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Literature becomes the living memory of a nation.
The next war... may well bury Western civilization forever.
For a country to have a great writer is like having a second government. That is why no regime has ever loved great writers, only minor ones.
Literature transmits incontrovertible condensed experience... from generation to generation. In this way literature becomes the living memory of a nation.
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.
The salvation of mankind lies only in making everything the concern of all.
The sole substitute for an experience which we have not ourselves lived through is art and literature.
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.
It would have been difficult to design a path out of communism worse than the one that has been followed.
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.
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.
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.
When truth is discovered by someone else, it loses something of its attractiveness.
We have arrived at an intellectual chaos.
Of course God is endlessly multi-dimensional so every religion that exists on earth represents some face, some side of God.
Human beings yield in many situations, even important and spiritual and central ones, as long as it prolongs one's well-being.
There are a lot of clear thinkers everywhere.
Religion always remains higher than everyday life. In order to make the elevation towards religion easier for people, religion must be able to alter its forms in relation to the consciousness of modern man.
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.
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