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Russian novelist (1821-1881)

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Beauty is a terrible and awful thing! It is terrible because it has not been fathomed, for God sets us nothing but riddles. Here the boundaries meet and all contradictions exist side by side.

FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, The Brothers Karamazov

When there is love, you can live even without happiness.

FYODOR DOSTOYEVSKY, Notes From Underground

Even as I approach the gambling hall, as soon as I hear, two rooms away, the jingle of money poured out on the table, I almost go into convulsions.

FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, The Gambler

Power is given only to those who dare to lower themselves and pick it up. Only one thing matters, one thing; to be able to dare!

FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, Crime and Punishment

What do you think, would not one tiny crime be wiped out by thousands of good deeds?

FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, Crime and Punishment

A cultivated and decent man cannot be vain without setting a fearfully high standard for himself, and without despising and almost hating himself at certain moments.

FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, Notes from Underground

The soul is healed by being with children.

FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, The Idiot

The darker the night, the brighter the stars,
The deeper the grief, the closer is God.

FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, Crime and Punishment

If they drive God from the earth, we shall shelter Him underground.

FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, 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, Bobok

I say let the world go to hell, but I should always have my tea.

FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, Notes from the Underground

The more I love humanity in general, the less I love man in particular.

FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, The Brothers Karamazov

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

FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, Notes from the Underground

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.

FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, The Idiot

But how could you live and have no story to tell?

FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, White Nights

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If not reason, then the devil.

FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, Crime and Punishment

Dreams, as we all know, are very queer things: some parts are presented with appalling vividness, with details worked up with the elaborate finish of jewellery, while others one gallops through, as it were, without noticing them at all, as, for instance, through space and time. Dreams seem to be spurred on not by reason but by desire, not by the head but by the heart, and yet what complicated tricks my reason has played sometimes in dreams, what utterly incomprehensible things happen to it!

FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man

The fear of appearances is the first symptom of impotence.

FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, Crime and Punishment

To go wrong in one's own way is better then to go right in someone else's.

FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, Crime and Punishment

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.

FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, letter, 1839, attributed in Dostoevsky: His Life and Work (Mochulski)

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

Destroy my desires, eradicate my ideals, show me something better, and I will follow you.

FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, Notes from the Underground

Lying is a delightful thing for it leads to the truth.

FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, Crime and Punishment

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

FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, The Brothers Karamazov

Every man has some reminiscences which he would not tell to everyone, but only to his friends. He has others which he would not reveal even to his friends, but only to himself, and that in secret. But finally there are still others which a man is even afraid to tell himself, and every decent man has a considerable number of such things stored away. That is, one can even say that the more decent he is, the greater the number of such things in his mind.

FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, Notes from the Underground

Civilization has made man, if not always more bloodthirsty, at least more viciously, more horribly bloodthirsty.

FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, Notes from the Underground

Man grows used to everything, the scoundrel.

FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, Crime and Punishment

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

It takes something more than intelligence to act intelligently.

FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, Crime and Punishment

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