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The battleline between good and evil runs through the heart of every man.

Tak­en from Solzhen­it­syn’s 1973 book The Gulag Arch­i­pel­ago 1918–1956, the more con­tex­tu­al­ized excerpt is:

If only there were evil peo­ple some­where insid­i­ous­ly com­mit­ting evil deeds, and it were nec­es­sary only to sep­a­rate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line divid­ing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is will­ing to destroy a piece of his own heart?

This reminds me of watch­ing the tele­vi­sion with my son. Every time there’s con­flict among the char­ac­ters, he always asks is he a good guy or a bad guy?” It’s rarely as cut and dry as that as we all know. My blan­ket state­ment has always been—“sometimes good guys do bad things and some­times bad guys do good things.” 

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1900s · 2000s · Author · good and evil · Russian

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