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Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quotes: "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."

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.




Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quotes: "Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery."

Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery.



Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quotes: "Power is given only to him who dares to stoop and take it ... one must have the courage to dare."

Power is given only to him who dares to stoop and take it ... one must have the courage to dare.



Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quotes: ". . . finally, I couldn't imagine how I could live without books, and I stopped dreaming about marrying that Chinese prince. . . ."

. . . finally, I couldn't imagine how I could live without books, and I stopped dreaming about marrying that Chinese prince. . . .




Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quotes: "Here is a commandment for you: seek happiness in sorrow. Work, work tirelessly."

Here is a commandment for you: seek happiness in sorrow. Work, work tirelessly.



Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quotes: "The soul is healed by being with children."

The soul is healed by being with children.



Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quotes: "They have succeeded in accumulating a greater mass of objects, but the joy in the world has grown less."

They have succeeded in accumulating a greater mass of objects, but the joy in the world has grown less.




Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quotes: "Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most."

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.



Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quotes: "Too many riddles weigh men down on earth. We must solve as we can, and try to keep a dry skin in the water."

Too many riddles weigh men down on earth. We must solve as we can, and try to keep a dry skin in the water.



Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quotes: "Intelligence alone is not nearly enough when it comes to acting wisely."

Intelligence alone is not nearly enough when it comes to acting wisely.



Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quotes: "You see, there's a theory current you're insane, or you lean strongly in that direction."

You see, there's a theory current you're insane, or you lean strongly in that direction.



Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quotes: "Love in action is a harsh and dreadful thing compared to love in dreams."

Love in action is a harsh and dreadful thing compared to love in dreams.




Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quotes: "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."

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.



Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quotes: "Change is what people fear most."

Change is what people fear most.



Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quotes: "If you want to be respected by others the great thing is to respect yourself."

If you want to be respected by others the great thing is to respect yourself.



Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quotes: "But how could you live and have no story to tell?"

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



Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quotes: "In any case, you must remember, my dearest, that the main strength of innocence is innocence itself. farewell."

In any case, you must remember, my dearest, that the main strength of innocence is innocence itself. farewell.



Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quotes: "The fear of appearances is the first symptom of impotence."

The fear of appearances is the first symptom of impotence.



Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quotes: "To go wrong in one's own way is better than to go right in someone else's."

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



Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quotes: "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."

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.



Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quotes: "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."

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.



Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quotes: "Right or wrong, it's very pleasant to break something from time to time."

Right or wrong, it's very pleasant to break something from time to time.



Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quotes: "Everyone must look out for himself, and the best time is had by those who're best able to decieve themselves."

Everyone must look out for himself, and the best time is had by those who're best able to decieve themselves.



Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quotes: "I drink because I wish to multiply my sufferings."

I drink because I wish to multiply my sufferings.



Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quotes: "How good life is when one does something good and just!"

How good life is when one does something good and just!



Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quotes: "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."

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.



Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quotes: "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?"

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?



Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quotes: "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."

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.



Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quotes: "Man is unhappy because he doesn't know he's happy. It's only that."

Man is unhappy because he doesn't know he's happy. It's only that.



Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quotes: "Your worst sin is that you have destroyed and betrayed yourself for nothing."

Your worst sin is that you have destroyed and betrayed yourself for nothing.



Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quotes: "I'm a master of speaking silently—all my life I've spoken silently and I've lived through entire tragedies in silence."

I'm a master of speaking silently—all my life I've spoken silently and I've lived through entire tragedies in silence.



Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quotes: "Man does not live by bread alone."

Man does not live by bread alone.



Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quotes: "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."

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.



Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quotes: "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..."

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...



Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quotes: "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."

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.



Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quotes: "Consciousness is man's greatest misfortune, still I know that man loves it and will not exchange it for any satisfactions."

Consciousness is man's greatest misfortune, still I know that man loves it and will not exchange it for any satisfactions.



Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quotes: "The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for."

The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.



Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quotes: "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."

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.



Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quotes: "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."

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.



Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quotes: "It is man's unique privilege, among all other organisms. By pursuing falsehood you will arrive at the truth!"

It is man's unique privilege, among all other organisms. By pursuing falsehood you will arrive at the truth!



Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quotes: "The man who has a conscience suffers whilst acknowledging his sin. That is his punishment."

The man who has a conscience suffers whilst acknowledging his sin. That is his punishment.



Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quotes: "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?"

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?



Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quotes: "Man is a pliant animal a being who gets accustomed to anything."

Man is a pliant animal a being who gets accustomed to anything.



Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quotes: "Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others."

Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others.



Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quotes: "Don’t let us forget that the causes of human actions are usually immeasurably more complex and varied than our subsequent explanations of them."

Don’t let us forget that the causes of human actions are usually immeasurably more complex and varied than our subsequent explanations of them.



Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quotes: "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."

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.



Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quotes: "and what shall I have to dream of when I have been so happy in reality beside you!"

and what shall I have to dream of when I have been so happy in reality beside you!



Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quotes: "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?"

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?



Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quotes: "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."

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.