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

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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


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


Love all God's creation, the whole and every grain of sand of it.

Love every leaf, every ray of God's light. 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.

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The soul is healed by being with children


The greatest happiness is to know the source of unhappiness.


Deprived of meaningful work, men and women lose their reason for existence; they go stark, raving mad.


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.


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.


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


To live without Hope is to Cease to live.


The secret of man's being is not only to live but to have something to live for.


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


Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others.


About Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Quotes 36 sayings
Nationality Russian
Profession Writer
Birthday November 11, 1821

Sarcasm: the last refuge of modest and chaste-souled people when the privacy of their soul is coarsely and intrusively invaded.


To be too conscious is an illness. A real thorough going illness.


Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another.


If you like a man's laugh before you know anything of him, you may say with confidence that he is a good man.


The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering the prisons.


A just cause is not ruined by a few mistakes.


If there is no God, everything is permitted.


It is easier for a Russian to become an atheist than for anyone else in the world.


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.


The most pressing question on the problem of faith is whether a man as a civilized being can believe in the divinity of the Son of God, Jesus Christ, for therein rests the whole of our faith.


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


Realists do not fear the results of their study.


Don’t let us forget that the causes of human actions are usually immeasurably more complex and varied than our subsequent explanations of them.


Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.


Even if we are occupied with important things and even if we attain honor or fall into misfortune, still let us remember how good it once was here, when we were all together, united by a good and a kind feeling which made us perhaps better than we are.


It is not possible to eat me without insisting that I sing praises of my devourer?


Every man has some reminiscences which he would not tell to everyone, but only to his friends. He has others which he would not reveal even to his friends, but only to himself, and that in secret. But finally there are still others which a man is even afraid to tell himself, and every decent man has a considerable number of such things stored away. That is, one can even say that the more decent he is, the greater the number of such things in his mind.


Love all that has been created by God, both the whole and every grain of sand.

Love every leaf and every ray of light. Love the beasts and the birds, love the plants, love every separate fragment. If you love each fragment, you will understand the mystery of the whole resting in God.


Neither man or nation can exist without a sublime idea.


Aus dem dämmrigen Dunkel der Nacht trat eine feste, schwarze Masse von Gebäuden hervor, die sich über einer gewaltigen Fläche ausbreiteten. Das Dorf Mokroje zählte zweitausend Seelen; um diese Stunde schlief jedoch schon alles, nur hier und da schimmerten spärliche Lichter durch die Dunkelheit.


We're always thinking of eternity as an idea that cannot be understood, something immense. But why must it be? What if, instead of all this, you suddenly find just a little room there, something like a village bath-house, grimy, and spiders in every corner, and that's all eternity is. Sometimes, you know, I can't help feeling that that's what it is.


You see, gentlemen, reason is an excellent thing, there’s no disputing that, but reason is nothing but reason and satisfies only the rational side of man’s nature, while will is a manifestation of the whole life, that is, of the whole human life including reason and all the impulses. And although our life, in this manifestation of it, is often worthless, yet it is life and not simply extracting square roots.


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.


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