Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quotes

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It seems, in fact, as though the second half of a man's life is usually made up of nothing but the habits he has accumulated during the first half.


If there is no God, everything is permissible.
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In order to act wisely it is not enough to be wise.
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Neither man nor nation can exist without a sublime idea.


Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others.
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Man is unhappy because he doesn't know he's happy. It's only that.
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Man is a pliable animal, a being who gets accustomed to everything!
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It is not miracles that generate faith, but faith that generates miracles.

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The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The secret of man's being is not only to live but to have something to live for.

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When he has lost all hope, all object in life, man becomes a monster in his misery.


Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid.

communication speak your mind unhappiness

Originality and a feeling of one's own dignity are achieved only through work and struggle.


If you can put the question, "Am I or am I not responsible for my acts" then you are responsible.


Until you have become really, in actual fact, a brother to every one, brotherhood will not come to pass.
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How many ideas have there been in the history of the human race that were unthinkable ten years before they appeared?
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Yes, that's right . . . love should come before logic . . . Only then will man come to understand the meaning of life.
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Inventors and men of genius have almost always been regarded as fools at the beginning — and very often at the end — of their careers.
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Without some goal and some effort to reach it, no man can live.  When he has lost all hope, all object in life, man becomes a monster in his misery.


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.

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Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys.  If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.


Money is coined liberty, and so it is ten times dearer to the man who is deprived of freedom. If money is jingling in his pocket, he is half consoled, even though he cannot spend it.

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All is in a man's hands and he lets it all slip from cowardice, that's an axiom.  It would be interesting to know what it is men are most afraid of.  Taking a new step, uttering a new word is what they fear most.

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Above all, do not lie to yourself. A man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point where he does not discern any truth either in himself or anywhere around him, and thus falls into disrespect towards himself and others.

lying self-deception

To crush, to annihilate a man utterly, to inflict on him the most terrible of punishments so that the most ferocious murderer would shudder at it and dread it beforehand, one need only give him work of an absolutely, completely useless and irrational character.


When I look back on my past and think how much time I wasted on nothing, how much time has been lost in futilities, errors, laziness, incapacity to live; how little I appreciated it, how many times I sinned against my heart and soul-then my heart bleeds. Life is a gift, life is happiness, every minute can be an eternity of happiness.
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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