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“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 Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov
“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 Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment
“What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov
“The darker the night, the brighter the stars,
The deeper the grief, the closer is God!”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment
“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 Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground
“Man only likes to count his troubles; he doesn't calculate his happiness.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground
“I say let the world go to hell, but I should always have my tea.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground
“To go wrong in one's own way is better then to go right in someone else's.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment
“The soul is healed by being with children.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“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
“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
“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
“But how could you live and have no story to tell?”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, White Nights and Other Stories
“Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“Right or wrong, it's very pleasant to break something from time to time.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment
“Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“I am a dreamer. I know so little of real life that I just can't help re-living such moments as these in my dreams, for such moments are something I have very rarely experienced. I am going to dream about you the whole night, the whole week, the whole year. I feel I know you so well that I couldn't have known you better if we'd been friends for twenty years. You won't fail me, will you? Only two minutes, and you've made me happy forever. Yes, happy. Who knows, perhaps you've reconciled me with myself, resolved all my doubts.

When I woke up it seemed to me that some snatch of a tune I had known for a long time, I had heard somewhere before but had forgotten, a melody of great sweetness, was coming back to me now. It seemed to me that it had been trying to emerge from my soul all my life, and only now-

If and when you fall in love, may you be happy with her. I don't need to wish her anything, for she'll be happy with you. May your sky always be clear, may your dear smile always be bright and happy, and 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 Dostoyevsky, White Nights and Other Stories
“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 Dostoyevsky
“It takes something more than intelligence to act intelligently.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment
“To love someone means to see them as God intended them.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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“Man is sometimes extraordinarily, passionately, in love with suffering...”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“You can be sincere and still be stupid.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“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.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“It is not the brains that matter most, but that which guides them — the character, the heart, generous qualities, progressive ideas.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“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 Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov
“I swear to you gentlemen, that to be overly conscious is a sickness, a real, thorough sickness.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground
“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 mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov
“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 Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

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