer and distributor, and the monotony is broken.
- Ajay Devgan

I had admired Richard Burton for years and years before
I had ever worked with him.
He was a great, great actor.
It was a joy to get to know him as a person.
- Gale Gordon

Every actor and actress is possessed of the absorbing
passion to create something distinctive and unique.
- Hattie McDaniel

I'm an actor, coming from New York theater.
- Skeet Ulrich

I don't really think of myself as an actor.
- Dylan Moran

I'm an actor and it happened to go my way that day.
- Aaron Eckhart

All my friends were going off to be professionals,
and I said I wanted to be an actor.
- Harrison Ford

Anyone who has that weird volition to become an actor
probably has a weird volition to do lots of other creative things -
to write,
to play music, to paint, to cook.
- Minnie Driver

Trying different things is very important to me.
I see people and want to wear their clothes and drive
in their cars for awhile.
That's probably one reason I became an actor.
- Fred Ward

I'm not a comedian.
I'm an actor who just happens to be funny on occasion.
- Anthony Anderson

I'm the most out-of-work actor I know.
In the last two years I've basically taken meetings for a living.
- Macaulay Culkin

An agent is a person who is sore because an actor gets 90% of what they make.
- Elton John

The actor should be able to create the universe in the palm of his hand.
- Laurence Olivier

Other actors like to rehearse on film-they like 30 or 40 takes.
When you get an actor like that, it becomes difficult
for me because I'm ready to quit after number two.
- Richard Widmark

I just went into this business for laughs.
I guess I don't mind being an actor so much now.
- Chevy Chase

It's difficult being a child actor.
I don't think everything beautiful has to be exploited.
Some things can be beautiful and left beautiful.
- Rick Schroder

I don't want to be an actor or nothing but if I have to,
I'll act if it's the right thing.
- Obie Trice

The role of Rimbaud is one of the most important roles
to play for a young actor.
- Leonardo DiCaprio

I was very intense.
I think it's a privilege to be an actor.
- Elia Kazan

I guess if I weren't an actor, I'd be a history professor.
- Tom Berenger

To me, the series was the end of the actor,
when the series ended.
- Jackie Cooper

I was friends with President Ronald Reagan and he once said to me,
'I don't know how anybody can serve in public office without being an actor.'
- Warren Beatty

Basically, the actor's job is to pay attention to the script.
- Joe Morton

An actor is a sculptor who carves in snow.
- Lawrence Barrett

I think it's sort of a rite of passage for a British
actor to try and get the American accent and have a
good crack at doing that.
- Orlando Bloom

You're looking at an actor whose price has just doubled.
- Art Carney

What I ended up doing was becoming an actor who didn't
mind doing other people's words.
- Gregory Harrison

For a long time, I really struggled with the idea of
being an actor because I really felt that I should be in the Peace Corps.
- Camryn Manheim

That's the only way to do it.
Just like an actor.
You can get a great performance if you do a bunch of takes and edit it.
You find the moments and string them together.
- Lindsey Buckingham

If you're an actor, even a successful one,
you're still waiting for the phone to ring.
- Kevin Bacon

Most parts that can be played by one actor can equally
well be played by another,
but not this.
- Kenneth More

Whatever you do, make sure you want to write more than you want to be a writer.
Make sure you want to act more than you want to be an actor.
That is what will sustain you.
- Bradley Whitford

I have been an actor now for 40 years having worked
in over 10 countries and three languages.
- Nick Mancuso


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