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."
"Russians love to fetishize their own suffering. They don't live, they survive."
— Mike, Geography Now
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."
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.
This is what has always set our people apart. A thousand years of sacrifice in our veins. And every generation must know its own suffering.
—Boris Scherbina, Chernobyl