“America owes much to Russia; is indebted to her in many ways; and chiefly for her unwavering friendship in the season of her greatest need. That the same friendship may be hers in time to come, we confidently pray; that she
(Excerpt from a letter by Mark Twain to Emperor Alexander II)
"I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest."
(Made in a radio broadcast in October 1939)
Charles de GaulleZUMA Press/Global Look Press
“The Russian people will never be happy knowing that somewhere injustice exists”
George Bernard ShawScherl/Global Look Press
"I am leaving the land of hope, and returning to the lands of despair <...> It is torture to get back to Capitalism. When you have seen Bolshevism on the spot, there can be no doubt that Capitalism is doomed."
(Said at a farewell dinner in Moscow)
Otto von BismarckScherl/Global Look Press
“Even the most favorable end of a war would never end with the destruction of the main center of power in Russia, which is based on millions of Russians of the Greek [Orthodox] confession. Even if separated by treaty, they would reunite as quickly as splattered drops of mercury.”
Theodore RooseveltRoyal Photographic Society Colle/Global Look Press
“I foresee a great future for Russia. However, it will have to endure notable trials and maybe even face severe tribulations, but that will pass and then Russia will rise up and become Europe’s stronghold, maybe the most powerful empire in the world.”
Bernard MontgomeryImago stock&people/Global Look Press
“Rule 1 on page 1 of the book of war, is: ‘Do not march on Moscow.’ Various people have tried it, Napoleon and Hitler, and it is no good.”
(Said during a speech to the House of Lords, May 30, 1962)
Friedrich NietzscheScherl/Global Look Press
"If a will [to preserve traditions, authority, responsibility for all past centuries, and solidarity of past and future generations] is seen on the surface, then something similar to the Roman Empire arises, or Russia, the only country that in the present time has a future."
Charles BohlenGetty Images
“In two cases we can definitely say that you’re dealing with a liar: if a man says he can drink champagne the whole night without getting drunk, and if he says he understands Russians.”
Jascha HeifetzScherl/Global Look Press
“One Russian is an anarchist, two Russians are a chess game, three Russians are a revolution, and four Russians are the Budapest String Quartet.”
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