Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008)

"If the world has not come to its end, it has approached a major turn in history, equal in importance to the turn from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. It will exact from us a spiritual upsurge: We shall have to rise to a new height of vision, to a new level of life, where our physical nature will not be cursed as in the Middle Ages, but, even more important, our spiritual being will not be trampled upon as in the modern era."

"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."

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

When truth is discovered by someone else, it loses something of its attractiveness."