Alexander Solzhenitsyn RIP

Soviet Russia’s most famous dissident writer, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, has passed on. He died of a stroke earlier today. I will always remember him for his courage and the example he set for all. Below is my favorite quote from him, it rings as true today as it was the moment he said it in interview:

The line between good and evil runs through every human heart.

The full paragraph this is condensed from comes from The Gulag Archipelago:

Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either, but right through every human heart, and through all human hearts. This line shifts. Inside us, it oscillates with the years. Even within hearts overwhlemed by evil, one small bridgehead of good is retained; and even in the best of all hearts, there remains a small corner of evil.

Here’s a short biography at Wikipedia.