Fyodor Dostoevsky quotes
The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.
Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery.
Right or wrong, it's very pleasant to break something from time to time.
Nothing is easier than to denounce the evildoer; nothing is more difficult than to understand him.
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.
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.
The man who has a conscience suffers whilst acknowledging his sin. That is his punishment.
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.
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To go wrong in one's own way is better than to go right in someone else's.
The darker the night, the brighter the stars, The deeper the grief, the closer is God!
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.
Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart.
I love mankind... but I find to my amazement that the more I love mankind as a whole, the less I love a man in particular.
The more stupid one is, the closer one is to reality. The more stupid one is, the clearer one is. Stupidity is brief and artless, while intelligence squirms and hides itself. Intelligence is unprincipled, but stupidity is honest and straightforward.
Power is given only to him who dares to stoop and take it ... one must have the courage to dare.
Lack of originality, everywhere, all over the world, from time immemorial, has always been considered the foremost quality and the recommendation of the active, efficient and practical man.