Nicholas II of Russia
Nicholas II or Nikolai II Alexandrovich Romanov (18 May 1868 (Old Style) – 17 July 1918), known in the Russian Orthodox Church as Saint Nicholas the Passion-Bearer, was the last Tsar of Russia, ruling from 1 November 1894 until his forced abdication on 15 March 1917. His reign saw the fall of the Russian Empire from one of the foremost great powers of the world to economic and military collapse.
- I am not prepared to be Tsar. I never wanted to become one. I know nothing of the business of ruling. I even have no idea how to talk to the ministers.
- As quoted in Richard Wortman (1995). Scenarios of Power: From Alexander II to the abdication of Nicholas II. Princeton University Press. pp. 341–. ISBN 0-691-02947-4.
- I shall not consider the possibility of any resignation.
- As quoted in Robert K. Massie (1 January 2013). Nicholas and Alexandra: The Tragic, Compelling Story of the Last Tsar and his Family. Head of Zeus. pp. 274–. ISBN 978-1-78185-056-5.