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Quotes of the Day for 19 September 2003 – Anna Lindh

Note: Sweden observes today as the official day of mourning for Anna Lindh. Today's issue was written by a Swedish subscriber in her honor.

On the 10th of September, Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh went shopping with a friend. In a Stockholm department store, she was attacked and brutally stabbed by an unknown assailant. On the 11th of September, she died from her injuries. The everyday life of us Swedes hasn't been the same since.

Anna Lindh was a politician who felt like she could have been our neighbor, but at the same time she was considered to be one of the most influential women in Europe and was expected to be the next Prime Minister of Sweden. Known for defending what she believed in without hesitation and without fear — she cared little for the opinion of others.

She was truly one of a kind, and we lost her. But it is not only a loss for Sweden, but for the entire world. That is why I'd like to share some of the things that have been said about this remarkable woman, and also some words of her own.


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The quotes:

[Anna Lindh's] family has lost a mother and a wife. Social Democracy has lost one of its most gifted politicians. The government has lost a skilled politician and a good colleague. Sweden has lost its face towards the world.
     - Goran Persson, Swedish Prime Minister

[Anna Lindh] was someone who was full of life.... She represented everything that was wonderful about Sweden and about Europe.
     - Jack Straw, British Foreign Secretary

My three favorite things about Sweden are Abba, Volvo cars, and Anna Lindh.
     - Colin Powell, US Secretary of State

Anna Lindh was important, vibrant, modern and progressive - what a loss for the world.
     - Kofi Annan, UN Secretary General

She's amazing - wherever did you find her?
     - An American reporter, to Swedish correspondent during Lindh's 2002 US visit

Our gratitude to you will not be chained to the past, but be directed towards the future. A person can be murdered, but ideas cannot. Your ideas live on through us. We shall carry on your struggle, for peace, for international solidarity, and for a Sweden free of racism. Our gratitude to you is to remember this legacy.
     - Anna Lindh, 1957 - 2003, at the 1986 funeral of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme

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