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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Quotes On Life, Government, and Religion

These Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Quotes give you a peek into his life and experiences.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn is a Russian-born man known as the most famous Soviet dissident.

His family continued involvement with the Russian Orthodox Church as a child, defying the Soviet anti-religious campaign during the 1920s.

Solzhenitsyn eventually became an atheist until he was arrested during World War II for making derogatory remarks in a personal letter about Joseph Stalin while serving in the Red Army.

During that time, he became an Eastern Orthodox Christian.

Solzhenitsyn exiled himself from Russia and ended up in West Germany. Eventually, after staying in Switzerland, he was invited to the United States by Harvard University.

They gave him an honorary degree in 1978. While he was harassed by the KBG until they believed he was no longer a threat, his work wasn’t finished.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Quotes Supporting Freedom

His personal experiences gave him first hand experience with living in a country with limited freedom. These quotes help us see through his perspective.

1. “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.” – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

2. “Human beings are born with different capacities. If they are free, they are not equal. And if they equal, they are not free.” – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

3. “What good is freedom to you? If you’re free, your faith will soon be choked by thorns! Be glad you’re in prison. Here you have time to think about your soul.” – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

4. “Only those who decline to scramble up the career ladder are

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