53 Deep Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes:


1. “It is better to be unhappy and know the worst, than to be happy in a fool’s paradise.” — FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY


2. “A fool with a heart and no sense is just as unhappy as a fool with sense and no heart.” — FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY


3. “Happiness does not lie in happiness, but in the achievement of it.” — FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY


4. “It is not the brains that matter most, but that which guides them — the character, the heart, generous qualities, progressive ideas.” — FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY

5. “Power is given only to those who dare to lower themselves and pick it up. Only one thing matters, one thing; to be able to dare!” — FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY


6. “Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.” — FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY


7 .“Wealth is the number of things one can do without.” — FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY


8. “A hundred suspicions don’t make a proof.” — FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY


9. “Life is paradise, and we are all in paradise, but we refuse to see it.” — FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY



10. “Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others.” — FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY


11. “If you want to be respected by others, the great thing is to respect yourself. Only by that, only by self-respect wil you compel others to respect you.” — FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY


12.  “To be in love is not the same as loving. You can be in love with a woman and still hate her.” — FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY


13. “Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery.” — FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY


14. “Deprived of meaningful work, men and women lose their reason for existence; they go stark, raving mad.” — FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY


15. “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 DOSTOEVSKY


16. “If you want to overcome the whole world, overcome yourself.” — FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY


17. “It’s the great mystery of human life that old grief passes gradually into quiet tender joy.” — FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY


18. “To love someone means to see them as God intended them.” — FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY


19. “To go wrong in one’s own way is better than to go right in someone else’s.” — FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY


20. “The awful thing is that beauty is mysterious as well as terrible. God and the devil are fighting there and the battlefield is the heart of man.” — FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY


21. “Learning to love is hard and we pay dearly for it. It takes hard work and a long apprenticeship, for it is not just for a moment that we must learn to love, but forever.” — FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY


22. “Truly great men must, I think, experience great sorrow on the earth.” — FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY


23. “Besides, nowadays, almost all capable people are terribly afraid of being ridiculous, and are miserable because of it.” — FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY


24. “By interpreting freedom as the propagation and immediate gratification of needs, people distort their own nature, for they engender in themselves a multitude of pointless and foolish desires, habits, and incongruous stratagems. Their lives are motivated only by mutual envy, sensuality, and ostentation.” — FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY


25. “The darker the night, the brighter the stars, The deeper the grief, the closer is God!” — FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY


26. “It takes something more than intelligence to act intelligently.” — FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY



27. “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 DOSTOEVSKY


28. “Compassion was the most important, perhaps the sole law of human existence.” — FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY


29. “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


30. “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.” — FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY


31. “Destroy my desires, eradicate my ideas, show me something better, and I will follow you.” — FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY


32. “When reason fails, the devil helps!” — FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY


33. “The soul is healed by being with children.” — FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY


34. “When I look back on my past and think how much time I wasted on nothing, how much time has been lost in futilities, errors, laziness, incapacity to live; how little I appreciated it, how many times I sinned against my heart and soul-then my heart bleeds. Life is a gift, life is happiness, every minute can be an eternity of happiness.” — FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY


35. “Grown-up people do not know that a child can give exceedingly good advice even in the most difficult case.” — FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY


36. “Reality is infinitely diverse, compared with even the subtlest conclusions of abstract thought, and does not allow of clear-cut and sweeping distinctions. Reality resists classification.” — FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY


37. “The cleverest of all, in my opinion, is the man who calls himself a fool at least once a month.” — FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY


38. “My friend, the truth is always implausible, did you know that? To make the truth more plausible, it’s absolutely necessary to mix a bit of falsehood with it. People have always done so.” — FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY


39. “The greatest happiness is to know the source of unhappiness.” — FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY


40. “If you love all things, you will also attain the divine mystery that is in all things. For then your ability to perceive the truth will grow every day, and your mind will open itself to an all-embracing love.” — FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY


41. “I think the devil doesn’t exist, but man has created him, he has created him in his own image and likeness.” — FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY


42. “The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.” — FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY


43. “Nothing is easier than to denounce the evildoer; nothing is more difficult than to understand him.” — FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY



44. “The more you succeed in loving, the more you’ll be convinced at the existence of God and the immortality of your soul.” — FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY


45. “What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love.” — FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY


46. “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.” — FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY


47. “Every ant knows the formula of its ant-hill, every bee knows the formula of its beehive. They know it in their own way, not in our way. Only humankind does not know its own formula.” — FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY


48. “The best way to keep a prisoner from escaping is to make sure he never knows he’s in prison.” — FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY


49. “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 DOSTOEVSKY


50. “The man who is happy is fulfilling the purpose of existence.” — FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY


51. “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.” — FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY


52. “The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.” — FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY


53. “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 DOSTOEVSKY

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