Quote of the Week: “We Russians are always like that…”

“We Russians are always like that. Perhaps it’s our strong point, really, the faculty of seeing our own shortcomings; but we overdo it, we comfort ourselves with irony which we always have on the tip of our tongues. All I say is, give such rights as our local self-government to any other European people – why, the Germans or the English would have worked their way to freedom from them, while we simply turn them into ridicule.”

– Sergey Ivanovich Oblonsky (in Lev Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina)

P.S. Anna Karenina movie still found here.

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