“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.