“Well

“Well, everything is going to ruin! Robbery in the law courts, in the army nothing but flogging, drilling and Military Settlements, the people are tortured, enlightenment is suppressed. All that is young and honest is crushed! Everyone sees that this cannot go on. Everything is strained to such a degree that it will certainly break…
“Something else is needed. When you stand expecting the overstrained string to snap at any moment, when everyone is expecting the inevitable catastrophe, as many as possible must join hands as closely as they can to withstand the general calamity. Everything that is young and strong is being enticed away and depraved. One is lured by women, another by honors, a third by ambition or money, and they go over to that camp. No independent men, such as you or I, are left. What I said is widen the scope of our society, let the mot d’ordre be not virtue alone but independence and action as well.”
— Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace