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Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes


A Russian writer, essayist and philosopher, known for his novels Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov.
(1821 - 1881)

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A fool with a heart and no sense is just as unhappy as a fool with sense and no heart.
[Fools]
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A real gentleman, even if he loses everything he owns, must show no emotion. Money must be so far beneath a gentleman that it is hardly worth troubling about.
[Gentleman]
 

Accept suffering and achieve atonement through it - that is what you must do.
[Suffering]
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Beauty is mysterious as well as terrible. God and devil are fighting there, and the battlefield is the heart of man.
[Beauty]
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Deprived of meaningful work, men and women lose their reason for existence; they go stark, raving mad.
[Work]
 

Happiness does not lie in happiness, but in the achievement of it.
[Happiness]
 

If not reason, then the devil.
[Reason]
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If there is no God, everything is permitted.
[Morality]
 

If you were to destroy the belief in immortality in mankind, not only love but every living force on which the continuation of all life in the world depended, would dry up at once.
[Immortality]
 

Inventors and geniuses have almost always been looked on as no better than fools at the beginning of their career, and very frequently at the end of it also.
[Genius]
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It is not possible to eat me without insisting that I sing praises of my devourer?
 

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

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.
 

Man only likes to count his troubles, but he does not count his joys.
[Happiness]
 

Man, so long as he remains free, has no more constant and agonizing anxiety than find as quickly as possible someone to worship.
 

Men do not accept their prophets and slay them, but they love their martyrs and worship those whom they have tortured to death.
 

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

Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery.
[Flattery]
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One can know a man from his laugh, and if you like a man's laugh before you know anything of him, you may confidently say that he is a good man.
[Laughter]
 

Power is given only to those who dare to lower themselves and pick it up. Only one thing matters, one thing; to be able to dare!
[Power]
 


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