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Anna Akhmatova Quote: “You will hear thunder and remember me, And think: she wanted storms. The rim Of the sky will be the colour of hard crimson, And your heart, as it was then, will be on fire.”
Anna Akhmatova Quote: “Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life.”
Anna Akhmatova Quote: “If you were music I would listen to you ceaselessly And my low spirits would brighten up.”
Anna Akhmatova Quote: “It is unbearably painful for the soul to love silently.”
Anna Akhmatova Quote: “Rising from the past, my shadow Is running in silence to meet me.”
Anna Akhmatova Quote: “I myself, from the very beginning, Seemed to myself like someone’s dream or delirium Or a reflection in someone else’s mirror, Without flesh, without meaning, without a name. Already I knew the list of crimes That I was destined to commit.”
Anna Akhmatova Quote: “The secret of secrets is inside me again.”
Anna Akhmatova Quote: “Call me a sinner, Mock me maliciously: I was your insomnia, I was your grief.”
Anna Akhmatova Quote: “My shadow serves as the friend I crave.”
Anna Akhmatova Quote: “I am in the middle of it: chaos and poetry; poetry and love and again, complete chaos. Pain, disorder, occasional clarity; and at the bottom of it all: only love; poetry. Sheer enchantment, fear, humiliation. It all comes with love.”
Anna Akhmatova Quote: “Wild honey smells of freedom The dust – of sunlight The mouth of a young girl, like a violet But gold – smells of nothing.”
Anna Akhmatova Quote: “Forgive me, that I manage badly, Manage badly but live gloriously, That I leave traces of myself in my songs, That I appeared to you in waking dreams.”
Anna Akhmatova Quote: “And it seemed to me that there were fires Flying till dawn without number And I never found out things-those Strange eyes of his-what colour? Everything trembling and singing and Were you my enemy or my friend, Winter was it or summer?”
Anna Akhmatova Quote: “Not, not mine: it’s somebody else’s wound; I could never have borne it. So take the thing that happened, hide it, stick it in the ground; whisk the lamps away.”
Anna Akhmatova Quote: “This cruel age has deflected me, like a river from this course. Strayed from its familiar shores, my changeling life has flowed into a sister channel. How many spectacles I’ve missed: the curtain rising without me, and falling too. How many friends I never had the chance to meet.”
Anna Akhmatova Quote: “Poems are my link with the times, with the new life of my people.”
Anna Akhmatova Quote: “As the future ripens in the past, so the past rots in the future – a terrible festival of dead leaves.”
Anna Akhmatova Quote: “I seem to myself, as in a dream, Am accidental guest in this dreadful body.”
Anna Akhmatova Quote: “We thought: we’re poor, we have nothing, but when we started losing one after the other so each day became remembrance day, we started composing poems about God’s great generosity and our former riches.”
Anna Akhmatova Quote: “All that I am hangs by a thread tonight.”
Anna Akhmatova Quote: “I am not one of those who left the land to the mercy of its enemies. Their flattery leaves me cold, my songs are not for them to praise.”
Anna Akhmatova Quote: “I go forth to seek To seek and claim the lovely magic garden Where grasses softly sigh and Muses speak.”
Anna Akhmatova Quote: “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 Quote: “We learned not to meet anymore, We don’t raise our eyes to one another, But we ourselves won’t guarantee What could happen to us in an hour.”
Anna Akhmatova Quote: “Real tenderness can’t be confused, It’s quiet and can’t be heard.”
Anna Akhmatova Quote: “The triumphs of a mysterious non-meeting are desolate ones; unspoken phrases, silent words.”
Anna Akhmatova Quote: “We aged a hundred years, and this happened in a single hour: the short summer had already died, the body of the ploughed plains smoked.”
Anna Akhmatova Quote: “Mary Magdalene beat her breast and sobbed, The beloved disciple turned to stone, But where the silent Mother stood, there No one glanced and no one would have dared.”
Anna Akhmatova Quote: “All has been looted, betrayed, sold; black death’s wing flashed ahead.”
Anna Akhmatova Quote: “There is a sacred, secret line in loving which attraction and even passion cannot cross.”
Anna Akhmatova Quote: “The stars of death stood over us. And Russia, guiltless, beloved, writhed under the crunch of bloodstained boots, under the wheels of Black Marias.”
Anna Akhmatova Quote: “Your voice is wild and simple. You are untranslatable Into any one tongue.”
Anna Akhmatova Quote: “We are all carousers and loose women here; How unhappy we are together!”
Anna Akhmatova Quote: “Now no one will listen to songs. The prophesied days have begun. Latest poem of mine, the world has lost its wonder, Don’t break my heart, don’t ring out.”
Anna Akhmatova Quote: “And you know, I agree to everything: I will condemn, I will forget, I will give comfort to the enemy, Darkness will be light and sin lovely.”
Anna Akhmatova Quote: “Hands, matches, an ashtray. A ritual beautiful and bitter.”
Anna Akhmatova Quote: “Courage: Great Russian word, fit for the songs of our children’s children, pure on their tongues, and free.”
Anna Akhmatova Quote: “Give me bitter years of sickness, Suffocation, insomnia, fever, Take my child and my lover, And my mysterious gift of song This I pray at your liturgy After so many tormented days, So that the stormcloud over darkened Russia Might become a cloud of glorious rays.”
Anna Akhmatova Quote: “No, not under the vault of another sky, not under the shelter of other wings. I was with my people then, there where my people were doomed to be.”
Anna Akhmatova Quote: “This Cruel Age has deflected me...”
Anna Akhmatova Quote: “I have long had this premonition of a bright day and a deserted house.”
Anna Akhmatova Quote: “I drink to our ruined house, to the dolor of my life, to our loneliness together; and to you I raise my glass, to lying lips that have betrayed us, to dead-cold pitiless eyes, and to the hard realities; that the world is brutal and coarse, that God, in fact, has not saved us.”
Anna Akhmatova Quote: “The word dropped like a stone on my still living breast. Confess: I was prepared, am somehow ready for the test.”
Anna Akhmatova Quote: “You do not know just what you’ve been forgiven.”
Anna Akhmatova Quote: “You will hear thunder and remember me, and think: she wanted storms...”
Anna Akhmatova Quote: “Song falls silent, music is dumb, But the air burns with their fragrance, And white winter, on its knees, Observes everything with reverent attention.”
Anna Akhmatova Quote: “Dostoyevsky knew a lot but not everything. He, for instance, thought that if you kill a human you’ll turn into Raskolnikov. But we know now that one can kill five – ten, one hundred people – and go to the theatre in the evening.”
Anna Akhmatova Quote: “It was a time when only the dead smiled, happy in their peace.”
Anna Akhmatova Quote: “That was when the ones who smiled Were the dead, glad to be at rest.”
Anna Akhmatova Quote: “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.”
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