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Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “Above all, don’t lie to yourself.”

Above all, don’t lie to yourself.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky



Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “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.”

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


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “It is better to be unhappy and know the worst, than to be happy in a fool’s paradise.”

It is better to be unhappy and know the worst, than to be happy in a fool’s paradise.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “Beauty will save the world.”

Beauty will save the world.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.”

The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “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.”

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


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “But how could you live and have no story to tell?”

But how could you live and have no story to tell?

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “The best way to keep a prisoner from escaping is to make sure he never knows he’s in prison.”

The best way to keep a prisoner from escaping is to make sure he never knows he’s in prison.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “This is my last message to you: in sorrow, seek happiness.”

This is my last message to you: in sorrow, seek happiness.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “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.”

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.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky



Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “The darker the night, the brighter the stars, The deeper the grief, the closer is God!”

The darker the night, the brighter the stars, The deeper the grief, the closer is God!

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “If you want to overcome the whole world, overcome yourself.”

If you want to overcome the whole world, overcome yourself.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “The cleverest of all, in my opinion, is the man who calls himself a fool at least once a month.”

The cleverest of all, in my opinion, is the man who calls himself a fool at least once a month.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. Once you perceive it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day. And you will come at last to love the whole world with an all-embracing love.”

Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. Once you perceive it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day. And you will come at last to love the whole world with an all-embracing love.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “To think too much is a disease.”

To think too much is a disease.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “Man is sometimes extraordinarily, passionately, in love with suffering...”

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

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “I say let the world go to hell, but I should always have my tea.”

I say let the world go to hell, but I should always have my tea.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “To live without Hope is to Cease to live.”

To live without Hope is to Cease to live.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “To go wrong in one’s own way is better then to go right in someone else’s.”

To go wrong in one’s own way is better then to go right in someone else’s.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “Nothing is easier than to denounce the evildoer; nothing is more difficult than to understand him.”

Nothing is easier than to denounce the evildoer; nothing is more difficult than to understand him.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky



Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “The greatest happiness is to know the source of unhappiness.”

The greatest happiness is to know the source of unhappiness.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “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!”

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 Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “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.”

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.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “There is only one thing that I dread: not to be worthy of my sufferings.”

There is only one thing that I dread: not to be worthy of my sufferings.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “For broad understanding and deep feeling, you need pain and suffering.”

For broad understanding and deep feeling, you need pain and suffering.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “Man only likes to count his troubles; he doesn’t calculate his happiness.”

Man only likes to count his troubles; he doesn’t calculate his happiness.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “The world will be saved by beauty.”

The world will be saved by beauty.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love.”

What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.”

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

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “When reason fails, the devil helps!”

When reason fails, the devil helps!

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “Destroy my desires, eradicate my ideals, show me something better, and I will follow you.”

Destroy my desires, eradicate my ideals, show me something better, and I will follow you.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “Reason is the slave of passion.”

Reason is the slave of passion.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “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.”

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.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “Man has it all in his hands, and it all slips through his fingers from sheer cowardice.”

Man has it all in his hands, and it all slips through his fingers from sheer cowardice.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “The man who has a conscience suffers whilst acknowledging his sin. That is his punishment.”

The man who has a conscience suffers whilst acknowledging his sin. That is his punishment.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “Here is a commandment for you: seek happiness in sorrow. Work, work tirelessly.”

Here is a commandment for you: seek happiness in sorrow. Work, work tirelessly.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “The Russian soul is a dark place.”

The Russian soul is a dark place.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “I am alone, I thought, and they are everybody.”

I am alone, I thought, and they are everybody.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.”

The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “You will burn and you will burn out; you will be healed and come back again.”

You will burn and you will burn out; you will be healed and come back again.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “Times of crisis, of disruption or constructive change, are not only predictable, but desirable. They mean growth. Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.”

Times of crisis, of disruption or constructive change, are not only predictable, but desirable. They mean growth. Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “You can be sincere and still be stupid.”

You can be sincere and still be stupid.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “If there is no God, then I am God.”

If there is no God, then I am God.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “If everything on earth were rational, nothing would happen.”

If everything on earth were rational, nothing would happen.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “I can see the sun, but even if I cannot see the sun, I know that it exists. And to know that the sun is there – that is living.”

I can see the sun, but even if I cannot see the sun, I know that it exists. And to know that the sun is there – that is living.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “A society should be judged not by how it treats its outstanding citizens but by how it treats its criminals.”

A society should be judged not by how it treats its outstanding citizens but by how it treats its criminals.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “The soul is healed by being with children.”

The soul is healed by being with children.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “When he has lost all hope, all object in life, man becomes a monster in his misery.”

When he has lost all hope, all object in life, man becomes a monster in his misery.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “I utter what you would not dare think.”

I utter what you would not dare think.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others.”

Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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