On tyranny

“If in order to live it is necessary not to live, then what’s it all for?” (Solzhenitsyn, from The Gulag Archipelago)

(Context: Solzhenitsyn had just been sentenced to imprisonment in a labor camp, facing the prospect that the only way he had any hope of regaining and keeping his freedom was to live his life subservient to Stalin’s regime, keeping his mouth shut and never ruffling any feathers.)