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Title: Nicholas quotes
Post by: amartin71718 on July 02, 2010, 04:23:39 PM
I'm looking for any interesting quotes said by Nicholas. You can post either single quotes or exchanges between him and another person. They can be funny, serious, weird, whatever works. Thanks!
Title: Re: Nicholas quotes
Post by: RomanovsFan4Ever on July 03, 2010, 04:25:12 AM
"There is no justice among men."
Tsar Nicholas II

"I am not yet ready to be Tsar. I know nothing of the business of ruling."
Tsar Nicholas II
Title: Re: Nicholas quotes
Post by: historyfan on July 04, 2010, 09:05:46 PM
"All around me is cowardice and deceit."  -Diary of Nicholas II, very shortly after his abdication.
Title: Re: Nicholas quotes
Post by: Belochka on July 04, 2010, 10:38:02 PM
"All around me is cowardice and deceit."  -Diary of Nicholas II, very shortly after his abdication.

Not quite right. The actual wording was:

"All around [me there is] treachery, and cowardice, and betrayal."

Margarita
Title: Re: Nicholas quotes
Post by: Belochka on July 04, 2010, 10:45:16 PM
"There is no justice among men."
Tsar Nicholas II

"I am not yet ready to be Tsar. I know nothing of the business of ruling."
Tsar Nicholas II

This thread is a very good idea, however IMO it would be ideal if posters could also provide the source used, to ensure that any translated quotation attributed to Nikolai II can be verified.

Thank you in advance,

Margarita
Title: Re: Nicholas quotes
Post by: TimM on July 05, 2010, 03:20:57 AM
 “Well, here we all are.  What are you going to do now?”

Nicholas to Yurosky, just before the massacre begins.
Title: Re: Nicholas quotes
Post by: RomanovsFan4Ever on July 05, 2010, 04:29:29 AM
This thread is a very good idea, however IMO it would be ideal if posters could also provide the source used, to ensure that any translated quotation attributed to Nikolai II can be verified.

All right!

I read the second one for the first time on "Nicholas II and the tragic end of the Romanovs" by Henri Troyat...if I recall correctly, it was said during a conversation between him and Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich (confirmation needed!, I don't have the book with me now).

I read the second one on a website about famous quotes, don't remember which one exactly.
Title: Re: Nicholas quotes
Post by: amartin71718 on July 05, 2010, 01:15:42 PM
Nicholas, after the abdication, picked up the habit of calling himself an 'Ex'. The habit inspired thiis cute little quote which was said when a rather shoddy looking ham showed up on the lunch table during their palace captivity:

"Well, this may have once been a ham, but now it is nothing but an ex-ham."

Source: Nicholas and Alexandra by Massie.
Title: Re: Nicholas quotes
Post by: historyfan on July 05, 2010, 09:39:40 PM
"All around me is cowardice and deceit."  -Diary of Nicholas II, very shortly after his abdication.

Not quite right. The actual wording was:

"All around [me there is] treachery, and cowardice, and betrayal."

Margarita

My apologies - I didn't have the source in front of me.  (blushing) Treachery, that's the word I was missing...but I'm almost certain the word "deceit" was in there...no? 
Title: Re: Nicholas quotes
Post by: Belochka on July 05, 2010, 11:36:28 PM
"All around me is cowardice and deceit."  -Diary of Nicholas II, very shortly after his abdication.

Not quite right. The actual wording was:

"All around [me there is] treachery, and cowardice, and betrayal."

Margarita

My apologies - I didn't have the source in front of me.  (blushing) Treachery, that's the word I was missing...but I'm almost certain the word "deceit" was in there...no? 

No.
Title: Re: Nicholas quotes
Post by: Belochka on July 06, 2010, 12:10:24 AM
"All around me is cowardice and deceit."  -Diary of Nicholas II, very shortly after his abdication.

Not quite right. The actual wording was:

"All around [me there is] treachery, and cowardice, and betrayal."

Margarita

My apologies - I didn't have the source in front of me.  (blushing) Treachery, that's the word I was missing...but I'm almost certain the word "deceit" was in there...no? 

No.

Nikolai II wrote these words in his diary on March 2, 1917:

"Кругом измена, и трусость, и обман".

Margarita
Title: Re: Nicholas quotes
Post by: RomanovMartyrs on July 08, 2010, 01:41:41 AM
“Well, here we all are.  What are you going to do now?”

Nicholas to Yurosky, just before the massacre begins.

...Source?
Title: Re: Nicholas quotes
Post by: Belochka on July 08, 2010, 02:24:53 AM
“Well, here we all are.  What are you going to do now?”

Nicholas to Yurosky, just before the massacre begins.

...Source?

These statements attributed to Nikolai II do not ring true.

Margarita
Title: Re: Nicholas quotes
Post by: TimM on July 08, 2010, 03:32:29 PM
Quote
...Source?




My source is Last Days Of The Romanovs by Helen Rappaport.
Title: Re: Nicholas quotes
Post by: RealAnastasia on July 08, 2010, 10:48:37 PM
I don't believe we could really know what he exactly said in this awful moment.

RealAnastasia.
Title: Re: Nicholas quotes
Post by: TimM on July 08, 2010, 11:41:21 PM
Exactly, we have the accounts of the guards, but they were Bolsheviks, lying was natural to them.  Yurosky changed his story several times.  It's possible Nicholas could have said that though.
Title: Re: Nicholas quotes
Post by: LifeOfJudaism on September 08, 2010, 03:02:17 PM
Very very interesting quotes : D
Title: Re: Nicholas quotes
Post by: voyageroffreedom on November 07, 2010, 01:32:46 PM
“I am just a plain, common man.”
I found this quote in a website, and according to this website it was his favorite expression with regard to himself in a close family circle.
Title: Re: Nicholas quotes
Post by: Tsarya on December 01, 2010, 01:01:26 PM
"A strong country honours its historic traditions"

I heard this in the documentary by Nikita Mikhalkov called "Russians deprived of Russia" (you can watch it on youtube, it's very interesting!!)
Title: Re: Nicholas quotes
Post by: PAGE on June 11, 2018, 08:28:50 AM
In 1926, British Brigadier General W. H-H. Waters, military attaché in Russia has published his memories: Secret and Confidential, the experiences of a military attache.

He evokes several meetings with Tsar Nicholas II, and he quotes this sentence from the emperor: "Yes, but he is my ally, and I do not look at treaty as being a scrap of paper."

In 1916 Romania asks for military aid to Russia. General Waters thinks that we should not answer because it would prevent offensives elsewhere, and this quote is the Tsar's response to the British General.

The link to General Waters' book (quote page 326)

http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uc1.b3639192;view=2up;seq=350;size=150 (http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uc1.b3639192;view=2up;seq=350;size=150)