41 Greatest Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes

41 Greatest Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes

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Fyodor Dostoyevsky was a essayist, philosopher, and novelist from Russia. His work is focuses on human psychology and the trouble in the social and political atmospheres of 19th century Russia. His most famous work is the world famous novel Crime and Punishment. He died in 1881 at the age of 59.

“We don’t know where our first impressions come from or precisely what they mean, so we don’t always appreciate their fragility.”

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

“Every man has some reminiscences which he would not tell to everyone, but only to his friends.”

“Hold your tongue; you won’t understand anything. If there is no God, then I am God.”

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

“I suddenly dreamt that I picked up the revolver and aimed it straight at my heart — my heart, and not my head; and I had determined beforehand to fire at my head, at my right temple. After aiming at my chest I waited a second or two, and suddenly my candle, my table, and the wall in front of me began moving and heaving. I made haste to pull the trigger.”

“If God does not exist, then everything is permitted.”

“If I seem happy to you . . . You could never say anything that would please me more. For men are made for happiness, and anyone who is completely happy has a right to say to himself, ‘I am doing God’s will on earth.’ All the righteous, all the saints, all the holy martyrs were happy.”

“If not reason, then the devil.”

“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.”

“Innovators and men of genius have almost always been regarded as fools at the beginning (and very often at the end) of their careers.”

“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.”

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

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

“It’s the great mystery of human life that old grief passes gradually into quiet tender joy.”

“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…”

“Love a man, even in his sin, for that love is a likeness of the divine love, and is the summit of love on earth..”

“Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others.”

“Man grows used to everything, the scoundrel.”

“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.”

“Man is unhappy because he doesn’t know he’s happy. It’s only that.”

“Neither a person nor a nation can exist without some higher idea. And there is only one higher idea on earth, and it is the idea of the immortality of the human soul, for all other “higher”
ideas of life by which humans might live derive from that idea alone.”

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

“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. I want suffering in order to love. I long, I thirst, this very instant, to kiss with tears the earth that I have left, and I don’t want, I won’t accept life on any other!”

“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.”

“Pass by us, and forgive us our happiness.”

“People talk sometimes of a bestial cruelty, but that’s a great injustice and insult to the beasts; a beast can never be so cruel as a man, so artistically cruel. The tiger only tears and gnaws, that’s all he can do. He would never think of nailing people by the ears, even if he were able to do it.”

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

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

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

“The greatest happiness is to know the source of unhappiness.”

“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.”

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

“The sky was horribly dark, but one could distinctly see tattered clouds, and between them fathomless black patches. Suddenly I noticed in one of these patches a star, and began watching it intently. That was because that star had given me an idea: I decided to kill myself that night.”

“To be acutely conscious is a disease, a real, honest-to-goodness disease.”

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

“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.”

“To study the meaning of man and of life — I am making significant progress here. I have faith in 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.”

“What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love.”

“What terrible tragedies realism inflicts on people.”

“Without some goal and some efforts to reach it, no man can live.”