Fyodor Dostoyevsky was born 11 November 1821, and died 9 February 1881
- Above all, don’t lie to yourself.
- Beauty is mysterious as well as terrible. God and devil are fighting there, and the battlefield is the heart of man.
- The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.
- Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery.
- You can be sincere and still be stupid.
- Sarcasm: the last refuge of modest and chaste-souled people when the privacy of their soul is coarsely and intrusively invaded.
- Man only likes to count his troubles; he doesn’t calculate his happiness.
- The soul is healed by being with children.
- The cleverest of all, in my opinion, is the man who calls himself a fool at least once a month.
- Deprived of meaningful work, men and women lose their reason for existence; they go stark, raving mad.
- 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.
- To love someone means to see them as God intended them.
- Realists do not fear the results of their study.
- Right or wrong, it’s very pleasant to break something from time to time.
- 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 Dostoyevsky was a Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist and philosopher. His works include Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, and The Brothers Karamazov. He wrote 11 novels, three novellas, and 17 short novels.
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