53 Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes: A List of Profound Insights

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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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