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Alexander Solzhenitsyn

1918-?. Russian novelist, dramatist and historian.

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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.

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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.

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When truth is discovered by someone else, it loses something of its attractiveness.

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In our country the lie has become not just a moral category but a pillar of the State.

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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.

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For a country to have a great writer is like having another government. That's why no régime has ever loved great writers, only minor ones.

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Everything you add to the truth subtracts from the truth.

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Talent is always conscious of its own abundance, and does not object to sharing.

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Violence can only be concealed by a lie, and the lie can only be maintained by violence. Any man who has once proclaimed violence as his method is inevitably forced to take the lie as his principle.

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Literature that is not the breath of contemporary society, that dares not transmit the pains and fears of that society, that does not warn in time against threatening moral and social dangers -- such literature does not deserve the name of literature; it is only a façade. Such literature loses the confidence of its own people, and its published works are used as wastepaper instead of being read.

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