Russia has disappeared in two days. In three days at most. Even the paper "Novoe vremya" couldn't be closed faster than Russia was closed. See more
It's astonishing that it fell to pieces all at once. The world has never experienced anything similar, not even at the time of The Migration Period. That was an era, two or three centuries. Here it happened in three days, seemingly even in two. There was no Tsardom left, no Church, no army, no working class. What is left, then? Almost nothing.
On the train, Rozanov could not stop making fun of Pavel Berlin because his name is the name of a city. “And then there’s Jack London!” he said, “What kind of fad is this? Come on! I don’t call myself Petersburg. Chukovsky doesn’t call himself Moscow. We are humble people. And then there’s even Anatole France. I could be Vasilii Russia! I would be ashamed to show my face.”
It’s not the West who is hardworking, it’s the East. The West dallies. It works carelessly. But the moral labor is in the East - the East always prays to God for help.
All Christian literature is asceticism on the surface and paganism beneath. These aspects, so to say, are locked in struggle. One can never triumph over the other. If paganism dies, so dies the sun, so dies the world. See more
If Christianity dies? I do not even know. The world will carry on as it is. The sun will still be there. People will continue with their morning ablutions. Beyond this, I do not know what would happen.
A republic is simply youth, always youth, and it is limited by youth alone. It can be preserved only so long as it remains (almost physiologically) innocent, clean, fresh, and noble. As soon as these moral qualities disappear from a republic, it turns into a monarchy without fail, whether its republican form remains in place or not. See more
Indeed, those beastly United States are ultimately not a republic but a Trading Company, a union of trading cities and “states” united for reasons of convenience and profit. It does not become a monarchy only because, by some old tradition, it is entirely unable to find in itself even the least bit of “love and loyalty” to a single personality—that is, to the church or a traditional monarch. The States are not even a sovereignty—they are a monstrosity.
Lenin was always considered a creature of the gutter, and a thinker of the most phillistine ignorance. He is outdoing even this reputation.
Lenin rejects Russia. Not only does he reject the Russian Republic, but he rejects Russia. As for the people, he does not recognise them. Recognising only classes and estates, he calls on all Russians to think only on their narrow class interests and advantages. He does not, and does not want to, see a unified people.
Let us pray for our infelicitous Tsar, who is spending Easter as a prisoner. And let us pray, too, for Aleksei Nikolaevich, the heir to the throne, and for the Tsar’s daughters Olga and Tatiana... But as regards the German – no, we shan’t pray for her.