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Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “Without God all things are permitted.”

Without God all things are permitted.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky



Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “I will not and cannot believe that evil is the normal condition of mankind.”

I will not and cannot believe that evil is the normal condition of mankind.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “To love is to suffer and there can be no love otherwise.”

To love is to suffer and there can be no love otherwise.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “We are citizens of eternity.”

We are citizens of eternity.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “It seems, in fact, as though the second half of a man’s life is made up of nothing, but the habits he has accumulated during the first half.”

It seems, in fact, as though the second half of a man’s life is made up of nothing, but the habits he has accumulated during the first half.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “Money is coined liberty.”

Money is coined liberty.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “Love in action is a harsh and dreadful thing compared to love in dreams.”

Love in action is a harsh and dreadful thing compared to love in dreams.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “Man grows used to everything, the scoundrel!”

Man grows used to everything, the scoundrel!

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “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.”

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


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “A new philosophy, a new way of life, is not given for nothing. It has to be paid dearly for and only acquired with much patience and great effort.”

A new philosophy, a new way of life, is not given for nothing. It has to be paid dearly for and only acquired with much patience and great effort.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky



Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “Anyone who can appease a man’s conscience can take his freedom away from him.”

Anyone who can appease a man’s conscience can take his freedom away from him.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “I did not bow down to you, I bowed down to all the suffering of humanity.”

I did not bow down to you, I bowed down to all the suffering of humanity.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “Truly great men must, I think, experience great sorrow on the earth.”

Truly great men must, I think, experience great sorrow on the earth.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “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.”

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


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “Oh I’ve plenty of time, my time is entirely my own.”

Oh I’ve plenty of time, my time is entirely my own.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “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.”

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 Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “It’s the great mystery of human life that old grief passes gradually into quiet tender joy.”

It’s the great mystery of human life that old grief passes gradually into quiet tender joy.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “There is immeasurably more left inside than what comes out in words. Your thought, even a bad one, while it is with you, is always more profound, but in words it is more ridiculous and dishonorable.”

There is immeasurably more left inside than what comes out in words. Your thought, even a bad one, while it is with you, is always more profound, but in words it is more ridiculous and dishonorable.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “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.”

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.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “I am a fool with a heart but no brains, and you are a fool with brains but no heart; and we’re both unhappy, and we both suffer.”

I am a fool with a heart but no brains, and you are a fool with brains but no heart; and we’re both unhappy, and we both suffer.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky



Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “If he’s alive he has everything in his power! Whose fault is it he doesn’t understand that.”

If he’s alive he has everything in his power! Whose fault is it he doesn’t understand that.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “I used to imagine adventures for myself, I invented a life, so that I could at least exist somehow.”

I used to imagine adventures for myself, I invented a life, so that I could at least exist somehow.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “Obedience, fasting, and prayer are laughed at, yet only through them lies the way to real true freedom. I cut off my superfluous and unnecessary desires, I subdue my proud and wanton will and chastise it with obedience, and with God’s help I attain freedom of spirit and with it spiritual joy.”

Obedience, fasting, and prayer are laughed at, yet only through them lies the way to real true freedom. I cut off my superfluous and unnecessary desires, I subdue my proud and wanton will and chastise it with obedience, and with God’s help I attain freedom of spirit and with it spiritual joy.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “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.”

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.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “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.”

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 Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to such a pass that he cannot distinguish the truth within him.”

The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to such a pass that he cannot distinguish the truth within him.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “He who masters the grey everyday is a hero.”

He who masters the grey everyday is a hero.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “It is amazing what one ray of sunshine can do for a man!”

It is amazing what one ray of sunshine can do for a man!

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “Suffering is the sole origin of consciousness.”

Suffering is the sole origin of consciousness.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “Nature doesn’t ask your permission; it doesn’t care about your wishes, or whether you like its laws or not. You’re obliged to accept it as it is, and consequently all its results as well.”

Nature doesn’t ask your permission; it doesn’t care about your wishes, or whether you like its laws or not. You’re obliged to accept it as it is, and consequently all its results as well.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “Compassion is the chief law of human existence.”

Compassion is the chief law of human existence.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “I think the devil doesn’t exist, but man has created him, he has created him in his own image and likeness.”

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

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “But men love abstract reasoning and neat systematization so much that they think nothing of distorting the truth, closing their eyes and ears to contrary evidence to preserve their logical constructions.”

But men love abstract reasoning and neat systematization so much that they think nothing of distorting the truth, closing their eyes and ears to contrary evidence to preserve their logical constructions.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “The fear of appearances is the first symptom of impotence.”

The fear of appearances is the first symptom of impotence.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “I am a dreamer. I know so little of real life that I just can’t help re-living such moments as these in my dreams, for such moments are something I have very rarely experienced. I am going to dream about you the whole night, the whole week, the whole year.”

I am a dreamer. I know so little of real life that I just can’t help re-living such moments as these in my dreams, for such moments are something I have very rarely experienced. I am going to dream about you the whole night, the whole week, the whole year.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “My God, a moment of bliss. Why, isn’t that enough for a whole lifetime?”

My God, a moment of bliss. Why, isn’t that enough for a whole lifetime?

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “If one wanted to crush and destroy a man entirely, to mete out to him the most terrible punishment, all one would have to do would be to make him do work that was completely and utterly devoid of usefulness and meaning.”

If one wanted to crush and destroy a man entirely, to mete out to him the most terrible punishment, all one would have to do would be to make him do work that was completely and utterly devoid of usefulness and meaning.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “Lack of originality, everywhere, all over the world, from time immemorial, has always been considered the foremost quality and the recommendation of the active, efficient and practical man.”

Lack of originality, everywhere, all over the world, from time immemorial, has always been considered the foremost quality and the recommendation of the active, efficient and practical man.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “Sarcasm: the last refuge of modest and chaste-souled people when the PRIVACY of their soul is coarsely and intrusively invaded.”

Sarcasm: the last refuge of modest and chaste-souled people when the PRIVACY of their soul is coarsely and intrusively invaded.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “May you be for ever blessed for that moment of bliss and happiness which you gave to another lonely and grateful heart. Isn’t such a moment sufficient for the whole of one’s life?”

May you be for ever blessed for that moment of bliss and happiness which you gave to another lonely and grateful heart. Isn’t such a moment sufficient for the whole of one’s life?

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “And what’s strange, what would be marvelous, is not that God should really exist; the marvel is that such an idea, the idea of the necessity of God, could enter the head of such a savage, vicious beast as man.”

And what’s strange, what would be marvelous, is not that God should really exist; the marvel is that such an idea, the idea of the necessity of God, could enter the head of such a savage, vicious beast as man.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “I agree that two and two make four is an excellent thing; but to give everything its due, two and two make five is also a very fine thing.”

I agree that two and two make four is an excellent thing; but to give everything its due, two and two make five is also a very fine thing.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “There are chance meetings with strangers that interest us from the first moment, before a word is spoken.”

There are chance meetings with strangers that interest us from the first moment, before a word is spoken.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “Love is such a priceless treasure that you can buy the whole world with it, and redeem not only your own but other people’s sins. Go, and do not be afraid.”

Love is such a priceless treasure that you can buy the whole world with it, and redeem not only your own but other people’s sins. Go, and do not be afraid.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “I know that you don’t believe it, but indeed, life will bring you through. You will live it down in time. What you need now is fresh air, fresh air, fresh air!”

I know that you don’t believe it, but indeed, life will bring you through. You will live it down in time. What you need now is fresh air, fresh air, fresh air!

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “I may be mistaken but it seems to me that a man may be judged by his laugh, and that if at first encounter you like the laugh of a person completely unknown to you, you may say with assurance that he is good.”

I may be mistaken but it seems to me that a man may be judged by his laugh, and that if at first encounter you like the laugh of a person completely unknown to you, you may say with assurance that he is good.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “I almost do not exist now and I know it; God knows what lives in me in place of me.”

I almost do not exist now and I know it; God knows what lives in me in place of me.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “To love someone means to see them as God intended them.”

To love someone means to see them as God intended them.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “Man, do not pride yourself on your superiority to the animals, for they are without sin, while you, with all your greatness, you defile the earth wherever you appear and leave an ignoble trail behind you – and that is true, alas, for almost every one of us!”

Man, do not pride yourself on your superiority to the animals, for they are without sin, while you, with all your greatness, you defile the earth wherever you appear and leave an ignoble trail behind you – and that is true, alas, for almost every one of us!

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote: “Your hand is cold, mine burns like fire. How blind you are, Nastenka!”

Your hand is cold, mine burns like fire. How blind you are, Nastenka!

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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