Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Russia
11 Dec 1918 // 3 Aug 2008
Writer

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A Clear Path (1)

Relations between a man and a woman are always strange: nothing can be foreseen, they have no predictable direction, no law. Sometimes you come to a dead end, where there is nothing to do but sit dow...

Power is a Poison (2)

Power is a poison well known for thousands of years. If only no one were ever to acquire material power over others! But to the human being who has faith in some force that holds dominion over all of...

A Society With Unlimited Rights (3)

Human rights' are a fine thing, but how can we make ourselves sure that our rights do not expand at the expense of the rights of others. A society with unlimited rights is incapable of standing to ad...

Beauty Will Save the World (4)

One day Dostoevsky threw out the enigmatic remark: «Beauty will save the world». What sort of a statement is that? For a long time I considered it mere words. How could that be possible? When in bloo...

The Main Thing in Life (5)

What about the main thing in life, all its riddles? If you want, I'll spell it out for you right now. Do not pursue what is illusionary - property and position: all that is gained at the expense of y...

The Line Separating Good and Evil (6)

Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either -- but right through every human heart -- ...


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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
Essays
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."
Essays