Favorite Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Quotes

Writer, Dissident, the Bane to Communism

  1. The belly is an ungrateful wretch, it never remembers past favors, it always wants more tomorrow.
  2. It’s an universal law– intolerance is the first sign of an inadequate education.
  3. Own only what you can always carry with you: know languages, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag.
  4. The simple step of a courageous individual is not to take part in the lie.
  5. When you’re cold, don’t expect sympathy from someone who’s warm.
  6. Human beings are born with different capacities. If they are free, they are not equal. And if they are equal, they are not free.
  7. The sole substitute for an experience we have not ourselves lived through is art and literature.
  8. Unlimited power in the hands of limited people always leads to cruelty.
  9. Someone that you have deprived of everything is no longer in your power. He is once again entirely free.
  10. Our envy of others devours us most of all.
  11. A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.
  12. A great writer is, so to speak, a second government in his country. And for that reason no regime has ever loved great writers, only minor ones.
  13. Beat a dog once and you only have to show him the whip.
  14. A genius doesn’t adjust his treatment of a theme to a tyrant’s taste
  15. Every man always has handy a dozen glib little reasons why he is right not to sacrifice himself.

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