Monday, January 21, 2008


One tyrant is much like another...

Leo Tolstoy on Czar Nicholas I:
Continual brazen flattery from everybody round him, in the teeth of obvious facts, had brought him to such a state that he no longer saw his own inconsistencies or measured his actions and words by reality, logic or even by simple common sense; but was quite convinced that all his orders, however senseless, unjust, and mutually contradictory they might be, became reasonable just and mutually accordant simply because he gave them.
(from Hadji Murad)

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