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Fyodor Dostoevsky
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I have a plan-to go mad. Fyodor Dostoevsky
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You will have many enemies, but even your foes will love you. Life will bring you many misfortunes, but you will find your happiness in them, and will bless life and will make others bless it-which is what matters most. Fyodor Dostoevsky
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The death of a child is the greatest reason to doubt the existence of God. Fyodor Dostoevsky
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Only through suffering can we find ourselves. Fyodor Dostoevsky
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I don't understand anything...and I no longer want to understand anything. I want to stick to the fact...If I wanted to understand something, I would immediately have to betray the fact, but I've made up my mind to stick to the fact. Fyodor Dostoevsky
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So long as man remains free he strives for nothing so incessantly and so painfully as to find someone to worship. Fyodor Dostoevsky
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Only by self-respect will you compel others to respect you. Fyodor Dostoevsky
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It is not as a child that I believe and confess Jesus Christ. My hosanna is born of a furnace of doubt. Fyodor Dostoevsky
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Break what must be broken, once for all, that's all, and take the suffering on oneself. Fyodor Dostoevsky
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Every member of the society spies on the rest, and it is his duty to inform against them. All are slaves and equal in their slavery... The great thing about it is equality... Slaves are bound to be equal. Fyodor Dostoevsky
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A beast can never be as cruel as a human being, so artistically, so picturesquely cruel. Fyodor Dostoevsky
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And so I ask myself: 'Where are your dreams?' And I shake my head and mutter: 'How the years go by!' And I ask myself again: 'What have you done with those years? Where have you buried your best moments? Have you really lived? Look,' I say to myself, 'how cold it is becoming all over the world!' And more years will pass and behind them will creep grim isolation. Tottering senility will come hobbling, leaning on a crutch, and behind these will come unrelieved boredom and despair. The world of fancies will fade, dreams will wilt and die and fall like autumn leaves from the trees. . . . Fyodor Dostoevsky
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Above all, do not lie to yourself. Fyodor Dostoevsky
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The man who is happy is fulfilling the purpose of existence Fyodor Dostoevsky
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... one could never judge a man without seeing him close, for oneself ... Fyodor Dostoevsky
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Here my tears are falling, Nastenka. Let them flow, let them flow - they don't hurt anybody. They will dry Nastenka. Fyodor Dostoevsky
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It is a law of nature that every decent man on earth is bound to be a coward and a slave Fyodor Dostoevsky
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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 Dostoevsky
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What if, when this fog scatters and flies upward, the whole rotten, slimey city goes with it, rises with the fog and vanishes like smoke. Fyodor Dostoevsky
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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. Fyodor Dostoevsky
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If you were to destroy the belief in immortality in mankind, not only love but every living force on which the continuation of all life in the world depended, would dry up at once. Fyodor Dostoevsky
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God knows what is in me in place of me. Fyodor Dostoevsky
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He was one of the numerous and varied legion of dullards, of half-animated abortions, conceited, half-educated coxcombs, who attach themselves to the idea most in fashion only to vulgarize it and who caricature every cause they serve, however sincerely. Fyodor Dostoevsky
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The more conscious I was of goodness and of all that was 'sublime and beautiful,'the more deeply I sank into my mire and the more ready I was to sink in it altogether. Fyodor Dostoevsky
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..., twice two is four is not life, gentlemen, but the beginning of death. Fyodor Dostoevsky
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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 Dostoevsky
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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 Dostoevsky
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Compassion is the chief law of human existence. Fyodor Dostoevsky
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Oh, if only I did nothing simply as a result of laziness. Fyodor Dostoevsky
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But yet I am firmly persuaded that a great deal of consciousness, every sort of consciousness, in fact, is a disease. Fyodor Dostoevsky
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If anyone could prove to me that Christ is outside the truth, and if the truth really did exclude Christ, I should prefer to stay with Christ and not with truth. Fyodor Dostoevsky
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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. Fyodor Dostoevsky
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I have never in my life met a man like him for noble simplicity, and boundless truthfulness. I understood from the way he talked that anyone who chose could deceive him, and that he would forgive anyone afterwards who had deceived him, and that was why I grew to love him. Fyodor Dostoevsky
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In most cases, people, even the most vicious, are much more naive and simple-minded than we assume them to be. And this is true of ourselves too. Fyodor Dostoevsky
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They have their Hamlets, but we still have our Karamazovs! Fyodor Dostoevsky
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Humiliate the reason and distort the soul. Fyodor Dostoevsky
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To think too much is a disease. Fyodor Dostoevsky
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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 Dostoevsky
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I have seen the truth. It is not as though I had invented it in my mind. I have seen it, SEEN IT and the living image of it has filled my soul forever... Fyodor Dostoevsky
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People really do like seeing their best friends humiliated; a large part of the friendship is based on humiliation; and that is an old truth,well known to all intelligent people. Fyodor Dostoevsky
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I am a dreamer. I know so little of real life that I just ca' 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 Dostoevsky
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If you wish to glimpse inside a human soul and get to know a man...you will get better results if you just watch him laugh. If he laughs well, he' s a good man. Fyodor Dostoevsky
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You see, gentlemen, reason is an excellent thing, there's no disputing that, but reason is nothing but reason and satisfies only the rational side of man's nature, while will is a manifestation of the whole life, that is, of the whole human life including reason and all the impulses. And although our life, in this manifestation of it, is often worthless, yet it is life and not simply extracting square roots. Fyodor Dostoevsky
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Man has it all in his hands, and it all slips through his fingers from sheer cowardice. Fyodor Dostoevsky
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A society should be judged not by how it treats its outstanding citizens but by how it treats its criminals. Fyodor Dostoevsky
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You know, my boy, he said, it's impossible to love men such as they are. And yet we must. So try to do good to men by doing violence to your feelings, holding your nose, and shutting your eyes, especially shutting your eyes. Endure their villainy without anger, as much as possible; try to remember that you're a man too. For, if you're even a little above average intelligence, you'll have the propensity to judge people severely. Men are vile by nature and they'd rather love out of fear. Don't give in to such love: despise it always. Fyodor Dostoevsky
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Remember, too, every day, and whenever you can, repeat to yourself, Lord, have mercy on all who appear before Thee today. For every hour and every moment thousands of men leave life on this earth, and their souls appear before God. And how many of them depart in solitude, unknown, sad, dejected that no one mourns for them or even knows whether they have lived or not! Fyodor Dostoevsky
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It is precisely that requirement of shared worship that has been the principal source of suffering for individual man and the human race since the beginning of history. In their efforts to impose universal worship, men have unsheathed their swords and killed one another. They have invented gods and challenged each other: "Discard your gods and worship mine or I will destroy both your gods and you!" Fyodor Dostoevsky
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There is nothing higher and stronger and more wholesome and useful for life in later years than some good memory, especially a memory connected with childhood, with home. Fyodor Dostoevsky
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Until you have become really, in actual fact, as brother to everyone, brotherhood will not come to pass. Fyodor Dostoevsky
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Above all, don't lie to yourself. Fyodor Dostoevsky
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But man is a fickle and disreputable creature and perhaps, like a chess-player, is interested in the process of attaining his goal rather than the goal itself. Fyodor Dostoevsky
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And do you know, do you know that mankind can live without the Englishman, it can live without Germany, it can live only too well without the Russian man, it can live without science, without bread, and it only cannot live without beauty, for then there would be nothing at all to do in the world! The whole secret is here, the whole of history is here. Science itself would not stand for a minute without beauty Fyodor Dostoevsky
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There is no virtue if there is no immortality. Fyodor Dostoevsky
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I do not rebel against my God, I simply do not accept his world. Fyodor Dostoevsky
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Power is only vouchsafed to the man who dares to stoop and pick it up. There is only one thing, one thing needful: one has only to dare! Fyodor Dostoevsky
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Atheism: It seeks to replace in itself the moral power of religion, in order to appease the spiritual thirst of parched humanity and save it; not by Christ, but by force. Fyodor Dostoevsky
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You see I kept asking myself then: why am I so stupid that if others are stupid-and I know they are-yet I won't be wiser? Fyodor Dostoevsky
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Every man looks out for himself, and he has the happiest life who manages to hoodwink himself best of all. Fyodor Dostoevsky
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They wanted to speak, but could not; tears stood in their eyes. They were both pale and thin; but those sick pale faces were bright with the dawn of a new future, of a full resurrection into a new life. They were renewed by love; the heart of each held infinite sources of life for the heart of the other. Fyodor Dostoevsky
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I swear to you, sirs, that excessive consciousness is a disease-a genuine, absolute disease. Fyodor Dostoevsky
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Even as I approach the gambling hall, as soon as I hear, two rooms away, the jingle of money poured out on the table, I almost go into convulsions. Fyodor Dostoevsky
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Nothing could be more absurd than moral lessons at such a moment! Oh, self-satisfied people: with what proud self-satisfaction such babblers are ready to utter their pronouncements! If they only knew to what degree I myself understand all the loathsomeness of my present condition, they wouldn't have the heart to teach me. Fyodor Dostoevsky
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Russians alone are able to combine so many opposites in themselves at one and the same time. Fyodor Dostoevsky
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...there is no explaining anything by reasoning and so it is useless to reason. Fyodor Dostoevsky
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For if there's no everlasting God, there's no such thing as virtue, and there's no need of it. Fyodor Dostoevsky
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Father monks, why do you fast! Why do you expect reward in heaven for that?...No, saintly monk, you try being virtuous in the world, do good to society, without shutting yourself up in a monastery at other people's expense, and without expecting a reward up aloft for it-you'll find that a bit harder. Fyodor Dostoevsky
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Such power!" Adelaida cried all at once, peering greedily at the portrait over her sister's shoulder. "Where? What power?" Lizaveta Prokofyevna asked sharply. "Such beauty has power," Adelaida said hotly. "You can overturn the world with such beauty. Fyodor Dostoevsky
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I bless the rising sun each day, and, as before, my heart sings to meet it, but now I love even more its setting, its long slanting rays & the soft tender gentle memories that come with them...' -Father Zossima Fyodor Dostoevsky
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Love is a teacher, but one must know how to acquire it, for it is difficult to acquire, it is dearly bought, by long work over a long time, for one ought to love not for a chance moment but for all time. Anyone, even a wicked man, can love by chance. Fyodor Dostoevsky
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