Alexander II of Russia
Alexander II (Russian: Алекса́ндр II Никола́евич, tr. Aleksandr II Nikolaevich; IPA: [ɐlʲɪˈksandr ftɐˈroj nʲɪkɐˈlajɪvʲɪtɕ]; 29 April [O.S. 17 April] 1818 - 13 March [O.S. 1 March] 1881) was the Emperor of Russia from 2 March 1855 until his assassination in 1881, and also the King of Poland and the Grand Prince of Finland.
- It is better to abolish serfdom from above than to wait for it to abolish itself from below.
- Speech (30 March 1856), as quoted in A Concise History of Russia (1972) by Ronald Hingley\. p. 122.