Quotation by Marquis De Custine

In Russia, whatever be the appearance of things, violence and arbitrary rule is at the bottom of them all. Tyranny rendered calm by the influence of terror is the only kind of happiness which this government is able to afford its people.
Marquis De Custine (1790–1857), French traveler, author. Empire of the Czar: A Journey Through Eternal Russia, ch. 37 (1843, rev. 1989).

De Custine went on to say of the Russians, "If they wish to be recognized by the European nations, and treated as equals, they must begin by submitting to hear themselves judged."
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