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What about the main thing in life, all its riddles? If you want, I’ll spell it out for you right now. Do not pursue what is illusionary -property and position: all that is gained at the expense of your nerves decade after decade, and is confiscated in one fell night. Live with a steady superiority over life -don’t be afraid of misfortune, and do not yearn for happiness; it is, after all, all the same: the bitter doesn’t last forever, and the sweet never fills the cup to overflowing. It is enough if you don’t freeze in the cold and if thirst and hunger don’t claw at your insides. If your back isn’t broken, if your feet can walk, if both arms can bend, if both eyes can see, if both ears hear, then whom should you envy? And why? Our envy of others devours us most of all. Rub your eyes and purify your heart -and prize above all else in the world those who love you and who wish you well. Do not hurt them or scold them, and never part from any of them in anger; after all, you simply do not know: it may be your last act before your arrest, and that will be how you are imprinted on their memory.

—Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956  (via quotes-shape-us)

(via johanvandemerwe)

reparations:


Details. 

Lt. John Ernser, 26 - Sweetheart gripped 1911A1 - Loiano, Italy 1945.
Photo taken by: Margaret Bourke-White

reparations:

Details.

Lt. John Ernser, 26 - Sweetheart gripped 1911A1 - Loiano, Italy 1945.

Photo taken by: Margaret Bourke-White

suomisodassa:

Last shots are being fired from a Finnish stronghold, with a newly captured Russian anti-tank rifle. 

Last days of the Continuation War, Uuksujärvi, 1944.09.03

(Source: sa-kuva.fi)

5sswiking:

Ski troops from the SS-SkijegerBataljon Norge moves through a grove of trees during a patrol in Karelia, Finland.

the-seed-of-europe:

Young German soldier in a sunflower field in the Ukraine.
Caption: “A quick memento taken before the vast Ukrainian sunflower fields were left behind— an idyllic break from the horrors of war.”

the-seed-of-europe:

Young German soldier in a sunflower field in the Ukraine.

Caption: “A quick memento taken before the vast Ukrainian sunflower fields were left behind— an idyllic break from the horrors of war.”