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Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes: "Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on earth."

Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on earth.




Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes: "If you wish to glimpse inside a human soul and get to know a man ... just watch him laugh. If he laughs well, he's a good man."

If you wish to glimpse inside a human soul and get to know a man ... just watch him laugh. If he laughs well, he's a good man.




Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes: "Learning to love is hard and we pay dearly for it. It takes hard work and a long apprenticeship, for it is not just for a moment that we must learn to love, but forever."

Learning to love is hard and we pay dearly for it. It takes hard work and a long apprenticeship, for it is not just for a moment that we must learn to love, but forever.



Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes: "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."

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 Dostoevsky Quotes: "It is better to be unhappy and know the worst, than to be happy in a fool's paradise."

It is better to be unhappy and know the worst, than to be happy in a fool's paradise.



Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes: "Nothing is easier than to denounce the evildoer; nothing is more difficult than to understand him."

Nothing is easier than to denounce the evildoer; nothing is more difficult than to understand him.



Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes: "I think the devil doesn't exist, but man has created him, he has created him in his own image and likeness."

I think the devil doesn't exist, but man has created him, he has created him in his own image and likeness.




Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes: "Don’t be overwise; fling yourself straight into life, without deliberation; don’t be afraid - the flood will bear you to the bank and set you safe on your feet again."

Don’t be overwise; fling yourself straight into life, without deliberation; don’t be afraid - the flood will bear you to the bank and set you safe on your feet again.



Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes: "The most offensive is not their lying - one can always forgive lying - lying is a delightful thing, for it leads to truth - what is offensive is that they lie and worship their own lying."

The most offensive is not their lying - one can always forgive lying - lying is a delightful thing, for it leads to truth - what is offensive is that they lie and worship their own lying.



Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes: "Destroy my desires, eradicate my ideals, show me something better, and I will follow you."

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



Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes: "If everything on earth were rational, nothing would happen."

If everything on earth were rational, nothing would happen.



Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes: "Perhaps I really regard myself as an intelligent man only because throughout my entire life I've never been able to start or finish anything."

Perhaps I really regard myself as an intelligent man only because throughout my entire life I've never been able to start or finish anything.




Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes: "The more you succeed in loving, the more you'll be convinced at the existence of God and the immortality of your soul."

The more you succeed in loving, the more you'll be convinced at the existence of God and the immortality of your soul.



Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes: "Man has it all in his hands, and it all slips through his fingers from sheer cowardice."

Man has it all in his hands, and it all slips through his fingers from sheer cowardice.



Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes: "She looked much younger than her age, indeed, which is almost always the case with women who retain serenity of spirit, sensitiveness and pure sincere warmth of heart to old age."

She looked much younger than her age, indeed, which is almost always the case with women who retain serenity of spirit, sensitiveness and pure sincere warmth of heart to old age.



Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes: "Man is sometimes extraordinarily, passionately, in love with suffering."

Man is sometimes extraordinarily, passionately, in love with suffering.



Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes: "A society should be judged not by how it treats its outstanding citizens but by how it treats its criminals."

A society should be judged not by how it treats its outstanding citizens but by how it treats its criminals.



Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes: "Only through suffering can we find ourselves."

Only through suffering can we find ourselves.



Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes: "The greatest happiness is to know the source of unhappiness."

The greatest happiness is to know the source of unhappiness.



Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes: "The more incompetent one feels, the more eager he is to fight."

The more incompetent one feels, the more eager he is to fight.



Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes: "The man who is happy is fulfilling the purpose of existence"

The man who is happy is fulfilling the purpose of existence



Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes: "The cleverest of all, in my opinion, is the man who calls himself a fool at least once a month."

The cleverest of all, in my opinion, is the man who calls himself a fool at least once a month.



Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes: "I believe there is no one deeper, lovelier, more sympathetic and more perfect than Jesus."

I believe there is no one deeper, lovelier, more sympathetic and more perfect than Jesus.



Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes: "I gave up caring about anything, and all the problems disappeared."

I gave up caring about anything, and all the problems disappeared.



Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes: "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."

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 Dostoevsky Quotes: "Only one thing matters, one thing; to be able to dare!"

Only one thing matters, one thing; to be able to dare!



Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes: "They tease me now, telling me it was only a dream. But does it matter whether it was a dream or reality, if the dream made known to me the truth?"

They tease me now, telling me it was only a dream. But does it matter whether it was a dream or reality, if the dream made known to me the truth?



Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes: "The world will be saved by beauty."

The world will be saved by beauty.



Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes: "What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything? Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most."

What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything? Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.



Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes: "Deprived of meaningful work, men and women lose their reason for existence; they go stark, raving mad."

Deprived of meaningful work, men and women lose their reason for existence; they go stark, raving mad.



Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes: "It seems, in fact, as though the second half of a man's life is made up of nothing, but the habits he has accumulated during the first half."

It seems, in fact, as though the second half of a man's life is made up of nothing, but the habits he has accumulated during the first half.



Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes: "I believe the best definition of man is the ungrateful biped."

I believe the best definition of man is the ungrateful biped.



Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes: "My friend, the truth is always implausible, did you know that? To make the truth more plausible, it's absolutely necessary to mix a bit of falsehood with it. People have always done so."

My friend, the truth is always implausible, did you know that? To make the truth more plausible, it's absolutely necessary to mix a bit of falsehood with it. People have always done so.



Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes: "You will burn and you will burn out; you will be healed and come back again."

You will burn and you will burn out; you will be healed and come back again.



Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes: "From a hundred rabbits you can't make a horse."

From a hundred rabbits you can't make a horse.



Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes: "There is immeasurably more left inside than what comes out in words."

There is immeasurably more left inside than what comes out in words.



Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes: "He who masters the grey everyday is a hero."

He who masters the grey everyday is a hero.



Fyodor Dostoevsky 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."

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 Dostoevsky Quotes: "My soul bleeds and the blood steadily, silently, disturbingly slowly, swallows me whole."

My soul bleeds and the blood steadily, silently, disturbingly slowly, swallows me whole.



Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes: "The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons."

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



Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes: "I am a sick man...I am a spiteful man. An unattractive man. I think that my liver hurts."

I am a sick man...I am a spiteful man. An unattractive man. I think that my liver hurts.



Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes: "There is nothing higher and stronger and more wholesome and useful for life in later years than some good memory, especially a memory connected with childhood, with home."

There is nothing higher and stronger and more wholesome and useful for life in later years than some good memory, especially a memory connected with childhood, with home.



Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes: "To be in love is not the same as loving. You can be in love with a woman and still hate her."

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



Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes: "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 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.



Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes: "If God does not exist, then everything is permissible."

If God does not exist, then everything is permissible.



Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes: "A real gentleman, even if he loses everything he owns, must show no emotion. Money must be so far beneath a gentleman that it is hardly worth troubling about."

A real gentleman, even if he loses everything he owns, must show no emotion. Money must be so far beneath a gentleman that it is hardly worth troubling about.



Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes: "And if there's love, you can do without happiness too. Even with sorrow, life is sweet."

And if there's love, you can do without happiness too. Even with sorrow, life is sweet.



Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes: "Wealth is the number of things one can do without."

Wealth is the number of things one can do without.



Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes: "Faith does not, in the realist, spring from the miracle but the miracle from the faith."

Faith does not, in the realist, spring from the miracle but the miracle from the faith.