The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.

— Fyodor Dostoevsky

The most instructive Fyodor Dostoevsky quotes that will activate your desire to change

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.


What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love.

Fyodor Dostoevsky quote Nothing in this world is harder than spe

Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery.


Learning to love is hard and we pay dearly for it.

It takes hard work and a long apprenticeship, for it is not just for a moment that we must learn to love, but forever.

Fyodor Dostoevsky quote I don't know how to be silent when my he

I don't know how to be silent when my heart is speaking.


The soul is healed by being with children.


Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery.


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.

Fyodor Dostoevsky quote To live without hope is to cease to live

To live without hope is to cease to live.


It takes something more than intelligence to act intelligently.


I think the devil doesn't exist, but man has created him, he has created him in his own image and likeness.


It is better to be unhappy and know the worst, than to be happy in a fool's paradise.


The best way to keep a prisoner from escaping is to make sure he never knows he's in prison.


You are told a lot about your education, but some beautiful, sacred memory, preserved since childhood, is perhaps the best education of all. If a man carries many such memories into life with him, he is saved for the rest of his days. And even if only one good memory is left in our hearts, it may also be the instrument of our salvation one day.


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.


About Fyodor Dostoevsky

Quotes 634 sayings
Nationality Russian
Profession Novelist
Birthday November 11, 1821

Don’t be overwise; fling yourself straight into life, without deliberation; don’t be afraid - the flood will bear you to the bank and set you safe on your feet again.


Nothing is easier than to denounce the evildoer; nothing is more difficult than to understand him.


The darker the night, the brighter the stars, The deeper the grief, the closer is God!


The most offensive is not their lying - one can always forgive lying - lying is a delightful thing, for it leads to truth - what is offensive is that they lie and worship their own lying.


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.


Love the animals, love the plants, love everything.

If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. Once you perceive it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day. And you will come at last to love the whole world with an all-embracing love.


Perhaps I really regard myself as an intelligent man only because throughout my entire life I've never been able to start or finish anything.


If everything on earth were rational, nothing would happen.


There is no sin , and there can be no sin on all the earth , which the Lord will not forgive to the truly repentant! Man cannot commit a sin so great as to exhaust the infinite love of God . Can there be a sin which could exceed the love of God?


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.


Man has it all in his hands, and it all slips through his fingers from sheer cowardice.


The more you succeed in loving, the more you'll be convinced at the existence of God and the immortality of your soul.


Man is sometimes extraordinarily, passionately, in love with suffering.


She looked much younger than her age, indeed, which is almost always the case with women who retain serenity of spirit, sensitiveness and pure sincere warmth of heart to old age.


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.


But how could you live and have no story to tell?


Humanity can live without science, it can live without bread, but it cannot live without beauty. Without beauty, there would be nothing left to do in this life. Here the secret lies. Here lies the entire story.


I don't need money, or, better, it's not money that I need;

it's not even power; I need only what is obtained by power and simply cannot be obtained without power: the solitary and calm awareness of strength! That is the fullest definition of freedom, which the world so struggles over!


The cleverest of all, in my opinion, is the man who calls himself a fool at least once a month.


The more incompetent one feels, the more eager he is to fight.


They tease me now, telling me it was only a dream.

But does it matter whether it was a dream or reality, if the dream made known to me the truth?


Reason and Knowledge have always played a secondary, subordinate, auxiliary role in the life of peoples, and this will always be the case. A people is shaped and driven forward by an entirely different kind of force, one which commands and coerces them and the origin of which is obscure and inexplicable despite the reality of its presence.


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


If you love all things, you will also attain the divine mystery that is in all things. For then your ability to perceive the truth will grow every day, and your mind will open itself to an all-embracing love


What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything? Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.


To love is to suffer and there can be no love otherwise.


I believe the best definition of man is the ungrateful biped.


If one wanted to crush and destroy a man entirely, to mete out to him the most terrible punishment, all one would have to do would be to make him do work that was completely and utterly devoid of usefulness and meaning.


My friend, the truth is always implausible, did you know that? To make the truth more plausible, it's absolutely necessary to mix a bit of falsehood with it. People have always done so.


You will burn and you will burn out; you will be healed and come back again.


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.


Above all, avoid falsehood, every kind of falsehood, especially falseness to yourself. Watch over your own deceitfulness and look into it every hour, every minute.


To study the meaning of man and of life — I am making significant progress here. I have faith in myself. Man is a mystery: if you spend your entire life trying to puzzle it out, then do not say that you have wasted your time. I occupy myself with this mystery, because I want to be a man.


There is immeasurably more left inside than what comes out in words.


A cultivated and decent man cannot be vain without setting a fearfully high standard for himself, and without despising and almost hating himself at certain moments.


I can see the sun, but even if I cannot see the sun, I know that it exists.

And to know that the sun is there - that is living.


I am a dreamer. I know so little of real life that I just can’t help re-living such moments as these in my dreams, for such moments are something I have very rarely experienced. I am going to dream about you the whole night, the whole week, the whole year.