Marquis de Custine Quotes

What annoyances are more painful than those of which we cannot complain?
Marquis De Custine (1790-1857), French traveler, author. Empire of the Czar: A Journey Through Eternal Russia, ch. 7 (1843, revised 1989).
The circumstances of human society are too complicated to be submitted to the rigour of mathematical calculation.
Marquis De Custine (1790-1857), French traveler, author. Empire of the Czar: A Journey Through Eternal Russia, ch. 29 (1843, rev. 1989).
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).
Nations have always good reasons for being what they are, and the best of all is that they cannot be otherwise.
Marquis De Custine (1790-1857), French traveler, author. Empire of the Czar: A Journey Through Eternal Russia, ch. 37 (1843, rev. 1989).