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Right or wrong, it's very pleasant to break something from time to time.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

To achieve perfection, one must first begin by not understanding many things. And if we
understand too quickly, we may
not understand well.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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

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

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

To be in love is not the same as loving. You can be in love with a woman and still hate her.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

If you wish to glimpse inside a human soul and get to know a man, don't bother analyzing his
ways of being silent, of
talking, of weeping, of seeing how much he is moved by noble ideas;
you will get better results if you just watch him laugh.
If he laughs well, he's a good man.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

You can be sincere and still be stupid.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

In most cases, people, even the most vicious, are much more naive and simple-minded than
we assume them to be. And
this is true of ourselves too.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

It's life that matters, nothing but life - the process of discovering, the everlasting and
perpetual process, not the discovery
itself, at all.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

There are two sorts of mind: one that matters, and one that doesn't matter.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

It takes something more than intelligence to act intelligently.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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

If not reason, then the devil.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

So long as man remains free he strives for nothing so incessantly and so painfully as to find
some one to worship.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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

The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.
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Beauty is a terrible and awful thing! It is terrible because it has not been fathomed, for God
sets us nothing but riddles.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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 brigands.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

What terrible tragedies realism inflicts on people.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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.
Fyodor Dostoevsky

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