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“Beauty will save the world”
Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Idiot
“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, The Idiot
“I think the devil doesn't exist, but man has created him, he has created him in his own image and likeness.”
Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov
“Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment
“It is better to be unhappy and know the worst, than to be happy in a fool's paradise.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Idiot
“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 Dostoyevsky, The Insulted and Humiliated
“To love is to suffer and there can be no love otherwise.”
Fyodor Dostoevsky, Notes from Underground
tags: love
“Besides, nowadays, almost all capable people are terribly afraid of being ridiculous, and are miserable because of it.”
Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov
“Sarcasm: the last refuge of modest and chaste-souled people when the PRIVACY of their soul is coarsely and intrusively invaded.”
Dostoyevsky Fyodor
“This is my last message to you: in sorrow, seek happiness.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov
“Yet, I didn't understand that she was intentionally disguising her feelings with sarcasm; that was usually the last resort of people who are timid and chaste of heart, whose souls have been coarsely and impudently invaded; and who, until the last moment, refuse to yield out of pride and are afraid to express their own feelings to you.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground, White Nights, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man, and Selections from The House of the Dead
“Nothing is easier than to denounce the evildoer; nothing is more difficult than to understand him.”
Fyodor Dostoevsky
“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!”
Fyodor Dostoevsky, White Nights and Other Stories
“The more stupid one is, the closer one is to reality. The more stupid one is, the clearer one is. Stupidity is brief and artless, while intelligence squirms and hides itself. Intelligence is unprincipled, but stupidity is honest and straightforward.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov
“The cleverest of all, in my opinion, is the man who calls himself a fool at least once a month.”
Fyodor Dostoevsky
“I used to analyze myself down to the last thread, used to compare myself with others, recalled all the smallest glances, smiles and words of those to whom I’d tried to be frank, interpreted everything in a bad light, laughed viciously at my attempts ‘to be like the rest’ –and suddenly, in the midst of my laughing, I’d give way to sadness, fall into ludicrous despondency and once again start the whole process all over again – in short, I went round and round like a squirrel on a wheel.”
Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment
“My God, a moment of bliss. Why, isn't that enough for a whole lifetime?”
Fyodor Dostoevsky, White Nights
“When reason fails, the devil helps!”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment
“Love in action is a harsh and dreadful thing compared to love in dreams.”
Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov
tags: love
“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, The Idiot
“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
“I am alone, I thought, and they are everybody.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground, White Nights, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man, and Selections from The House of the Dead
“I did not bow down to you, I bowed down to all the suffering of humanity.”
Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment
“If you want to overcome the whole world, overcome yourself.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Demons
“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, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man
“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 Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov
“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, The Idiot
“You will burn and you will burn out; you will be healed and come back again.”
Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov
“A beast can never be as cruel as a human being, so artistically, so picturesquely cruel.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov
“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


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