That winter death looked straight into our eyes and stared long, without faltering. It wanted to hypnotise us, like a boa constrictor hypnotises its intended victim, stripping him of his will and subjugating him. But those who sent us so much death miscalculated. They underestimated our voracious hunger for life.

Poet Olga Berggolts reflecting on winter of 1942 during the Siege of Leningrad. (via petersontoscano)
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