Search of "golden mean", "imperial way", the integrating national business between numb stagnancy of reactionaries and blind nihilism of revolutionaries was the main dignity of Stolypin. As the person, P. Stolypin differed, first of all, in personal modesty and extraordinary strong moral principles. It is difficult to imagine the bigger family man, more faithful husband. On all the habits and behavior it was almost the puritan. Anywhere there are no certificates which would indicate the opposite. Even the most sworn enemies of Stolypin couldn't but recognize it. Analyzing Pyotr Stolypin's life, sometimes you come to a conclusion that it was, probably, even by excessively "correct" person a little boring and was brightly shown only in the state activity. There are as if two Pyotr Stolypin — the quiet and peaceful family man, both the politician, the leader, the fighter, vigorous and ready to self-sacrifice. He seldom and moderately took alcoholic drinks, never smoked (though he wrote the diploma about tobacco), almost didn't play cards. He often spoke, laughing, to guests: "We have an Old Believers' house cards, neither wine, nor tobacco". Thus in clothes and food Stolypin were modest and never strove for deliberate luxury.
Quotes from others about the person
V. V. Shulgin testifies that in him there was a certain low-studied force to rule. It was the person who if "didn't sit down on an imperial throne, under known circumstances would be worthy it to borrow". In its manner and shape the All-Russian dictator appeared. However the dictator to whom rough attacks or undemocratic character of behavior were integrally not peculiar. Probably, such person was also necessary to Russia in that critical time. Not incidentally both to, and after P. Stolypin's death to him contemporaries applied such significant words as "the Russian Bismarck", "the iron minister", "the last hero", "athlete", "the actual dictator", etc.
The writer S. N. Syromyatnikov about the tempered P. Stolypin's character as statesman, I wrote: "If Bismarck was called the iron chancellor for his policy, it is possible to call Stolypin the iron minister for his will power and for his self-control much more correctly. Sometimes only lit up his eye when it heard about any outrage"
Are important for P. Stolypin's characteristic of reminiscence of other his colleague on the government S. I. Timashev. "Then feature of its character connection of two ordinary mutually exclusive qualities of bewitching softness in the attitude towards people (except those who became to it across a way) with extraordinary strong, iron will and rare fearlessness made. This person really wasn't afraid of anything, wasn't afraid for the situation, even for the life. It did that found useful, without reckoning at all with how the people who had a great influence in the highest spheres will treat its actions. In case of pressure from above it always had a simple dilemma: either to overpersuade, or to leave the post, but never any compromises.
Many contemporaries considered that Pyotr Arkadyevich was extremely ambitious and ambitious. S.Yu. Witte complained that for himself and native Stolypin gives on a nose to newspapers, and for it doesn't intercede. S.E. Kryzhanovsky wrote: "… Stolypin differed in hypersensibility to personal attacks on it …" Approximately the same was told about Stolypin by V. I. Gurko and many other critics. At the same time, concrete it isn't confirmed by anything. For example, in "The Petersburg leaf" we read: "It is no secret that Stolypin personally didn't react to press attacks. The oppositional press at one Minister of Internal Affairs didn't dare to argue so freely on the minister, as at Stolypin".
The Minister of War A.F. Rediger who directly wrote: "Stolypin then, at the beginning, made on me the best impression: young, vigorous, with belief in future of Russia, it resolutely undertook on reforms. Before convocation of the 2nd Duma Council of ministers, working according to Art. 87 of Basic laws, I received the extensive legislature which Stolypin used widely for carrying out new laws, sometimes the very large. This completeness of the power, unfortunately, had bad impact on Council and in particular — on Stolypin as generated at them the exaggerated idea of their value and laid the foundation of that megalomania which, eventually, seized Stolypin"