We must give a strong country to baby [Alexei]. Be firm, Russia loves to feel the whip, its their nature. How I wish I could pour my will into your veins. Be Peter the Great, Ivan the Terrible, crush them all under you.
Tsarina Alexandra in a letter to her husband, Tsar Nicholas II during the First World War
If that is not a motivational speech, I don’t know what else is, damn!