Quote of the day

“The line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either – but right through every human heart.”

Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Solzhenitsyn knew the human heart well. This insight explains why the bad guy who sees himself as the good guy makes a more believable antagonist. The mustache-twirling villain seeking world domination because that’s what villains do makes boring reading. When both the protagonist and antagonist have to deal with internal and external conflict, the reader feels like a miner panning for gold. We want to discover characters with depth, characters who are capable of surprise and even winning our sympathy.

23 thoughts on “Quote of the day”

  1. So relevant. So beautifully written. Who can truly know the heart is a concept I have strongly considered in recent days. Wrote a bit about it yesterday. Happy to find and follow this excellent site.

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    1. Shirley,

      Solzhenitsyn was indeed a master stylist. His observations on the beauty and power of the Russian language make enjoyable reading — something to savor.


      1. First, thank you for “the follow.” I believe by little consideration of a word’s nuance and subtlety we may fail to know both the beauty and the power of said word. In deeply considering the incident mentioned in my blog post, I concluded I may have introduced a smear of sarcasm. I continue to learn.

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