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''I am always accused of liking and helping the Germans, but nobody knows how I hate Wilhelm for all the evil he has brought to my native country.''


Thy people shall be my people and thy God my God: Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried.


"How soon will you be close to me again? Come quickly! I am waiting for you and tormenting myself for you."


“I don’t mind whether a person is rich or poor. Once my friend, always my friend.”


"People forget that the greatest conqueror is he who conquers himself."


“All is in God’s will. The deeper you look, the more you understand that this is so. All sorrows are sent us to free us from our sins or as a test of our faith, an example to others. It requires good food to make plants grow properly and the gardener, walking through His garden, wants to be pleased with His flowers. If they do not grow properly, he takes His pruning knife, and cuts, waiting for the sunshine to coax them into growth again”...


If we will pursue our Friend, we and our country has suffered for it. June 22, 1915


July 16. Tuesday. Irina’s 23rd birthday. 11 am. Gray morning,later lovely sunshine. Baby has a slight cold. All went out 1/2 hour in the morning. Olga and I arranged our medicines. (jewels) Tatiana read, 3 pm religious readings. They went out. Tatiana stayed with me and we read the books by prophets Amos and pr.Avdiy. Talked. Every morning the superint. (Yurovsky) comes to our rooms, at last after a week brought eggs again for Baby. 8. Suddenly, Lewka Sedniev (the kitchen boy) was fetched to go and see his uncle and flew off. Wonder wether it’s true and we shall see the boy back again. Played bezique with N (Nicky). 10 1/2 to bed. 15 degrees. July 16, 1917


"Baby is flourishing and kisses her beloved Grandmama. I hope she can go out as soon as it gets a little warmer. Everything reminds me here so much of when she was born, and it is so strange to see her such a big, fat little creature, laughing and cooing away. Whilst we have our breakfast I give her hers. She weighs now a little more than Irina, but is of course not as long." April 17, 1896


I had long ago noticed that you were sad, but did not ask because one does not like it when others ask...Try not to let your thoughts dwell too much on him, that's what our Friend said...I know he likes you as a little sister, and would like to help you not to care too much, because he knows you, a little Grand Duchess, must not care for him so...Be brave and cheer up and don't let your thoughts dwell so much upon him. It's not good and makes you yet more sad.


“No more separations. At last united, bound for life, and when this life is ended we meet again in the other world to remain together for all eternity. Yours, Yours.”


‘My little Malama came for an hour yesterday evening...Looks flourishing more of a man now, an adorable boy still. I must say a perfect son in law he w(ou)ld have been – why are foreign P(rin)ces not as nice?”. Tatiana also had another suitor Boris Ravtopulo he was hooked by her but never had the courage to tell her his feelings. ‘


“He is absolutely stunning, such fortitude of spirit, tho’ he suffers endlessly for his country...How old I am, but I feel like the country’s mother & suffer as if for my own child and love my Homeland despite all the horrors & sins...Despite its black ingratitude to the sovreign which tears at my heart...Lord have mercy on Russia and save her” Sept. 17, 1917


My precious Nicky, no words to express my deep love - every day deeper and more faithful. Do you believe, dear, can you feel how fast my heart beating, and only for you, my husband.


“Me loves you, oh so very tenderly and deeply. Be firm, and show your mind. And don’t let others forget who you are.”


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