Quotes people, quotes of deep genius. Everyone should read this book, I swear.
But it is wise to remember that our enemy lies not only outside us but within. As Solzhenitsyn discovered in the prison camp, we should not simply project evil upon others, but we need to search our own hearts:
Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes not through the states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either - but right through the human heart - and through all human hearts. This line shifts. Inside us, it oscillates with the years. And even within hearts overwhelmed by evil, one small bridgehead of good is retained. And even in the best of hearts, there remains...an unuprooted small corner of evil. - Alexander Solzhenitsyn - The Gulag Archipelago, vol. 2 (p. 597)
- The Orthodox Church, p. 171