Quotations from the Nobel Prize winning author. “Hurls truth and courage into the teeth of total power.” Dissident. Expelled from the Soviet Union.

Joined October 2018
“[The Soviet Union,] in time of peace, artificially created a famine, causing 6 million persons to die in the Ukraine in 1932 and 1933. They died on the very edge of Europe. And Europe didn't even notice it. The world didn't even notice it...” #Solzhenitsyn
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“In early democracies, as in the American democracy at the time of its birth, all individual human rights were granted because man is God's creature. That is, freedom was given to the individual conditionally, in the assumption of his constant religious responsibility.”
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“In World War II...instead of winning that war with its own forces...Western democracy grew and cultivated another enemy who would prove worse, as Hitler never had so many resources and so many people, ...or have a large number of supporters in the West as the Soviet Union.”
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“Only moral criteria can help the West against communism's well planned world strategy. There are no other criteria.” #Solzhenitsyn
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“A deaf and dumb carpenter got a [prison] term for counter revolutionary agitation! How? He was laying a floor in a club... While he was working, he hung his jacket and service cap on a bust of Stalin. Someone came in and saw it. Article 58, ten years.” #Solzhenitsyn
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“A tractor driver...lined his thin shoes for warmth with a pamphlet about the candidate for election to the Supreme Soviet, but a charwoman noticed it was missing (she was responsible for the leaflets) and found out who had it. KRA - Counter-Revolutionary Agitation - 10 years.”
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“A saleswoman accepting merchandise from a forwarder noted it down on a sheet of newspaper. There was no other paper. The number of pieces of soap happened to fall on the forehead of Comrade Stalin. Article 58, ten years [in prison].” #Solzhenitsyn
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“A tailor laying aside a needle stuck it into a newspaper on the wall so it wouldn’t get lost and happened to stick it in the eye of [Soviet Politician] Kaganovich. A customer observed this; Article 58, ten years [in prison] (terrorism).” #Solzhenitsyn
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“The forces of Evil have begun their offensive; you can feel their pressure, and yet your screens and publications are full of prescribed smiles and raised glasses. What is the joy about?” #Solzhenitsyn
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“The fight for our planet, physical and spiritual, a fight of cosmic proportions, is not a vague matter of the future; it has already started.” #Solzhenitsyn
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“Socialism of any type and shade leads to a total destruction of the human spirit and to a leveling of mankind into death.” #Solzhenitsyn
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“How many hasty, immature, superficial, and misleading judgments are expressed every day [in the press], confusing readers, without any verification.” #Solzhenitsyn
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“Because instant and credible information has to be given [by the press], it becomes necessary to resort to guesswork, rumors, and suppositions to fill in the voids, and none of them will ever be rectified; they will stay on in the readers' memories.” #Solzhenitsyn
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“I hope that no one present will suspect me of offering my personal criticism of the Western system to present socialism as an alternative. Having experienced applied socialism in a country where the alternative has been realized, I certainly will not speak for it.” #Solzhenitsyn
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“Many people living in the West are dissatisfied with their own society. They despise it or accuse it of not being up to the level of maturity attained by mankind. A number of such critics turn to socialism, which is a false and dangerous current.” #Solzhenitsyn
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“Without any censorship in the West, fashionable trends of thought and ideas are fastidiously separated from those that are not fashionable... Your scholars are free in the legal sense, but they are hemmed in by the idols of the prevailing fad.” #Solzhenitsyn
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“Why is it that the cruelty [certain Soviet people] manifest is proportionate to the defenselessness of the person in their power?” #Solzhenitsyn
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“Hastiness and superficiality are the psychic disease of the 20th century and more than anywhere else this disease is reflected in the press.” #Solzhenitsyn
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“Should one point out that from ancient times declining courage has been considered the beginning of the end?” #Solzhenitsyn
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“Legal frames...are broad enough to encourage not only individual freedom but also certain crimes... Such a tilt of freedom in the direction of evil...was evidently born out of a humanistic and benevolent concept according to which there is no evil inherent to human nature.”
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“It is time, in the West, to defend not so much human rights as human obligations. Destructive and irresponsible freedom has been granted boundless space. Society appears to have little defense against the abyss of human decadence...” #Solzhenitsyn
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