All Quotes, Fyodor Dostoevsky

50+ Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes On Life and Literature

Fyodor Dostoevsky was a Rush novelist, short story writer, essayist, and journalist. He was born in Moscow in 1821. He started his career as an engineer with a lavish lifestyle. Poor Folk was his first novel. He was sentenced to death for belonging to a literary group that discussed banned books critical of Tsarist Russia. Though it was commuted at the last moment. He went to jail and stayed imprisoned for four years.

Fyodor Dostoevsky developed a habit of gambling in later life that caused him poverty. He became one of the most read and regarded Russian writers. His works include 12 novels, four novellas, 16 short stories, and numerous other works. He remains one of the most influential writers ever lived as Literary modernism, existentialism, and various schools of psychology, theology, and literary criticism have been profoundly shaped by his ideas.

This is a collection of Fyodor Dostoevsky's Quotes on life, happiness, and the new world.

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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
The fear of appearances is the first symptom of impotence. Fyodor Dostoevsky
Man only likes to count his troubles; he doesn't calculate his happiness. Fyodor Dostoevsky
It takes something more than intelligence to act intelligently. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Above all, don't lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love. Fyodor Dostoevsky
But how could you live and have no story to tell? Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Man is a mystery. It needs to be unravelled, and if you spend your whole life unravelling it, don't say that you've wasted time. I am studying that mystery because I want to be a human being. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The cleverest of all, in my opinion, is the man who calls himself a fool at least once a month. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Right or wrong, it's very pleasant to break something from time to time. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
When reason fails, the devil helps! Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
It is better to be unhappy and know the worst, than to be happy in a fool's paradise. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
This is my last message to you: in sorrow, seek happiness. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons. Fyodor Dostoevsky
To go wrong in one's own way is better than to go right in someone else's. Fyodor Dostoevsky
They were like two enemies in love with one another. Fyodor Dostoevsky
Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others. Fyodor Dostoevsky
Break what must be broken, once for all, that's all, and take the suffering on oneself. Fyodor Dostoevsky
The greatest happiness is to know the source of unhappiness. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The soul is healed by being with children. The soul is healed by being with children. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
It is not the brains that matter most, but that which guides them — the character, the heart, generous qualities, progressive ideas. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The man who has a conscience suffers whilst acknowledging his sin. That is his punishment. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Sarcasm: the last refuge of modest and chaste-souled people when the PRIVACY of their soul is coarsely and intrusively invaded. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Power is given only to him who dares to stoop and take it ... one must have the courage to dare. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Grown-up people do not know that a child can give exceedingly good advice even in the most difficult case. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Be the sun and all will see you. Fyodor Dostoevsky
If you want to overcome the whole world, overcome yourself. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The world says: "You have needs -- satisfy them. You have as much right as the rich and the mighty. Don't hesitate to satisfy your needs; indeed, expand your needs and demand more." This is the worldly doctrine of today. And they believe that this is freedom. The result for the rich is isolation and suicide, for the poor, envy and murder. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Man is sometimes extraordinarily, passionately, in love with suffering. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
You can be sincere and still be stupid. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
If he's honest, he'll steal; if he's human, he'll murder; if he's faithful, he'll deceive. Fyodor Dostoevsky
Everything passes, only truth remains. Fyodor Dostoevsky
It is amazing what one ray of sunshine can do for a man! Fyodor Dostoevsky
A beast can never be as cruel as a human being, so artistically, so picturesquely cruel. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Compassion is the chief law of human existence. Fyodor Dostoevsky
Love a man, even in his sin, for that love is a likeness of the divine love, and is the summit of love on earth. Fyodor Dostoevsky
To think too much is a disease. Fyodor Dostoevsky
Life is paradise, and we are all in paradise, but we refuse to see it. Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Russian soul is a dark place. Fyodor Dostoevsky
For a woman, all resurrection, all salvation, from whatever perdition, lies in love; in fact, it is her only way to it. Fyodor Dostoevsky
The best way to keep a prisoner from escaping is to make sure he never knows he’s in prison. Fyodor Dostoevsky
We are all happy if we but knew it. Fyodor Dostoevsky
Everything will come in due course, if you have the gumption to wait for it. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Lying is a delightful thing for it leads to the truth. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The most monstrous monster is the monster with noble feelings. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
It's the moon that makes it so still, weaving some mystery. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Only to live, to live and live! Life, whatever it may be! Fyodor Dostoevsky
A fool with a heart and no sense is just as unhappy as a fool with sense and no heart. Fyodor Dostoevsky
One can fall in love and still hate. Fyodor Dostoevsky
It's the great mystery of human life that old grief passes gradually into quiet tender joy. Fyodor Dostoevsky

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