fyodor dostoyevsky Quotes

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.
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— Fyodor Dostoyevsky
It is not the brains that matter most, but that which guides them - the character, the heart, generous qualities, progressive ideas.
tags: character heart brain ideas quality
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky
I swear to you gentlemen, that to be overly conscious is a sickness, a real, thorough sickness.
tags: conscious real
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky
You can be sincere and still be stupid.
— 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.
tags: beauty men heart devil fighting god
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Man is sometimes extraordinarily, passionately, in love with suffering...
tags: men suffering
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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.
tags: freedom world suicide believe murder right poor envy
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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.
tags: time men mystery human
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky
To love someone means to see them as God intended them.
tags: god
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery.
tags: truth world
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Right or wrong, it's very pleasant to break something from time to time.
tags: time right wrong
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.
tags: live mystery lies human existence
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid.
tags: world
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky
But how could you live and have no story to tell?
tags: live stories
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky
It takes something more than intelligence to act intelligently.
tags: intelligence
— 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.
tags: people
— 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.
tags: animals men people cruelty
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The soul is healed by being with children.
tags: children soul child
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky
I say let the world go to hell, but I should always have my tea.
tags: world hell
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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
tags: human mankind
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Man only likes to count his troubles; he doesn't calculate his happiness.
tags: happiness men
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The darker the night, the brighter the stars, The deeper the grief, the closer is God!
tags: grief star night
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky
What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love.
tags: suffering
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The greatest happiness is to know the source of unhappiness.
tags: happiness
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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 Dostoyevsky
If you want to overcome the whole world, overcome yourself.
tags: world
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky
I did not bow down to you, I bowed down to all the suffering of humanity.
tags: humanity suffering
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky
I could not become anything; neither good nor bad; neither a scoundrel nor an honest man; neither a hero nor an insect. And now I am eking out my days in my corner, taunting myself with the bitter and entirely useless consolation that an intelligent man cannot seriously become anything, that only a fool can become something.
tags: men hero fools
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Killing myself was a matter of such indifference to me that I felt like waiting for a moment when it would make some difference.
tags: moment
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky
This is my last message to you: in sorrow, seek happiness.
tags: happiness sorrow
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky
When reason fails, the devil helps!
tags: devil fail
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky
My God, a moment of bliss. Why, isn't that enough for a whole lifetime?
tags: moment god
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Love in action is a harsh and dreadful thing compared to love in dreams.
tags: action dreams
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky
I am alone, I thought, and they are everybody.
tags: thoughts alone
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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.
tags: reality stupidity intelligence
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Nothing is easier than to denounce the evildoer; nothing is more difficult than to understand him.
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The cleverest of all, in my opinion, is the man who calls himself a fool at least once a month.
tags: men opinion fools
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky
It is better to be unhappy and know the worst, than to be happy in a fool's paradise.
tags: fools
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky
To love is to suffer and there can be no love otherwise.
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Besides, nowadays, almost all capable people are terribly afraid of being ridiculous, and are miserable because of it.
tags: people afraid
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky