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

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

Alexander Solzhenitsyn
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.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn
To do evil a human being must first of all believe that what he's doing is good... Ideology that is what gives devildoing its long-sought justification and gives the evildoer the necessary steadfastness and determination. That is the social theory which helps to make his acts seem good instead of bad in his own and others' eyes, so that he won't hear reproaches and curses but will receive praise and honors.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn
If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?

Alexander Solzhenitsyn
But if we stop loving animals, aren't we bound to stop loving humans too?

Alexander Solzhenitsyn
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.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn
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 your power.

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