"I think, though the Bolsheviks have few positive sides , the disbandment of the
Constituent Assembly is truly to their credit. This one should consider their
"Even if we have to burn half of Russia and shed the blood of three quarters of the population, we shall do it if that is needed to save Russia."
"I am an opponent of the Bolsheviks. I consider them enemies of my country.
I know that they will bring the greatest suffering upon the people .... But if I
were asked whether I regretted the revolution, I would say no. And whatever
my personal fate - if I were asked whether I'd live through the revolution again,
I would say yes."
"You're wasters, not soldiers. Why didn't you get rid of them?"
"The Bolsheviks slavishly imitated speech and gesture of the French Jacobins,
just as the Jacobins in turn had imitated the heroes of ancient Rome. But they
forgot that the French Revolution itself was drowned in bloody defeat precisely
because of its terrorism."