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.

I can say without affectation that I belong to the Russian convict world no less than I do to Russian literature. I got my education there, and it will last forever.

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

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.

It is time in the West to defend not so much human rights as human obligations.

Violence can only be concealed by a lie, and the lie can only be maintained by violence.

Of course God is endlessly multi-dimensional so every religion that exists on earth represents some face, some side of God.

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.

Own only what you can carry with you know language know countries know people. Let your memory be your travel bag.

It would have been difficult to design a path out of communism worse than the one that has been followed.

The salvation of mankind lies only in making everything the concern of all.

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

First would be the literary side, then the spiritual and philosophical. The political side is required principally because of the necessity of the current Russian position.

There are a lot of clear thinkers everywhere.

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

Any man who has once proclaimed violence as his method is inevitably forced to take the lie as his principle.

Our government declared that it is conducting some kind of great reforms. In reality, no real reforms were begun and no one at any point has declared a coherent programme.

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

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.

Even if we are spared destruction by war, our lives will have to change if we want to save life from self-destruction.

We have arrived at an intellectual chaos.

Everything you add to the truth subtracts from the truth.

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

Man has set for himself the goal of conquering the world but in the processes loses his soul.

Not everything has a name. Some things lead us into a realm beyond words.

Religion always remains higher than everyday life. In order to make the elevation towards religion e

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.

A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.

Today when we say the West we are already referring to the West and to Russia. We could use the word 'modernity' if we exclude Africa, and the Islamic world, and partially China.

Anyone who has proclaimed violence his method inexorably must choose lying as his principle.

Woe to that nation whose literature is cut short by the intrusion of force. This is not merely interference with freedom of the press but the sealing up of a nation's heart, the excision of its memory.

I've done what I could, let those who can do better.

You can have power over people as long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything, he's no longer in you power.

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

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

Let your memory be your travel bag.

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.

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

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

Our envy of others devours us most of all.

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

A man is happy so long as he chooses to be happy and nothing can stop him.

The next war... may well bury Western civilization forever.

The name of "reform" simply covers what is latently a process of the theft of the national heritage.

If one is forever cautious, can one remain a human being?

Literature becomes the living memory of a nation.

Blow the dust off the clock. Your watches are behind the times. Throw open the heavy curtains which are so dear to you - you do not even suspect that the day has already dawned outside.

One should never direct people towards happiness, because happiness too is an idol of the market-place. One should direct them towards mutual affection. A beast gnawing at its prey can be happy too, but only human beings can feel affection for each other, and this is the highest achievement they can aspire to.

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.