Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes

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Beauty will save the world. Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Idiot

I always feel when I meet people that I am lower than all, and that they all take me for a buffoon; so I say let me play the buffoon, for you are, every one of you, stupider and lower than I. Fyodor Dostoevsky, Brothers Karamazov

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. Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

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! Fyodor Dostoevsky quotes

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

Do what you can, and it will be reckoned unto you. Fyodor Dostoevsky, Brothers Karamazov

The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for. Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

It is clear to me now that, owing to my unbounded vanity and to the high standard I set for myself, I often looked at myself with furious discontent. Fyodor Dostoevsky, Notes from Underground

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, Crime and Punishment

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 Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

If at least I had solved my problems! Oh, I had not settled one of them, and how many they were! But I gave up caring about anything, and all the problems disappeared. Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man

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

A dream! What is a dream? And is not our life a dream? Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man

To go wrong in one’s own way is better than to go right in someone else’s. Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment

A man who lies to himself, and believes his own lies become unable to recognize truth, either in himself or in anyone else, and he ends up losing respect for himself and for others. When he has no respect for anyone, he can no longer love, and, in order to divert himself, having no love in him, he yields to his impulses, indulges in the lowest forms of pleasure, and behaves in the end like an animal. And it all comes from lying – lying to others and to yourself. Fyodor Dostoevsky

The chief thing is to love others like yourself, that’s the great thing, and that’s everything; nothing else is wanted. Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man

What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love. Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

To live without Hope is to Cease to live. Fyodor Dostoevsky

People really do like seeing their best friends humiliated; a large part of the friendship is based on humiliation; and that is an old truth, well known to all intelligent people. Fyodor Dostoevsky

Oh, how hard it is to be the only one who knows the truth! Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man

I say let the world go to hell, but I should always have my tea. Fyodor Dostoevsky, Notes from Underground

Intelligence alone is not nearly enough when it comes to acting wisely. Fyodor Dostoevsky

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

I saw clearly that so long as I was still a human being and not nothingness, I was alive and so could suffer, be angry and feel shame at my actions. Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man

Man only likes to count his troubles; he doesn’t calculate his happiness. Fyodor Dostoevsky, Notes from Underground, White Nights, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man, and Selections from The House of the Dead

The soul is healed by being with children. Fyodor Dostoevsky

There is immeasurably more left inside than what comes out in words. Fyodor Dostoevsky

When I look back on my past and think how much time I wasted on nothing, how much time has been lost in futilities, errors, laziness, incapacity to live; how little I appreciated it, how many times I sinned against my heart and soul-then my heart bleeds. Life is a gift, life is happiness, every minute can be an eternity of happiness. Fyodor Dostoevsky

Is there suffering upon this new earth? On our earth we can only love with suffering and through suffering. We cannot love otherwise, and we know of no other sort of love. Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man

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

The genuine realist, if he is an unbeliever, will always find strength and ability to disbelieve in the miraculous, and if he is confronted with a miracle as an irrefutable fact he would rather disbelieve his own senses than admit the fact. Fyodor Dostoevsky, Brothers Karamazov

Nothing is more seductive for a man than his freedom of conscience, but nothing is a greater cause of suffering. Fyodor Dostoevsky

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

I am told that I am vague and confused, and if I am vague and confused now, what shall I be later on? Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man

I love mankind, he said, “but I find to my amazement that the more I love mankind as a whole, the less I love man in particular. Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

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

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

Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. Once you perceive it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day. And you will come at last to love the whole world with an all-embracing love. Fyodor Dostoevsky

I lifted up my hands and called upon eternal truth, not with words but with tears. Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man

It is not possible to eat me without insisting that I sing praises of my devourer? Fyodor Dostoevsky

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

It is better to be unhappy and know the worst than to be happy in a fool’s paradise. Fyodor Dostoevsky

And of course I shall make many blunders before I find out how to preach, that is, find out what words to say, what things to do, for it is a very difficult task. I see all that as clear as daylight, but, listen, who does not make mistakes? Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man

People speak sometimes about the “bestial” cruelty of man, but that is terribly unjust and offensive to beasts, no animal could ever be so cruel as a man, so artfully, so artistically cruel. Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Man only likes to count his troubles, but he does not count his joys. Fyodor Dostoevsky

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 Dostoyevsky

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

Dreams seem to be spurred on not by reason but by desire, not by the head but by the heart, and yet what complicated tricks my reason has played sometimes in dreams, what utterly incomprehensible things happen to it! Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man

It takes something more than intelligence to act intelligently. Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

The formula ‘Two and two make five’ is not without its attractions. Fyodor Dostoevsky

The more I detest men individually the more ardent becomes my love for humanity. Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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

I have seen the truth; I have seen and I know that people can be beautiful and happy without losing the power of living on earth. I will not and cannot believe that evil is the normal condition of mankind. Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man

Talking nonsense is the sole privilege mankind possesses over the other organisms. It’s by talking nonsense that one gets to the truth! I talk nonsense, therefore I’m human. Fyodor Dostoevsky, Notes from Underground, White Nights, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man, and Selections from The House of the Dead

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

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

People speak sometimes about the “bestial” cruelty of man, but that is terribly unjust and offensive to beasts, no animal could ever be so cruel as a man, so artfully, so artistically cruel. Fyodor Dostoevsky

Dreams, as we all know, are very queer things: some parts are presented with appalling vividness, with details worked up with the elaborate finish of jewellery, while others one gallops through, as it were, without noticing them at all, as, for instance, through space and time. Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man

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

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

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

For instance, a strange reflection suddenly occurred to me, that if I had lived before on the moon or on Mars and there had committed the most disgraceful and dishonourable action and had there been put to such shame and ignominy as one can only conceive and realise in dreams, in nightmares, and if, finding myself afterwards on earth, I were able to retain the memory of what I had done on the other planet and at the same time knew that I should never, under any circumstances, return there, then looking from the earth to the moon-should I care or not? Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man

But how could you live and have no story to tell? Fyodor Dostoevsky, White Nights

If there is no God, everything is permitted. Fyodor Dostoevsky

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

You can be sincere and still be stupid. Fyodor Dostoevsky

If once one has recognised the truth and seen it, you know that it is the truth and that there is no other and there cannot be, whether you are asleep or awake. Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment

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

To be in love is not the same as loving. You can be in love with a woman and still hate her. Fyodor Dostoevsky

I suddenly felt that it was all the same to me whether the world existed or whether there had never been anything at all: I began to feel with all my being that there was nothing existing. Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man

The world says: “You have needs — satisfy them. You have as much right as the rich and the mighty. Don’t hesitate to satisfy your needs; indeed, expand your needs and demand more.” This is the worldly doctrine of today. And they believe that this is freedom. The result for the rich is isolation and suicide, for the poor, envy and murder. Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

The greatest happiness is to know the source of unhappiness. Fyodor Dostoevsky

If God does not exist, then everything is permissible. Fyodor Dostoevsky

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

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

What man wants is simply independent choice, whatever that independence may cost and wherever it may lead. Fyodor Dostoevsky

Nothing is easier than to denounce the evildoer; nothing is more difficult than to understand him. Fyodor Dostoevsky

You see, though nothing mattered to me, I could feel pain, for instance. If any one had struck me it would have hurt me. It was the same morally: if anything very pathetic happened, I should have felt pity just as I used to do in old days when there were things in life that did matter to me. Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man

The cleverest of all, in my opinion, is the man who calls himself a fool at least once a month. Fyodor Dostoevsky

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 Dostoyevsky

Yes, that’s right… love should come before logic … Only then will man come to understand the meaning of life. Fyodor Dostoevsky

I love all those who laugh at me more than any of the rest. Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man

To love someone means to see them as God intended them. Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Man, so long as he remains free, has no more constant and agonizing anxiety than find as quickly as possible someone to worship. Fyodor Dostoevsky

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 Dostoyevsky

For broad understanding and deep feeling, you need pain and suffering. Fyodor Dostoevsky

And yet, you know, all are making for the same goal, all are striving in the same direction anyway, from the sage to the lowest robber, only by different roads. Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man

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

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. Fyodor Dostoevsky

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

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

I have always been ridiculous, and I have known it, perhaps, from the hour I was born. Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man

Right or wrong, it’s very pleasant to break something from time to time. Fyodor Dostoevsky

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

I am strongly convinced that not only too much consciousness but even any consciousness at all is a sickness. Fyodor Dostoevsky

Wealth is the number of things one can do without. Fyodor Dostoevsky

I am a sick man…. I am a spiteful man. I am an unattractive man. Fyodor Dostoevsky, Notes from Underground

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. Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

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

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

If everything on earth were rational, nothing would happen. Fyodor Dostoevsky

The awful thing is that beauty is mysterious as well as terrible. God and the devil are fighting there and the battlefield is the heart of man. Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

Realists do not fear the results of their study. Fyodor Dostoevsky

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

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. Fyodor Dostoevsky

When reason fails, the devil helps! Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment

Man is sometimes extraordinarily, passionately, in love with suffering… Fyodor Dostoevsky

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

The more you succeed in loving, the more you’ll be convinced at the existence of God and the immortality of your soul. Fyodor Dostoevsky

Whoever has experienced the power and the unrestrained ability to humiliate another human being automatically loses his own sensations. Tyranny is a habit, it has its own organic life, it develops finally into a disease. The habit can kill and coarsen the very best man or woman to the level of a beast. Blood and power intoxicate … the return of the human dignity, repentance and regeneration becomes almost impossible. Fyodor Dostoevsky

We’re always thinking of eternity as an idea that cannot be understood, something immense. But why must it be? What if, instead of all this, you suddenly find just a little room there, something like a village bath-house, grimy, and spiders in every corner, and that’s all eternity is. Sometimes, you know, I can’t help feeling that that’s what it is. Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment

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

A hundred suspicions don’t make a proof. Fyodor Dostoevsky

I did not bow down to you, I bowed down to all the suffering of humanity. Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment

It is not the brains that matter most, but that which guides them — the character, the heart, generous qualities, progressive ideas. Fyodor Dostoevsky

Lamentations comfort only by lacerating the heart still more. Such grief does not desire consolation. It feeds on the sense of its hopelessness. Lamentations spring only from the constant craving to re-open the wound. Fyodor Dostoevsky

And the more I drink the more I feel it. That’s why I drink too. I try to find sympathy and feeling in drink…. I drink so that I may suffer twice as much! Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment

But as soon as he had uttered his foolish tirade, he felt he had been talking absurd nonsense, and at once longed to prove to his audience, and above all to himself, that he had not been talking nonsense. Fyodor Dostoevsky, Brothers Karamazov

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