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284 Inspiring Quotes by Fyodor Dostoevsky

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Wikipedia Summary for Fyodor Dostoevsky

Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (Russian: Фёдор Михайлович Достоевский, romanized: Fyódor Mikháylovich Dostoyévskiy, lit. 'ˈfʲɵdər mʲɪˈxajləvʲɪdʑ dəstɐˈjɛfskʲɪj'; 11 November 1821 – 9 February 1881), sometimes transliterated as Dostoyevsky, was a Russian novelist, philosopher, short story writer, essayist, and journalist. Dostoevsky's literary works explore human psychology in the troubled political, social, and spiritual atmospheres of 19th-century Russia, and engage with a variety of philosophical and religious themes. His most acclaimed novels include Crime and Punishment (1866), The Idiot (1869), Demons (1872), and The Brothers Karamazov (1880). Dostoevsky's body of works consists of 12 novels, four novellas, 16 short stories, and numerous other works. Many literary critics rate him as one of the greatest psychological novelists in world literature. His 1864 novella Notes from Underground is considered to be one of the first works of existentialist literature.

Born in Moscow in 1821, Dostoevsky was introduced to literature at an early age through fairy tales and legends, and through books by Russian and foreign authors. His mother died in 1837 when he was 15, and around the same time, he left school to enter the Nikolayev Military Engineering Institute. After graduating, he worked as an engineer and briefly enjoyed a lavish lifestyle, translating books to earn extra money. In the mid-1840s he wrote his first novel, Poor Folk, which gained him entry into Saint Petersburg's literary circles. Arrested in 1849 for belonging to a literary group that discussed banned books critical of Tsarist Russia, he was sentenced to death but the sentence was commuted at the last moment. He spent four years in a Siberian prison camp, followed by six years of compulsory military service in exile. In the following years, Dostoevsky worked as a journalist, publishing and editing several magazines of his own and later A Writer's Diary, a collection of his writings. He began to travel around western Europe and developed a gambling addiction, which led to financial hardship. For a time, he had to beg for money, but he eventually became one of the most widely read and highly regarded Russian writers.

Dostoevsky was influenced by a wide variety of philosophers and authors including Pushkin, Gogol, Augustine, Shakespeare, Scott, Dickens, Balzac, Lermontov, Hugo, Poe, Plato, Cervantes, Herzen, Kant, Belinsky, Byron, Hegel, Schiller, Solovyov, Bakunin, Sand, Hoffmann, and Mickiewicz.

His writings were widely read both within and beyond his native Russia and influenced an equally great number of later writers including Russians such as Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and Anton Chekhov, philosophers Friedrich Nietzsche and Jean-Paul Sartre, and the emergence of Existentialism and Freudianism. His books have been translated into more than 170 languages, and served as the basis for many films.

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Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on earth.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

calm ocean

You will have many enemies, but even your foes will love you. Life will bring you many misfortunes, but you will find your happiness in them, and will bless life and will make others bless it-which is what matters most.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky


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And yet I am convinced that man will never give up true suffering- that is, destruction and chaos. Why, suffering is the sole root of consciousness.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

flat lay photography teacup on top of saucer

The more I love humanity in general, the less I love man in particular.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

woman singing on stage

To be too conscious is an illness. A real thorough going illness.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

grey sand wave

There is immeasurably more left inside than what comes out in words. Your thought, even a bad one, while it is with you, is always more profound, but in words it is more ridiculous and dishonorable.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

four wooden boat on teal sea

Suppose, gentleman, that man is not stupid.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

low angle photo of starry night

If you want to overcome the whole world, overcome yourself.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

empty gray carpet

Times of crisis, of disruption or constructive change, are not only predictable, but desirable. They mean growth. Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

man and woman kissing

Break what must be broken, once for all, that's all, and take the suffering on oneself.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

cat with flower

This is my last message to you: in sorrow, seek happiness.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

blue and white abstract painting

Love a man, even in his sin, for that love is a likeness of the divine love, and is the summit of love on earth.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky


person sitting on black surface looking to sky

He longed to revenge himself on everyone for his own unseemliness.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

full-bloomed red and white tulip flowers

Right attitudes produces right action.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

green trees on mountain during daytime

So, according to you, the other God does exist after all?'
'He doesn't exist, but He is. There's no pain in a stone, but there's pain in the fear of a stone.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky




sunset woman at beach

There is not a thing that is more positive than bread.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky


time lapse photography body of water

Besides, nowadays, almost all capable people are terribly afraid of being ridiculous, and are miserable because of it.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

couple sitting near trees during golden hour

All the Utopias will come to pass only when we grow wings and all people are converted into angels.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

woman wearing black top standing near yellow wall

From harmony, from heavenly harmony, This universal frame began: From harmony to harmony Through all the compass of the notes it ran, The diapason closing full in Man.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky


a woman sits on the end of a dock during daytime staring across a lake

Let us not forget that the reasons for human actions are usually incalculably more complex and diverse than we tend to explain them later, and are seldom clearly manifest.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky


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We sometimes encounter people, even perfect strangers, who begin to interest us at first sight, somehow suddenly, all at once, before a word has been spoken.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky


red metal bridge over river

If he has a conscience he will suffer for his mistake. That will be his punishment-as well as the prison.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

coconut tree near body of water

If you wish to glimpse inside a human soul and get to know a man ... just watch him laugh. If he laughs well, he's a good man.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky


water on seashore

It was a sad and dismal day today, rainy, without a ray of hope, just like the long days of my old age which I know will be as sad and dismal.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

landscape photo of mountains under starry sky at nighttime

If someone proved to me that Christ is outside the truth and that in reality the truth were outside of Christ, then I should prefer to remain with Christ rather than with the truth.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

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But what can a decent man speak of with most pleasure? Answer: Of himself. Well, so I will talk about myself.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky


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There is nothing higher and stronger and more wholesome and useful for life in later years than some good memory, especially a memory connected with childhood, with home.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

white brick wall planning

Learning to love is hard and we pay dearly for it. It takes hard work and a long apprenticeship, for it is not just for a moment that we must learn to love, but forever.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

silhouette of man standing on hill during starry night

Is there in the whole world a being who would have the right to forgive and could forgive?

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

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They were renewed by love; the heart of each held infinite sources of life for the heart of the other.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky


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An anguish of longing would boil up inside me; a hysterical thirst for contradictions and contrasts would appear, and I would embark on dissipations.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

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What does reason know? Reason only knows what it has succeeded in learning.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

silhouette of person's hands forming heart

To be acutely conscious is a disease, a real, honest-to-goodness disease.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

blue sky and white clouds

Remember that you must never sell your soul. Never accept payment in advance.... Never give a work to the printer before it is finished. This is the worst thing you can do.... It constitutes the murder of your own ideas.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

empty road towards mountains

Can a man possessing conciousness ever really respect himself?

--Fyodor Dostoevsky


white and blue floral textile

There is no object on earth which cannot be looked at from a cosmic point of view.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

brown and black tiger near body of water

Fathers, provoke not your children to wrath.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky


yellow flowers

What do you think, would not one tiny crime be wiped out by thousands of good deeds?

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

landscape photography of road at savannah

To love is to suffer and there can be no love otherwise.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

rock formation under starry skies

I walked along Nevsky Avenue.Actually it was more torture, humiliation, and bilious irritation than a stroll.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

three boys running on field

To a commonplace man of limited intellect, for instance, nothing is simpler than to imagine himself an original character, and to revel in that belief without the slightest misgiving.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

purple and blue light illustration

But try getting blindly carried away by your feelings, without reasoning, without a primary cause, driving conciousness away at least for a time; start hating; or fall in love, only so as not to sit with folded arms.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

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I agree that two and two make four is an excellent thing; but to give everything its due, two and two make five is also a very fine thing.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky




beach shore during day time

Beauty is mysterious as well as terrible. God and devil are fighting there, and the battlefield is the heart of man.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

smiling woman

Man is a creature that can get accustomed to anything, and I think that is the best definition of him.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

yellow and blue painted wall

Love in action is a harsh and dreadful thing compared to love in dreams.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

person walking holding brown leather bag

On an exceptionally hot evening early in July a young man came out of the garret in which he lodged in S. Place and walked slowly, as though in hesitation, towards K. bridge.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

shallow focus photography of red flower

I want to suffer so that I may love.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky


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But men love abstract reasoning and neat systematization so much that they think nothing of distorting the truth, closing their eyes and ears to contrary evidence to preserve their logical constructions.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

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And it is so simple... The one thing is -- love thy neighbor as thyself -- that is the one thing. That is all, nothing else is needed. You will instantly find how to live.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

brown trees on brown field during daytime

Forgive me... for my love -for ruining you with my love.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

brown houses in front of hill under starry night

The formula 'Two and two make five' is not without its attractions.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

houses and trees during nighttime

The world stands on absurdities, and without them perhaps nothing at all would happen.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

light blue

Humanity can live without science, it can live without bread, but it cannot live without beauty. Without beauty, there would be nothing left to do in this life. Here the secret lies. Here lies the entire story.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

silhouette photography of person in gray sailing boat in the middle of body of water

My soul bleeds and the blood steadily, silently, disturbingly slowly, swallows me whole.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

pink and white tulips on white surface

Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

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The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to such a pass that he cannot distinguish the truth within him.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

red rose flower

A fool with a heart and no sense is just as unhappy as a fool with sense and no heart.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

full moon in the sky

Be not forgetful of prayer. Every time you pray, if your prayer is sincere, there will be new feeling and new meaning in it, which will give you fresh courage, and you will understand that prayer is an education.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

blue wallpaper

The secret of man's being is not only to live but to have something to live for.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

white wooden door

To strive consciously for an object and to engage in engineering -- that is, incessantly and eternally to make new roads, wherever they may lead.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

black textile on white background

I tell you solemnly, that I have many times tried to become an insect. But I was not equal even to that. I swear, gentlemen, that to be too conscious is an illness -- a real thorough-going illness.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

rock formation under starry skies

We're originals...they should put us all under glass and show us to people, me first, ten kopecks for admission.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

green trees under white sky during daytime

In sinning, each man sins against all, and each man is at least partly guilt for another's sin. There is no isolated sin.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky


yellow Labrador puppy running on field

What you need more than anything in life is a definite position.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky


yellow Labrador puppy running on field

After all, bluff and real emotion exist so easily side by side.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

green-leafed plant

Every man has some reminiscences which he would not tell to everyone, but only to his friends.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

laughing woman photo

Loving someone is different from being in love with someone. You can hate someone you're in love with.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

coconut tree near body of water

That's just the point: an honest and sensitive man opens his heart, and the man of business goes on eating -- and then he eats you up.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

man standing outdoors

Love is such a priceless treasure that you can buy the whole world with it, and redeem not only your own but other people's sins. Go, and do not be afraid.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

man and woman holding hand while walking on bridge

The best way to keep a prisoner from escaping is to make sure he never knows he's in prison.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky


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If the people around you are spiteful and callous and will not hear you, fall down before them and beg their forgiveness; for in truth you are to blame for their not wanting to hear you.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

analog clock at 5:55

Man has it all in his hands, and it all slips through his fingers from sheer cowardice.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

shallow focus photography of bee on flower

Everywhere I am the object of an unbelievable esteem, the interest in me is, quite simply, tremendous.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky


brown grass field during daytime

Man is sometimes extraordinarily, passionately, in love with suffering.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

yellow and red tulip in bloom close up photo

And you're sorry that the ephemeral beauty has faded so rapidly, so irretrievably, that it flashed so deceptively and pointlessly before your eyes -- you're sorry, for you didn't even have time to fall in love.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

white-and-pink flowers

In any case, you must remember, my dearest, that the main strength of innocence is innocence itself. farewell.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

feet in stream

Viper will eat viper, and it would serve them both right!

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

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In summer, intolerable closeness; in winter, unendurable cold. All the floors were rotten. Filth on the floors an inch thick; one could slip and fall.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky



man and woman kissing

Love the animals: God has given them the rudiments of thought and joy untroubled.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky



backdrop

Know that I've forgotten precisely nothing; but I've driven it all out of my head for a time, even the memories -- until I've radically improved my circumstances. Then...then you'll see, I'll rise from the dead!

--Fyodor Dostoevsky


white and black soccer ball on grass field

It is a law of nature that every decent man on earth is bound to be a coward and a slave.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

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Man is a mystery. It needs to be unravelled, and if you spend your whole life unravelling it, don't say that you've wasted time. I am studying that mystery because I want to be a human being.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

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It is always so, when we are unhappy we feel more strongly the unhappiness of others; our feeling is not shattered, but becomes concentrated.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky


pink tulip flower

You can never be sure of what has passed between husband and wife or lover and mistress.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky


man with LED headlight looking upward

The fear of appearances is the first symptom of impotence.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

pink concrete wall during daytime

Oh, if only I did nothing simply as a result of laziness.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky


woman standing on forest

If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery of things.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

silhouette of man on top of hill overlooking lighted city at dawn

We do not understand that life is paradise, for it suffices only to wish to understand it, and at once paradise will appear in front of us in its beauty.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky





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For, after all, you do grow up, you do outgrow your ideals, which turn to dust and ashes, which are shattered into fragments; and if you have no other life, you just have to build one up out of these fragments.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

Longer Version:

For, after all, you do grow up, you do outgrow your ideals, which turn to dust and ashes, which are shattered into fragments; and if you have no other life, you just have to build one up out of these fragments. And all the time your soul is craving and longing for something else. And in vain does the dreamer rummage about in his old dreams, raking them over as though they were a heap of cinders, looking in these cinders for some spark, however tiny, to fan it into a flame so as to warm his chilled blood by it and revive in it all that he held so dear before, all that touched his heart, that made his blood course through his veins, that drew tears from his eyes, and that so splendidly deceived him!


white swan on blue sea during daytime

But man is so addicted to systems and to abstract conclusions that he is prepared deliberately to distort the truth, to close his eyes and ears, but justify his logic at all cost.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

coconut tree near body of water

Killing myself was a matter of such indifference to me that I felt like waiting for a moment when it would make some difference.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

pink rose

Sarcasm: the last refuge of modest and chaste-souled people when the privacy of their soul is coarsely and intrusively invaded.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

purple wallpaper

What if man is not really a scoundrel, man in general, I mean, the whole race of mankind-then all the rest is prejudice, simply artificial terrors and there are no barriers and it's all as it should be.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky



brown butterfly perched on flower

I've long stopped worrying about who invented whom -- God man or man God.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

person in black jacket standing on beach during daytime

They tease me now, telling me it was only a dream. But does it matter whether it was a dream or reality, if the dream made known to me the truth?

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

pink and orange paints

Every ant  knows the  formula of its ant-hill, every  bee knows  the formula  of its  beehive. They know it  in their own way, not in our way. Only humankind does not know its own formula.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky


body of water during sunset

Beauty is a terrible and awful thing! It is terrible because it has not been fathomed, for God sets us nothing but riddles. Here the boundaries meet and all contradictions exist side by side.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky


flat lay photography teacup on top of saucer

My God, a moment of bliss. Why, isn't that enough for a whole lifetime?

--Fyodor Dostoevsky


Milky way in nature photography

What terrible tragedies realism inflicts on people.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky




closeup photo of bird beside purple petal flowers

A novel is a work of poetry. In order to write it, one must have tranquility of spirit and of impression.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

bonfire in forest

Faith does not, in the realist, spring from the miracle but the miracle from the faith.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

Longer Version:

Faith does not, in the realist, spring from the miracle but the miracle from faith. If the realist once believes, then he is bound by his very realism to admit the miraculous also.


man smiling while facing other person

To cook your hare you must first catch it.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

closed white painted door with exit signage

One can know a man from his laugh, and if you like a man's laugh before you know anything of him, you may confidently say that he is a good man.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

backdrop

The Golden Age is the most implausible of all dreams. But for it men have given up their life and strength; for the sake of it prophets have died and been slain; without it the people will not live and cannot die.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

yellow and blue painted wall

The best definition of man is: a being that goes on two legs and is ungrateful.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky



yellow flower field under clear sky

It is not as a child that I believe and confess Jesus Christ. My hosanna is born of a furnace of doubt.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

time lapse photography body of water

For a woman, all resurrection, all salvation, from whatever perdition, lies in love; in fact, it is her only way to it.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

white and blue ice in water

He seemed, indeed, to accept everything without the least condemnation though often grieving bitterly.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

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Above all, don't lie to yourself.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky


yellow and red tulip in bloom close up photo

Two and two make four. Nature doesn't ask your advice. She isn't interested in your preferences or whether or not you approve of her laws. You must accept nature as she is with all the consequences that that implies.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

brown and red paint brushes

I cannot truly imagine a truly great person who hasn't suffered.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky


time lapse photography of lightning during storm

For what is man without desires, without free will, and without the power of choice but a stop in an organ pipe?

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

full moon in the sky

The more incompetent one feels, the more eager he is to fight.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

white pampas grasses near body of water at daytime

I feel pity for him, and that is a poor sign of love.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

view of mountaintops with clouds

Ah, Misha, he has a stormy spirit. His mind is in bondage. He is haunted by a great, unsolved doubt. He is one of those who don't want millions, but an answer to their questions.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

Milky way in nature photography

But how could you live and have no story to tell?

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

tree and pink sky painting

Actions are sometimes performed in a masterly and most cunning way, while the direction of the actions is deranged and dependent on various morbid impressions -- it's like a dream.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky


yellow petaled flower screenshot

Anyhow, with some people everything always turns out right, and with others it's like nothing in the world.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky



silhouette of stones during golden hour

I am a fool with a heart but no brains, and you are a fool with brains but no heart; and we're both unhappy, and we both suffer.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

gray concrete floor

Man has such a predilection for systems and abstract deductions that he is ready to distort the truth intentionally he is ready to deny the evidence of his senses only to justify his logic.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

panoramic photography of mountains

Don't let us forget that the causes of human actions are usually immeasurably more complex and varied than our subsequent explanations of them.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

sunset

Trifles, trifles are what matter!

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

sealion surrounded by rocks during daytime

You're a gentleman," they used to say to him. "You shouldn't have gone murdering people with a hatchet; that's no occupation for a gentleman.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky


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Atheism: It seeks to replace in itself the moral power of religion, in order to appease the spiritual thirst of parched humanity and save it; not by Christ, but by force.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

seashore during daytime

Without a clear perception of his reasons for living, man will never consent to live, and will rather destroy himself than tarry on earth, though he be surrounded with bread.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky


closeup photo of white petaled flowers

They have succeeded in accumulating a greater mass of objects, but the joy in the world has grown less.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

man and woman kissing beside body of water during daytime

If God does not exist, everything is permitted.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky



man smiling while facing other person

Catch several hares and you won't catch one.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky


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Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky


girl leaning on wall during daytime

From a hundred rabbits you can't make a horse.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

assorted books on wooden table

Walking along the crowded row He met the one he used to know.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

red tulip in bloom close up photo

Everything will come in due course, if you have the gumption to wait for it.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

galaxy

To care only for well-being seems to me positively ill-bred. Whether it's good or bad, it is sometimes very pleasant, too, to smash things.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

a man walks alone in the haze

I love the sticky leaves in spring, the blue sky -- that's all it is. It's not a matter of intellect or logic, it's loving with one's inside, with one's stomach.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

purple and green light digital wallpaper

Existentialism isn't so atheistic that it wears itself out showing that God doesn't exist. Rather, it declares that even if God did exist, that would change nothing.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

closeup photo of lounger chairs and beach umbrellas

Don't think I'm talking nonsense because I'm drunk. I'm not a bit drunk. Brandy's all very well, but I need two bottles to make me drunk.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

two mugs of brown liquids

Every man needs a place to go to.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

shade under a green-leafed tree

Life is in ourselves and not in the external.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

two gold-colored skeleton keys

I am crazy about mysterious things.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

purple flowers under cloudy sky

Men do not accept their prophets and slay them, but they love their martyrs and worship those whom they have tortured to death.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

white and blue building under clear sky

Every blade of grass, every insect, ant, and golden bee, all so amazingly know their path, though they have not intelligence, they bear witness to the mystery of God and continually accomplish it themselves.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

lion on green grass during golden hour

There is nothing more alluring to man than freedom of conscience, but neither is there anything more agonizing.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky


green trees on body of water during daytime

Just take a look around you: Blood is flowing in rivers and in such a jolly way you'd think it was champagne.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

toddler hugging siberian husky

Who doesn't desire his father's death?

--Fyodor Dostoevsky


calm ocean

At first it was simply liking, Nastenka, but now, now ! I am just in the same position as you were when you went to him with your bundle. In a worse position than you, Nastenka,because he cared for no one else as you do.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

shallow focus photography of stack of books

Without God all things are permitted.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

white ceramic mug with coffee on brown wooden table

Man only likes to count his troubles; he doesn't calculate his happiness.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

brown mountains under blue sky

Your worst sin is that you have destroyed and betrayed yourself for nothing.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

person walking on snowfield

Suffering is part and parcel of extensive intelligence and a feeling heart.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

gray and brown hummingbird perching on yellow petaled flower

God knows what lives in me in place of me.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky



brown wooden board

I've always considered myself smarter than everyone around me, and sometimes, believe me, I've been ashamed of it. At the least, all my life I've looked away and never could look people straight in the eye.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky


silhouette of kneeling man

In a way there's only a fine shade of difference between the healthy and the deranged.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

A view of the night showing stars

Anyone who can appease a man's conscience can take his freedom away from him.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

green and white abstract painting

In abstract love of humanity one almost always only loves oneself.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

yellow sunflower under blue sky during daytime

Finally, I couldn't imagine how I could live without books, and I stopped dreaming about marrying that Chinese prince .

--Fyodor Dostoevsky


green-leafed plant

It is better to be unhappy and know the worst, than to be happy in a fool's paradise.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

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There is something spiteful and yet open-hearted about you.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky



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It is amazing what one ray of sunshine can do for a man!

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

black textile in close up photography

A widow, the mother of a family, and from her heart she produces chords to which my whole being responds.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

purple and black light illustration

Reality is infinitely diverse, compared with even the subtlest conclusions of abstract thought, and does not allow of clear-cut and sweeping distinctions. Reality resists classification.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky


band performing on stage in front of people

Now answer me, sincerely, honestly, who lives past forty? I'll tell you who does: fools and scoundrels.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

close-up photograph of black dreadnought acoustic guitar

Happiness does not lie in happiness, but in the achievement of it.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky



shallow focus photography of bee on flower

That's always the way with fanatics; they cross themselves at the tavern and throw stones at the temple.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky




brown and white humming bird

Let it not be a beautiful face,' I thought, 'but to make up for that, let it be a noble, an expressive, and, above all, an extremely intelligent one.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

blooming pink flower

My friend, the truth is always implausible, did you know that? To make the truth more plausible, it's absolutely necessary to mix a bit of falsehood with it. People have always done so.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

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Often a man endures for several years, submits and suffers the cruellest punishments, and then suddenly breaks out over some minute trifle, almost nothing at all.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky


a couple holding hands with a wedding ring visible

The absurd is only too necessary on earth. The world stands on absurdities.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky


black and gray textile in close up photography

Lack of originality, everywhere, all over the world, from time immemorial, has always been considered the foremost quality and the recommendation of the active, efficient and practical man.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

silhouette of mountain

Hold your tongue; you won't understand anything. If there is no God, then I am God.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky



person holding flowers

Never mind a little dirt, if the goal is splendid!

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

coffee mug on top of tablecloth beside ashtray

The greater the stupidity, the greater the clarity. Stupidity is brief and guileless, while wit equivocates and hides. Wit is a scoundrel, while stupidity is honest and sincere.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

water color palette on white surface

To go wrong in one's own way is better than to go right in someone else's.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

gray cactus plant on white pot

Love children especially, for they too are sinless like the angels; they live to soften and purify our hearts and, as it were, to guide us.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

brown tree branch during daytime

I bless the rising sun each day, and, as before, my heart sings to meet it, but now I love even more its setting, its long slanting rays and the soft tender gentle memories that come with them...' -Father Zossima.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

man in black jacket sitting on chair

A cultivated and decent man cannot be vain without setting a fearfully high standard for himself, and without despising and almost hating himself at certain moments.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

brown rugby ball

It suddenly seemed to me that I was lonely, that everyone was forsaking me and going away from me.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky


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Believe to the end, even if all men went astray and you were left the only one faithful; bring your offering even then and praise God in your loneliness.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

white tulips with green leaves

Do you believe in a future everlasting life? No, not in a future everlasting but in an everlasting life here. There are moments, you reach moments, and time comes to a sudden stop, and it will become eternal.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

white Starbuck plastic cup on brown fabric armchair

The darker the night, the brighter the stars,
The deeper the grief, the closer is God!

--Fyodor Dostoevsky


empty pathway

When reason fails, the devil helps!

--Fyodor Dostoevsky



brown mountain at nighttime

I believe the best definition of man is the ungrateful biped.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky


red white and blue flag

The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky



orange abstract painting

Drive nature out of the door and it will fly in at the window.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

water color palette on white surface

Man is a pliable animal, a being who gets accustomed to everything!

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

pink and orange paints

Nature doesn't ask your permission; it doesn't care about your wishes, or whether you like its laws or not. You're obliged to accept it as it is, and consequently all its results as well.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

group of camels walking on desert lake at daytime

Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky


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It seems, in fact, as though the second half of a man's life is made up of nothing, but the habits he has accumulated during the first half.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky


photo of giraffe

May you be for ever blessed for that moment of bliss and happiness which you gave to another lonely and grateful heart. Isn't such a moment sufficient for the whole of one's life?

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

long black haired woman smiling close-up photography

The more conscious I was of goodness and of all that was 'sublime and beautiful,'the more deeply I sank into my mire and the more ready I was to sink in it altogether.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

silhouette of person kicking on mid air

I go to spread the tidings, I want to spread the tidings of what? Of the truth , for I have seen it, have seen it with my own eyes , have seen it in all its glory .

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

woman looking up to the sky while standing on white sand

It is easier for a Russian to become an atheist than for anyone else in the world.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

pink tulip in bloom close up photo

For men are made for happiness, and any one who is completely happy has a right to say to himself, 'I am doing God's will on earth.'

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

landscape photography of road at savannah

To love someone means to see him as God intended him.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

woman jumping near white wall paint

The most pressing question on the problem of faith is whether a man as a civilized being can believe in the divinity of the Son of God, Jesus Christ, for therein rests the whole of our faith.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

two grey elephants on grass plains during sunset

Lying is a delightful thing, for it leads to truth.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky


green leafed vegetable on brown wooden surface

Since man cannot live without miracles, he will provide himself with miracles of his own making. He will believe in witchcraft and sorcery, even though he may otherwise be a heretic, an atheist, and a rebel.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

red tulip flowers under calm blue sky

There is no subject so old that something new cannot be said about it.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

time lapse photography of fire

There is only one thing that I dread: not to be worthy of my sufferings.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

pink rose in close up photography

If he's honest, he'll steal; if he's human, he'll murder; if he's faithful, he'll deceive.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

red

Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

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