“Truth eludes us as soon as our concentration begins to flag, all the while leaving the illusion that we are continuing to pursue it. This is the source of much discord. Also, truth seldom is sweet; it is almost invariably bitter.”
“We have placed too much hope in politics and social reforms, only to find out that we were being deprived of our most precious possession: our spiritual life. It is trampled by the party mob in the East, by the commercial one in the West.”
Quotes from Solzhenitsyn’s “A World Split Apart,” Harvard commencement address, June 8th 1978.
More adequate remembrances of Solzhenitsyn have already been posted throughout the blogosphere but I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the passing of one of the more powerful and profound voices of the 20th century. He championed the cause of those oppressed by totalitarianism as one who faced the evil firsthand. He strove to be a truth-teller whether his subject be the East or West. In a world dominated by philosophical materialism he called us to rediscover the spiritual. May there be more like him with the courage to stand for truth at the point where it is being attacked in our day.
A World Split Apart by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn, R.I.P. by the Editors of The Corner, NRO
Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008), The Acton Institute PowerBlog
Nobel Lecture in Literature 1970 by Alexander Solzhenitsyn