"Victory cannot be achieved without sacrifice, Mason. We Russians know this better than anyone."
— Viktor Reznov, Call of Duty: Black Ops
Franklin: "Ah. You're a pessimist."
Ivanova: "I'm a Russian, doctor. We understand these things."
oh also i mean there's the child abuse but come on
we boldly explore depths of misery that other countries can only imagine
"I present to you, General Knox, the Russian soldier, to whom suffering is the second nature."
—Russian General Alexander Samsonov to English General Knox, From August, 1914 by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.
I could not help being struck by the capacity of the Russian to adapt himself to the customs of that people among which he happens to be living. I do not know whether this trait of the mind deserves blame or praise, but it attests to his incredible flexibility and the presence of that lucid common sense that pardons evil wherever it recognizes its necessity or the impossibility of its abolishment.