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.
More Quotes from Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn:You 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.
We have arrived at an intellectual chaos.
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.
I have not painted the dark reality in rose-tinted shades but I do include a clear way, a search for something brighter, some way out - most importantly in the spiritual sense.
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.
The central government possesses no plan of finding the way out of this blind alley.
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Honore de Balzac
Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children, and no theories.
The whole point of a sacrifice is that you give up something you never really wanted in the first place. People are doing it around you all the time. They give up their careers, say - or their beliefs - or sex.