Quotation by Marquis De Custine

I do not believe I am exaggerating in affirming that the empire of Russia is a country whose inhabitants are the most miserable on earth, because they suffer at one and the same time the evils of barbarism and of civilization.
Marquis De Custine (1790–1857), French traveler, author. Empire of the Czar: A Journey Through Eternal Russia, ch. 37 (1843, rev. 1989).
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