Anna Akhmatova

1888 - 1966

A Quote by Anna Akhmatova on day

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In the terrible years of the Yezhov terror I spent seventeen months waiting in line outside the prison in Leningrad. One day somebody in the crowd identified me . . . and asked me in a whisper . . . "Can you describe this?" And I said: "I can."

Anna Akhmatova (1888 - 1966)

Source: Requiem, composed mainly 1935–1940, Instead of a Preface, composed 1957.

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A Quote by Anna Akhmatova on children, courage, purity, and songs

Courage: Great Russian word, fit for the songs of our children's children, pure on their tongues, and free.

Anna Akhmatova (1888 - 1966)

Source: Courage, composed 1942.

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A Quote by Anna Akhmatova on concern, death, heart, suffering, and women

Who will grieve for this woman? Does she not seem too insignificant for our concern? Yet in my heart I never will deny her, Who suffered death because she chose to turn.

Anna Akhmatova (1888 - 1966)

Source: Lot’s Wife, composed 1922—1924

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A Quote by Anna Akhmatova

And from my motionless bronze-lidded sockets may the melting snow, like teardrops, slowly trickle and a prison dove coo somewhere, over and over, as the ships sail softly down the flowing Neva.

Anna Akhmatova (1888 - 1966)

Source: Requiem, composed mainly 1935–1940, Epilogue [composed 1940], II

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A Quote by Anna Akhmatova on death and time

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That was a time when only the dead could smile.

Anna Akhmatova (1888 - 1966)

Source: Requiem, composed mainly 1935–1940, Prologue, composed 1935–1940.

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A Quote by Anna Akhmatova on endurance and memory

I should be proud to have my memory graced, but only if the monument be placed . . . here, where I endured three hundred hours in line before the implacable iron bars.

Anna Akhmatova (1888 - 1966)

Source: Requiem, composed mainly 1935–1940, Epilogue [composed 1940], II

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A Quote by Anna Akhmatova on time

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No foreign sky protected me, no stranger's wing shielded my face. I stand as witness to the common lot survivor of that time, that place.

Anna Akhmatova (1888 - 1966)

Source: Requiem, composed mainly 1935–1940, Epigraph, composed 1961.

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