Fyodor Dostoyevsky quotes page 2
Right or wrong, it's very pleasant to break something from time to
To achieve perfection, one must first begin by not understanding many things. And if
understand too quickly, we may not understand well.
Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.
I think the devil doesn't exist, but man has created him, he has created him in his own
Man is sometimes extraordinarily, passionately, in love with suffering.
To be in love is not the same as loving. You can be in love with a woman and still hate
Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The
great men must, I think, have great sadness on earth.
If you wish to glimpse inside a human soul and get to know a man, don't bother analyzing
ways of being silent, of talking, of weeping, of seeing how much he is moved by noble
you will get better results if you just watch him laugh. If he laughs well, he's a
You can be sincere and still be stupid.
In most cases, people, even the most vicious, are much more naive and simple-minded
we assume them to be. And this is true of ourselves too.
It's life that matters, nothing but life - the process of discovering, the everlasting
perpetual process, not the discovery itself, at all.
Man is a mystery. It needs to be unravelled, and if you spend your whole life unravelling
don't say that you've wasted time. I am studying that mystery because I want to be a
There are two sorts of mind: one that matters, and one that doesn't matter.
It takes something more than intelligence to act intelligently.
Don't let us forget that the causes of human actions are usually immeasurably more
and varied than our subsequent explanations of them.
If not reason, then the devil.
So long as man remains free he strives for nothing so incessantly and so painfully as to
some one to worship.
Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left
The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering
Beauty is a terrible and awful thing! It is terrible because it
has not been fathomed, for God
sets us nothing but riddles.
To kill someone for committing murder is a punishment incomparably
worse than the crime
itself. Murder by legal sentence is immeasurably more terrible than murder by
What terrible tragedies realism inflicts on people.
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.