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1821 - 1881, Russian novelist

Man only likes to count his troubles; he doesn't calculate his happiness.
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What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love.
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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.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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.
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The soul is healed by being with children.
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Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery.
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The world says: "You have needs - satisfy them. You have as much right as the rich and the
mighty. Don't hesitate to satisfy your needs; indeed, expand your needs and demand more."
This is the worldly doctrine of today. And they believe that this is freedom. The result for the
rich is isolation and suicide, for the poor, envy and murder.
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It's life that matters, nothing but life - the process of discovering, the everlasting and
perpetual process, not the discovery itself, at all.
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It is not the brains that matter most, but that which guides them: The character, the heart,
generous qualities, progressive ideas.
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There are things which a man is afraid to tell even to himself, and every decent man has a
number of such things stored away in his mind.
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One can know a man from his laugh, and if you like a man's laugh before you know anything
of him, you may confidently say that he is a good man.
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Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up
as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.
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It's the great mystery of human life that old grief passes gradually into quiet tender joy.
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The cleverest of all, in my opinion, is the man who calls himself a fool at least once a month.
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Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.
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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.
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Man is unhappy because he doesn't know he's happy. It's only that.
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Men reject their prophets and slay them, but they love their martyrs and honor those they
have slain.
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Accept suffering and achieve atonement through it - that is what you must do.
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A man who lies to himself, and believes his own lies, becomes unable to recognize truth,
either in himself or in anyone else,
and he ends up losing respect for himself and for others.
When he has no respect for anyone, he can no longer love, and in
him, he yields to his
impulses, indulges in the lowest form of pleasure, and behaves in the end like an animal in
satisfying his
vices. And it all comes from lying - to others and to yourself.
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Love a man, even in his sin, for that love is a likeness of the divine love, and is the summit of
love on earth.
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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.
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It's easier for a Russian to become an atheist than for anyone else in the world.
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Talking nonsense is man's only privilege that distinguishes him from all other organisms.
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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.
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Sarcasm: the last refuge of modest and chaste-souled people when the privacy of their soul
is coarsely and intrusively
invaded.
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To go wrong in one's own way is better then to go right in someone else's.
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The second half of a man's life is made up of nothing but the habits he has acquired during
the first half.
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I have seen the truth; I have seen and I know that people can be beautiful and happy
without losing the power of living on
earth. I will not and cannot believe that evil is the
normal condition of mankind. And it is just this faith of mine that they
laugh at.
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Do a man dirt, yourself you hurt.
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It's the great mystery of human life that old grief passes gradually into quiet tender joy.
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Inventors and geniuses have almost always been looked on as no better than fools at the
beginning of their career, and
very frequently at the end of it also.
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