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Alexander Solzhenitsyn Quotes

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Literature becomes the living memory of a nation.
- Alexander Solzhenitsyn

How can you expect a man who's warm to understand one who's cold?
- Alexander Solzhenitsyn

The battleline between good and evil runs through the heart of every man.
- Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Own only what you can always carry with you:
know languages,
know countries, know people.
Let your memory be your travel bag.
- Alexander Solzhenitsyn

 

Hastiness and superficiality are the psychic diseases
of the twentieth century,
and more than anywhere else this disease is reflected in the press.
- Alexander Solzhenitsyn

For us in Russia, communism is a dead dog,
while, for many people in the West, it is still a living lion.
- Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Justice is conscience, not a personal conscience but
the conscience of the whole of humanity.
Those who clearly recognize the voice of their own
conscience usually recognize also the voice of justice.
- Alexander Solzhenitsyn

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Literature transmits incontrovertible condensed experience...
from generation to generation.
In this way literature becomes the living memory of a nation.
- Alexander Solzhenitsyn

It is the artist who realizes that there is a supreme
force above him and works gladly away as a small apprentice under God's heaven.
- Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Human beings yield in many situations,
even important and spiritual and central ones,
as long as it prolongs one's well-being.
- Alexander Solzhenitsyn

The sole substitute for an experience which we have
not ourselves lived through is art and literature.
- Alexander Solzhenitsyn

The clock of communism has stopped striking.
But its concrete building has not yet come crashing down.
For that reason, instead of freeing ourselves,
we must try to save ourselves from being crushed by its rubble.
- Alexander Solzhenitsyn

The Bible is literature, not dogma.
- George Santayana

Medicine is my lawful wife and literature my mistress;
when I get tired of one,
I spend the night with the other.
- Anton Chekhov

Movies are a complicated collision of literature,
theatre, music and all the visual arts.
- Yahoo Serious

Environmental concern is now firmly embedded in public life:
in education,
medicine and law; in journalism, literature and art.
- Barry Commoner

The only sensible ends of literature are,
first, the pleasurable toil of writing;
second,
the gratification of one's family and friends;
and lastly,
the solid cash.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

We know too much, and are convinced of too little.
Our literature is a substitute for religion,
and so is our religion.
- T. S. Eliot

Magic Realism is not new.
The label's new, the specific Latin American form of it is new,
its modern popularity is new, but it's been around
as long as literature has been around.
- Terri Windling

In fact I enjoyed every minute of my life at King's,
especially the discovery of French and German literature.
- Patrick White

For years, I had heard about the lack of interest in literature in the U.S.
and I had complained about it.
I failed to understand how people could fail to be moved by art.
- Rita Dove

The literature of women's lives is a tradition of escapees,
women who have lived to tell the tale.
- Phyllis Rose

The elegance and the quality - the talent is always in the literature.
I start with the word and I base everything on that.
It doesn't make any difference to me.
- Kate Mulgrew

I began as a boy with artistic talent...
as a visual artist...
I thought that was what I'd become and in my late teens
drifted into reading serious literature.
- Russell Banks

As society diversifies, the number of people who read
literature is decreasing.
It will be difficult for readers to digest my ideas through literature.
- Cao Yu

I am an Anglo-Catholic in religion, a classicist in
literature and a royalist in politics.
- T. S. Eliot

The literature of the inner life is very largely a
record of struggle with the inordinate passions of the social self.
- Charles Horton Cooley

The contemporary thing in art and literature is the
thing which doesn't make enough difference to the people
of that generation so that they can accept it or reject it.
- Gertrude Stein

It was a combination of an intense interest in children's literature,
which I've always had, and the feeling that I'd just
have a go and see if I could do it.
- Penelope Lively

Journalism students need to understand it and need
a solid background in the liberal arts,
in sociology, economics, literature and language,
because they won't get it later on.
- Harrison Salisbury

In America, the only truly popular art form is the movies.
Most people consider painting a hobby and literature,
schoolwork.
- Brad Holland

Don't ask to live in tranquil times.
Literature doesn't grow there.
- Rita Mae Brown

When the drama attains a characterization which makes
the play a revelation of human conduct and a dialogue
which characterizes yet pleases for itself,
we reach dramatic literature.
- George P. Baker

If we can't stamp out literature in the country,
we can at least stop its being brought in from outside.
- Evelyn Waugh

Take the time to discover how African-Americans have
had a great impact on this country.
In science, education, literature, art,
and politics.
- Lynn Swann

Black literature is taught as sociology,
as tolerance, not as a serious, rigorous art form.
- Toni Morrison

Even if you only want to write science fiction,
you should also read mysteries, poetry,
mainstream literature, history, biography,
philosophy, and science.
- Walter Jon Williams

The difficulty of literature is not to write,
but to write what you mean; not to affect your reader,
but to affect him precisely as you wish.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Without the faintest possibility of finding a job,
I decided to devote myself to literature:
it was about time to find out what I was worth as a writer.
- Jose Saramago

Literature does not exist in a vacuum.
Writers as such have a definite social function exactly
proportional to their ability as writers.
This is their main use.
- Ezra Pound

I remain loyal to Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert
in music and to Shakespeare and Jane Austen in literature.
- Anne Stevenson

A great memory does not make a mind,
any more than a dictionary is a piece of literature.
- John Henry Newman

On almost anything someone does in the computer business,
you can go back in the literature and prove someone had done it earlier.
- Ken Olsen

How do you make any sense of history,
art or literature without knowing the stories and iconography
of your own culture and all the world's main religions?
- Polly Toynbee

Literature flourishes best when it is half a trade and half an art.
- William Ralph Inge

Literature precedes genre.
- Rick Moody

I went to London because, for me, it was the home of literature.
I went there because of Dickens and Shakespeare.
- Ben Okri

Literature is the immortality of speech.
- August Wilhelm von Schlegel

Underground literature only began in the '70s,
when technical developments made it possible.
Before that, we were involved in a game with the censors.
That was our struggle.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

And I found both literature and the church very dramatic
presences in the world of the 1950s.
- Thomas Keneally

If I were a writer, how I would enjoy being told the novel is dead.
How liberating to work in the margins,
outside a central perception.
You are the ghoul of literature.
Lovely.
- Don DeLillo

To achieve lasting literature, fictional or factual,
a writer needs perceptive vision, absorptive capacity,
and creative strength.
- Lawrence Clark Powell

Literature is the orchestration of platitudes.
- Thornton Wilder

I've often been accused of making anthropology into literature,
but anthropology is also field research.
Writing is central to it.
- Clifford Geertz

In pure literature, the writers of the eighteenth century achieved,
indeed, many triumphs; but their great,
their peculiar, triumphs were in the domain of thought.
- Lytton Strachey

The test of literature is, I suppose,
whether we ourselves live more intensely for the reading of it.
- Elizabeth Drew

Only the more rugged mortals should attempt to keep
up with current literature.
- George Ade

Oh literature, oh the glorious Art, how it preys upon the marrow in our bones.
It scoops the stuffing out of us, and chucks us aside.
Alas!
- David Herbert Lawrence

Poetry, it is often said and loudly so,
is life's true mirror.
But a monkey looking into a work of literature looks in vain for Socrates.
- Franz Grillparzer

Journalism is literature in a hurry.
- Matthew Arnold

Every man's memory is his private literature.
- Aldous Huxley

I have never believed that the critic is the rival of the poet,
but I do believe that criticism is a genre of literature or it does not exist.
- Harold Bloom

I've been as bad an influence on American literature
as anyone I can think of.
- Dashiell Hammett

It is one of the paradoxes of American literature that
our writers are forever looking back with love and
nostalgia at lives they couldn't wait to leave.
- Anatole Broyard

But picketing - picketing for or against something,
and handing out literature - these are conspicuously formal actions.
They have to be understood as indirect communication.
- Tony Conrad

In the order of literature, as in others,
there is no act that is not the coronation of an infinite
series of causes and the source of an infinite series of effects.
- Jorge Luis Borges

I just happen to like the work.
I like preparing for a role.
I like reading.
I like analyzing.
I like literature.
I like emotions.
I like working with other actors.
- Elle Macpherson

Comics? Honestly, that's more a matter of nostalgia for me.
I think most of that energy has gone to my love of
literature and my love of film.
- Jonathan Lethem

In science, read, by preference, the newest works;
in literature,
the oldest.
The classic literature is always modern.
- Robert Bulwer-Lytton

If I could have gone on describing to you the beauties of this region,
who knows but I might have made a fine addition to
the literature of our age?
- Robert Gould Shaw

This is the most intimate relationship between literature and its readers:
they treat the text as a part of themselves,
as a possession.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski


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