lived

[Lenin] was not very fond of music. Not because it didn’t move him — but because it did. “It makes me want to say kind things, stupid things, and pat the heads of people,” he admitted. “But now you have to beat them on the head, beat them without mercy.”

In those times, people either shouted or spoke in whispers.

We do not know what they said. We only know that they lived.

–M.T. Anderson Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad

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