When you were a child, you used to run to me for protection. Now, in moments of weakness, I want to hide my head on your knees; I want you to be strong and wise; I want you to protect and defend me. I'm not always strong in spirit, Vitya - I can be weak too. I often think about suicide, but something holds me back - some weakness, or strength, or irrational hope.
vasily grossman quoteschild quotesrun quotesprotection quotesmoments quotesweakness quotesi quoteshide quoteshead quotesknees quotesstrong quoteswise quotesprotect quotesdefend quotesspirit quotesvitya quotesweak quotessuicide quotesholds quotesback quotesstrength quotesirrational quoteshope quotesin moments quotesi want quoteshide my quotesmy head quoteshead on quotesyour knees quotesi want quotesbe strong quotesand wise quotesi want quotesand defend quotesdefend me quotesalways strong quotesstrong in quotesin spirit quotesvitya quotesi quotesi can quotesbe weak quotesweak too quotesi often quotesabout suicide quotessomething holds quotesholds me quotesme back quotesback quotessome weakness quotesor strength quotesor irrational quotesirrational hope quoteswere a child quotesused to run quotesrun to me quotesme for protection quotesmoments of weakness quoteswant to hide quoteshide my head quotesmy head on quoteson your knees quotesi want you quotesstrong and wise quotesi want you quotesyou to protect quotesprotect and defend quotesand defend me quotesnot always strong quotesalways strong in quotesstrong in spirit quotesi can quotesi can be quotescan be weak quotesbe weak too quotesi often think quotesthink about suicide quotesbut something holds quotessomething holds me quotesholds me back quotesme back quotessome weakness quotesor irrational hope quotes