By Nawal Sayed
CAIRO, Feb. 13 (SEE) – Alexander Solzhenitsyn was a Russian novelist, historian, and short story writer. He was an outspoken critic of the Soviet Union and communism and helped to raise global awareness of its Gulag forced labor camp system.
Solzhenitsyn was awarded the 1970 Nobel Prize in Literature “for the ethical force with which he has pursued the indispensable traditions of Russian literature”.
On Feb. 13, 1974, Nobel Prize-winning Russian author Alexander Solzhenitsyn was expelled from the Soviet Union but returned to Russia in 1994 after the state’s dissolution
Solzhenitsyn was born on Dec. 11, 1918 and died in August, 2008. He was allowed to publish only one work in the Soviet Union, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (1962), in the periodical Novy Mir.
After this he had to publish in the West, most notably Cancer Ward (1968), August 1914 (1971), and The Gulag Archipelago (1973).
SEE sheds some light on his most well-known quotes as follows:
“The battle-line between good and evil runs through the heart of every man.”
“Own only what you can always carry with you: know languages, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag.”
“Talent is always conscious of its own abundance, and does not object to sharing.”
“Hastiness and superficiality are the psychic diseases of the 20th century, and more than anywhere else this disease is reflected in the press.”
“A man is happy so long as he chooses to be happy and nothing can stop him.”
“A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.”
“Violence can only be concealed by a lie, and the lie can only be maintained by violence.”
“How can you expect a man who’s warm to understand one who’s cold?”
“Everything you add to the truth subtracts from the truth.”
“Not everything has a name. Some things lead us into a realm beyond words. “