Marquis de Custine


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Astolphe-Louis-Léonor, Marquis de Custine (March 18, 1790 – October 18, 1857) was a French aristocrat and writer who is best known for his travel writing, in particular his account of his visit to Russia in 1839 Empire of the Czar: A Journey Through Eternal Russia. This work documents not only Custine's travels through the Russian empire, but also the social fabric, economy, and way of life during... more »

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  • ''What annoyances are more painful than those of which we cannot complain?''
    Marquis De Custine (1790-1857), French traveler, author. Empire of the Czar: A Journey Through Eternal Russia, ch. 7 (1843, revised 1989).
  • ''The circumstances of human society are too complicated to be submitted to the rigour of mathematical calculation.''
    Marquis De Custine (1790-1857), French traveler, author. Empire of the Czar: A Journey Through Eternal Russia, ch. 29 (1843, rev. 1989).
  • I do not believe I am exaggerating in affirming that the empire of Russia is a country whose inhabitants are the most miserable on earth, because they suffer at one and the same time the evils of barb...
    Marquis De Custine (1790-1857), French traveler, author. Empire of the Czar: A Journey Through Eternal Russia, ch. 37 (1843, rev. 1989).
  • ''Nations have always good reasons for being what they are, and the best of all is that they cannot be otherwise.''
    Marquis De Custine (1790-1857), French traveler, author. Empire of the Czar: A Journey Through Eternal Russia, ch. 37 (1843, rev. 1989).
  • The love of their country is with them only a mode of flattering its master; as soon as they think that master can no longer hear, they speak of everything with a frankness which is the more startling...
    Marquis De Custine (1790-1857), French traveler, author. Empire of the Czar: A Journey Through Eternal Russia, ch. 7 (1843, revised 1989). Of the ...
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