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People speak sometimes about the "besti*l" 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.
But man is a fickle and disreputable creature and perhaps, like a chess-player, is interested in the process of attaining his goal rather than the goal itself.
Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery.
Power is given only to him who dares to stoop and take it ... one must have the courage to dare.
. . . finally, I couldn't imagine how I could live without books, and I stopped dreaming about marrying that Chinese prince. . . .
Here is a commandment for you: seek happiness in sorrow. Work, work tirelessly.
The soul is healed by being with children.
They have succeeded in accumulating a greater mass of objects, but the joy in the world has grown less.
Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.
Too many riddles weigh men down on earth. We must solve as we can, and try to keep a dry skin in the water.
Intelligence alone is not nearly enough when it comes to acting wisely.
You see, there's a theory current you're insane, or you lean strongly in that direction.
Love in action is a harsh and dreadful thing compared to love in dreams.
Everywhere in these days men have, in their mockery, ceased to understand that the true security is to be found in social solidarity rather than in isolated individual effort.
Change is what people fear most.
If you want to be respected by others the great thing is to respect yourself.
But how could you live and have no story to tell?
In any case, you must remember, my dearest, that the main strength of innocence is innocence itself. farewell.
The fear of appearances is the first symptom of impotence.
To go wrong in one's own way is better than to go right in someone else's.
If they drive God from the earth, we shall shelter Him underground.The Brothers KaramazovMitya (Dmitri) to Aloysha who visits him in prison, Book XI - Ivan, Chapter 4 - A Hymn and a Secret.
Man only likes counting his grief, he doesn't count his happiness. But if he were to count properly, he'd see that there's enough of both lots for him.
Right or wrong, it's very pleasant to break something from time to time.
Everyone must look out for himself, and the best time is had by those who're best able to decieve themselves.
I drink because I wish to multiply my sufferings.
How good life is when one does something good and just!
Ah, Misha, he has a stormy spirit. His mind is in bondage. He is haunted by a great, unsolved doubt. He is one of those who don't want millions, but an answer to their questions.
They suffer, of course... but then they live, they live a real life, not a fantastic one, for suffering is life. Without suffering what would be the pleasure of it?
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.
Man is unhappy because he doesn't know he's happy. It's only that.
Your worst sin is that you have destroyed and betrayed yourself for nothing.
I'm a master of speaking silently—all my life I've spoken silently and I've lived through entire tragedies in silence.
Man does not live by bread alone.
I can't bear the thought that a man of lofty mind and heart begins with the ideal of the Madonna and ends with the ideal of Sodom.
Do you know that I love now to recall and visit at certain dates the places where Iwas once happy in my own way? I love to build up my present in harmony with the irrevocable past...
I love mankind, he said, "but I find to my amazement that the more I love mankind as a whole, the less I love man in particular.
Consciousness is man's greatest misfortune, still I know that man loves it and will not exchange it for any satisfactions.
The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.
The whole work of man really seems to consist in nothing but proving to himself every minute that he is a man and not a piano key.
My sweetheart! When I think of you, it's as if I'm holding some healing balm to my sick soul, and although i suffer for you, i find that even suffering for you is easy.
It is man's unique privilege, among all other organisms. By pursuing falsehood you will arrive at the truth!
The man who has a conscience suffers whilst acknowledging his sin. That is his punishment.
Can you blame me, my dear, for looking on this attachment as a romantic folly inspired by that cursed Shakespeare who will poke his nose where he is not wanted?
Man is a pliant animal a being who gets accustomed to anything.
Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others.
Don’t let us forget that the causes of human actions are usually immeasurably more complex and varied than our subsequent explanations of them.
Equality lies only in human moral dignity. ... Let there be brothers first, then there will be brotherhood, and only then will there be a fair sharing of goods among brothers.
and what shall I have to dream of when I have been so happy in reality beside you!
Why is it that when you awake to the world of realities you nearly always feel, sometimes very vividly, that the vanished dream has carried with it some enigma which you have failed to solve?
It's precisely in despair that you find the most intense pleasure, especially if you are already powerfully conscious of the hopelessness of your predicament.