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    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.
    — Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    tags: living 
     
    It is not the brains that matter most, but that which guides them - the character, the heart, generous qualities, progressive ideas.
    — Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    I swear to you gentlemen, that to be overly conscious is a sickness, a real, thorough sickness.
    — Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    tags: conscious  real 
     
    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.
    — Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    tags: beauty  men  heart  devil  fighting  god 
     
    Man is sometimes extraordinarily, passionately, in love with suffering...
    — Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    tags: men  suffering 
     
    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
    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
    tags: time  men  mystery  human 
     
    To love someone means to see them as God intended them.
    — Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    tags: god 
     
    Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery.
    — Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    tags: truth  world 
     
    Right or wrong, it's very pleasant to break something from time to time.
    — Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    tags: time  right  wrong 
     
    The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.
    — Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    tags: live  mystery  lies  human  existence 
     
    Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid.
    — Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    tags: world 
     
    But how could you live and have no story to tell?
    — Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    tags: live  stories 
     
    It takes something more than intelligence to act intelligently.
    — Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    tags: intelligence 
     
    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
    tags: people 
     
    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
    tags: animals  men  people  cruelty 
     
    The soul is healed by being with children.
    — Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    tags: children  soul  child 
     
    I say let the world go to hell, but I should always have my tea.
    — Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    tags: world  hell 
     
    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
    tags: human  mankind 
     
    Man only likes to count his troubles; he doesn't calculate his happiness.
    — Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    tags: happiness  men 
     
    The darker the night, the brighter the stars, The deeper the grief, the closer is God!
    — Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    tags: grief  star  night 
     
    What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love.
    — Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    tags: suffering 
     
    The greatest happiness is to know the source of unhappiness.
    — Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    tags: happiness 
     
    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.
    — Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    tags: world 
     
    I did not bow down to you, I bowed down to all the suffering of humanity.
    — 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.
    — Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    tags: men  hero  fools 
     
    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 Dostoyevsky
    tags: moment 
     
    This is my last message to you: in sorrow, seek happiness.
    — Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    tags: happiness  sorrow 
     
    When reason fails, the devil helps!
    — Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    tags: devil  fail 
     
    My God, a moment of bliss. Why, isn't that enough for a whole lifetime?
    — Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    tags: moment  god 
     
    Love in action is a harsh and dreadful thing compared to love in dreams.
    — Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    tags: action  dreams 
     
    I am alone, I thought, and they are everybody.
    — Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    tags: thoughts  alone 
     
    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
    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.
    — Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    tags: men  opinion  fools 
     
    It is better to be unhappy and know the worst, than to be happy in a fool's paradise.
    — Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    tags: fools 
     
    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.
    — Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    tags: people  afraid 
     
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