He looked like what he could have been, an Old Testament prophet.

Those who today claim courage might first compare their lives with his, and then be silent.

Reagan. John Paul II. Fallaci. Solzhenitsyn. All gone. Who is there to replace them?

Truly, there were giants in the earth in those days.

Update: From The Gulag Archipelago.

It was only when I lay there on rotting prison straw that I sensed within myself the first stirrings of good. 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 overwhelmed by evil, one small bridgehead of good is retained; and even in the best of all hearts, there remains a small corner of evil.

From his Harvard Commencement Address.

A decline in courage may be the most striking feature which an outside observer notices in the West in our days. The Western world has lost its civil courage, both as a whole and separately, in each country, each government, each political party and of course in the United Nations. Such a decline in courage is particularly noticeable among the ruling groups and the intellectual elite, causing an impression of loss of courage by the entire society.

Hat tips: American Digest and Brothers Judd.