Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes
Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.
If you want to be respected by others, the great thing is to respect yourself. Only by that, only by self-respect will you compel others to respect you.
If you wish to glimpse inside a human soul and get to know a man, don’t bother analyzing his ways of being silent, of talking, of weeping, of seeing how much he is moved by noble ideas; you will get better results if you just watch him laugh. If he laughs well, he’s a good man.
To love someone means to see them as God intended them.
If you want to overcome the whole world, overcome yourself.
Man only likes to count his troubles; he doesn’t calculate his happiness.
The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.
I think the devil doesn’t exist, but man has created him, he has created him in his own image and likeness.
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To live without Hope is to Cease to live.
The soul is healed by being with children.
If there is no God, everything is permitted.
I can see the sun, but even if I cannot see the sun, I know that it exists. And to know that the sun is there – that is living.
There is something at the bottom of every new human thought, every thought of genius, or even every earnest thought that springs up in any brain, which can never be communicated to others, even if one were to write volumes about it and were explaining one’s idea for thirty-five years; there’s something left which cannot be induced to emerge from your brain, and remains with you forever; and with it you will die, without communicating to anyone perhaps the most important of your ideas. Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes from The Idiot
Beauty is mysterious as well as terrible. God and devil are fighting there, and the battlefield is the heart of man.
Realists do not fear the results of their study.
The greatest happiness is to know the source of unhappiness.
Happiness does not lie in happiness, but in the achievement of it.
The formula ‘Two and two make five’ is not without its attractions.
There is no subject so old that something new cannot be said about it.
It is not possible to eat me without insisting that I sing praises of my devourer?
Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid.
The cleverest of all, in my opinion, is the man who calls himself a fool at least once a month.
Deprived of meaningful work, men and women lose their reason for existence; they go stark, raving mad.
I believe like a child that suffering will be healed and made up for, that all the humiliating absurdity of human contradictions will vanish like a pitiful mirage, like the despicable fabrication of the impotent and infinitely small Euclidean mind of man, that in the world’s finale, at the moment of eternal harmony, something so precious will come to pass that it will suffice for all hearts, for the comforting of all resentments, for the atonement of all the crimes of humanity, for all the blood that they’ve shed; that it will make it not only possible to forgive but to justify all that has happened. Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quotes from The Brothers Karamazov
Besides, nowadays, almost all capable people are terribly afraid of being ridiculous, and are miserable because of it.
Men do not accept their prophets and slay them, but they love their martyrs and worship those whom they have tortured to death.
Sarcasm: the last refuge of modest and chaste-souled people when the privacy of their soul is coarsely and intrusively invaded.
Power is given only to those who dare to lower themselves and pick it up. Only one thing matters, one thing; to be able to dare!
Man, so long as he remains free, has no more constant and agonizing anxiety than find as quickly as possible someone to worship.
Remember particularly that you cannot be a judge of anyone. For no one can judge a criminal until he recognizes that he is just such a criminal as the man standing before him, and that he perhaps is more than all men to blame for that crime. When he understands that, he will be able to be a judge. Though that sounds absurd, it is true. If I had been righteous myself, perhaps there would have been no criminal standing before me. If you can take upon yourself the crime of the criminal your heart is judging, take it at once, suffer for him yourself, and let him go without reproach. And even if the law itself makes you his judge, act in the same spirit so far as possible, for he will go away and condemn himself more bitterly than you have done. If, after your kiss, he goes away untouched, mocking at you, do not let that be a stumbling-block to you. It shows his time has not yet come, but it will come in due course. And if it come not, no matter; if not he, then another in his place will understand and suffer, and judge and condemn himself, and the truth will be fulfilled. Believe that, believe it without doubt; for in that lies all the hope and faith of the saints. Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quotes from The Brothers Karamazov
There are things which a man is afraid to tell even to himself, and every decent man has a number of such things stored away in his mind.
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.
A real gentleman, even if he loses everything he owns, must show no emotion. Money must be so far beneath a gentleman that it is hardly worth troubling about.
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.
If you were to destroy the belief in immortality in mankind, not only love but every living force on which the continuation of all life in the world depended, would dry up at once.
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