"If people would sooner or later get the idea of saving themselves rather than saving the world, of liberating themselves rather than liberating humanity, how much they would do towards saving the world and liberating humanity."—Alexander Herzen
Alexander Herzen was one of the great and original thinkers of the 19th Century. His memoir, My Past and Thoughts, is one of my most beloved books, not only for his thinking but for the humanity that is revealed in his character. I found the above quotations in a recent book by Lesley Chamberlain (author of the wonderful Nietzsche in Turin), entitled Motherland. I am only part way into it, but I can already recommend it highly for anyone interested in Russia, philosophy, or the history of ideas.