Fyodor Dostoevsky

#30194 Fyodor Dostoevsky

It is not as athat I believe and confess. My hosanna isof a furnace of . .

Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes about believe
#30195 Fyodor Dostoevsky

To study theofand of— I am making significanthere. I havein myself. Man is a mystery: if you spend your entire life trying to puzzle it out, then do not say that you have wasted your time. I occupy myself with this mystery, because I want to be a man. .

Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes about life
#30196 Fyodor Dostoevsky

If anyone could prove to me thatis outside the , and if the truth really did exclude Christ, I should prefer to stay with Christ and not with truth. .

Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes about truth
#30197 Fyodor Dostoevsky

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

Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes about society
#30198 Fyodor Dostoevsky

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

Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes about believe
#30199 Fyodor Dostoevsky

The second half of a man's life is made up of nothing but the habits he has acquired during the first half. .

Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes about life
#30200 Fyodor Dostoevsky

Russia was a slave in Europe but would be a master in Asia. .

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#30201 Fyodor Dostoevsky

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. .

Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes about self
#30203 Fyodor Dostoevsky

The characteristics of our romantics are to understand everything, to see everything and to see it often incomparably more clearly than our most realistic minds see it... .

Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes about mind
#30204 Fyodor Dostoevsky

I am a sick man… I am a wicked man. An unattractive man. .

Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes about man
#30205 Fyodor Dostoevsky

...что слишком сознавать — это болезнь, настоящая, полная болезнь. .

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#30206 Fyodor Dostoevsky

Above all, do not lie to yourself. A man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point where he does not discern any truth either in himself or anywhere around him, and thus falls into disrespect towards himself and others. .

Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes about truth
#30207 Fyodor Dostoevsky

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

Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes about man
#30208 Fyodor Dostoevsky

When… in the course of all these thousands of years has man ever acted in accordance with his own interests? .

Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes about man
#30209 Fyodor Dostoevsky

The formula 'two plus two equals five' is not without its attractions. .

Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes about action
#30210 Fyodor Dostoevsky

Yes — you, you alone must pay for everything because you turned up like this, because I'm a scoundrel, because I'm the nastiest, most ridiculous, pettiest, stupidest, and most envious worm of all those living on earth who're no better than me in any way, but who, the devil knows why, never get embarrassed, while all my life I have to endure insults from every louse — that's my fate. What do I care that you do not understand any of this? .

Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes about life
#30211 Fyodor Dostoevsky

I could never stand more than three months of dreaming at a time without feeling an irresistible desire to plunge into society. To plunge into society meant to visit my superior, Anton Antonich Syetochkin. He was the the only permanent acquaintance I have had in my life, and I even wonder at the fact myself now. But I even went to see him only when that phase came over me, and when my dreams had reached such a point of bliss that it became essential to embrace my fellows and all mankind immediately. And for that purpose I needed at least one human being at hand who actually existed. I had to call on Anton Antonich, however, on Tuesday — his at-home day; so I always had to adjust my passionate desire to embrace humanity so that it might fall on a Tuesday. .

Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes about life
#30212 Fyodor Dostoevsky

Every man has some reminiscences which he would not tell to everyone, but only to his friends. He has others which he would not reveal even to his friends, but only to himself, and that in secret. But finally there are still others which a man is even afraid to tell himself, and every decent man has a considerable number of such things stored away. That is, one can even say that the more decent he is, the greater the number of such things in his mind. .

Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes about mind
#30214 Fyodor Dostoevsky

It was not only that I could not become spiteful, I did not know how to become anything; neither spiteful nor kind, neither a rascal nor an honest man, neither a hero nor an insect. Now, I am living out my life in my corner, taunting myself with the spiteful and useless consolation that an intelligent man cannot become anything seriously, and it is only the fool who becomes anything. .

Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes about life
#30215 Fyodor Dostoevsky

Granted I am a babbler, a harmless vexatious babbler, like all of us. But what is to be done if the direct and sole vocation of every intelligent man is babble, that is, the intentional pouring of water through a sieve? .

Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes about man
#30216 Fyodor Dostoevsky

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 Quotes about time
#30217 Fyodor Dostoevsky

And what is it in us that is mellowed by civilization? All it does, I’d say, is to develop in man a capacity to feel a greater variety of sensations. And nothing, absolutely nothing else. And through this development, man will yet learn how to enjoy bloodshed. Why, it has already happened . . . . Civilization has made man, if not always more bloodthirsty, at least more viciously, more horribly bloodthirsty. .

Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes about joy
#30218 Fyodor Dostoevsky

All writers, not ours alone but foreigners also, who have sought to represent Absolute Beauty, were unequal to the task, for it is an infinitely difficult one. The beautiful is the ideal ; but ideals, with us as in civilized Europe, have long been wavering. There is in the world only one figure of absolute beauty: . That infinitely lovely figure is, as a matter of course, an infinite marvel. .

Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes about love
#30219 Fyodor Dostoevsky

And now once again I asked myself the question: do I love her? And once more I could not answer, that is to say, again, for the hundreth time, I answered that I hated her. .

Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes about love
#30220 Fyodor Dostoevsky

Is it really not possible to touch the gaming table without being instantly infected by superstition? .

Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes about wit
#30222 Fyodor Dostoevsky

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. .

Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes about fear
#30223 Fyodor Dostoevsky

Accept suffering and achieve atonement through it — that is what you must do. .

Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes about men
#30224 Fyodor Dostoevsky

Man grows used to everything, the scoundrel. .

Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes about man
#30225 Fyodor Dostoevsky

Talking nonsense is man's only privilege that distinguishes him from all other organisms. .

Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes about man
#30226 Fyodor Dostoevsky

"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 Quotes about people
#30227 Fyodor Dostoevsky

Do a man dirt, yourself you hurt. .

Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes about self
#30228 Fyodor Dostoevsky

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

Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes about truth
#30230 Fyodor Dostoevsky

If not reason, then the devil. .

Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes about evil
#30231 Fyodor Dostoevsky

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 Quotes about intelligence
#30232 Fyodor Dostoevsky

It's life that matters, nothing but life — the process of discovering, the everlasting and perpetual process, not the discovery itself, at all. .

Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes about life
#30233 Fyodor Dostoevsky

Inventors and geniuses have almost always been looked on as no better than fools at the beginning of their career, and very frequently at the end of it also. .

Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes about genius
#30234 Fyodor Dostoevsky

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

Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes about art
#30236 Fyodor Dostoevsky

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 Quotes about time
#30237 Fyodor Dostoevsky

To kill someone for committing murder is a punishment incomparably worse than the crime itself. Murder by legal sentence is immeasurably more terrible than murder by brigands. .

Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes about men
#30238 Fyodor Dostoevsky

There are two sorts of mind: one that matters, and one that doesn't matter. .

Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes about mind
#30240 Fyodor Dostoevsky

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

Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes about art
#30241 Fyodor Dostoevsky

It was evident that he revived by fits and starts. He would suddenly come to himself from actual delirium for a few minutes; he would remember and talk with complete consciousness, chiefly in disconnected phrases which he had perhaps thought out and learnt by heart in the long weary hours of his illness, in his bed, in sleepless solitude. .

Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes about art
#30243 Fyodor Dostoevsky

To achieve perfection, one must first begin by not understanding many things! And if we understand too quickly, we may not understand well. .

Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes about understanding
#30244 Fyodor Dostoevsky

I consider you the most honest and truthful of men, more honest and truthful than anyone; and if they say that your mind . . . that is, that you're sometimes afflicted in your mind, it's unjust. I made up my mind about that, and disputed with others, because, though you really are mentally afflicted (you won't be angry with that, of course; I'm speaking from a higher point of view), yet the mind that matters is better in you than in any of them. It's something, in fact, they have never dreamed of. For there are two sorts of mind: one that matters, and one that doesn't matter. .

Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes about truth
#30245 Fyodor Dostoevsky

The prince says that the world will be saved by beauty! And I maintain that the reason he has such playful ideas is that he is in love. .

Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes about love
#30246 Fyodor Dostoevsky

I have never in my life met a man like him for noble simplicity, and boundless truthfulness. I understood from the way he talked that anyone who chose could deceive him, and that he would forgive anyone afterwards who had deceived him, and that was why I grew to love him. .

Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes about love
#30247 Fyodor Dostoevsky

Humiliate the reason and distort the soul... .

Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes about soul
#30248 Fyodor Dostoevsky

Nor is there any embarrassment in the fact that we're ridiculous, isn't it true? For it's actually so, we are ridiculous, light-minded, with bad habits, we're bored, we don't know how to look, how to understand, we're all like that, all, you, and I, and they! Now, you're not offended when I tell you to your face that you're ridiculous? And if so, aren't you material? You know, in my opinion it's sometimes even good to be ridiculous, if not better: we can the sooner forgive each other, the sooner humble ourselves; we can't understand everything at once, we cant start right out with perfection! To achieve perfection, one must first begin by not understanding many things! And if we understand too quickly, we may not understand well. This I tell you, you, who have already been able to understand. .. and not understand ... so much. I'm not afraid for you now; .

Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes about time
#30249 Fyodor Dostoevsky

Who consciously throws himself into the water or onto the knife? .

Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes about self
#30251 Fyodor Dostoevsky

Pass by us, and forgive us our happiness. .

Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes about happiness

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