Best quotes by the Russian Writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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

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

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

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

The greatest happiness is to know the source of unhappiness.
  • Happiness

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

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

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

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

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

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

To live without Hope is to Cease to live.
  • Hope

Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another.
  • Goals

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

A just cause is not ruined by a few mistakes.
  • Purpose

If there is no God, everything is permitted.
  • Atheism

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

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

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.
  • Habits

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

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

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

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.
  • Loss

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.
  • life

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.
  • Christianity

Neither man or nation can exist without a sublime idea.
  • Ideas

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.
  • Love

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.
  • Memory

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.
  • Memory

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.
  • Perception

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

Realists do not fear the results of their study.
  • Reality

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.
  • eternity

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.
  • secret

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.
  • human

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.
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