Fyodor Dostoevsky quotes

Born
11 November 1821 Moscow, Moscow Governorate, Russian Empire.

Died
9 February 1881.

Occupation
Novelist.

Fyodor Dostoevsky was a Russian novelist.

Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
The cleverest of all, in my opinion, is the man who calls himself a fool at least once a month.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
Man, so long as he remains free, has no more constant and agonizing anxiety than find as quickly as possible someone to worship.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
To love someone means to see him as God intended him.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
Sarcasm: the last refuge of modest and chaste-souled people when the privacy of their soul is coarsely and intrusively invaded.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
There is no subject so old that something new cannot be said about it.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
A novel is a work of poetry. In order to write it, one must have tranquility of spirit and of impression.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
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
If there is no God, everything is permitted.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
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
Man only likes to count his troubles, but he does not count his joys.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
Men do not accept their prophets and slay them, but they love their martyrs and worship those whom they have tortured to death.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
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
Happiness does not lie in happiness, but in the achievement of it.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
Realists do not fear the results of their study.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
It is not possible to eat me without insisting that I sing praises of my devourer?
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
There are things which a man is afraid to tell even to himself, and every decent man has a number of such things stored away in his mind.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
To live without Hope is to Cease to live.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
The soul is healed by being with children.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
The greatest happiness is to know the source of unhappiness.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
Beauty is mysterious as well as terrible. God and devil are fighting there, and the battlefield is the heart of man.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
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 Dostoevsky
Deprived of meaningful work, men and women lose their reason for existence; they go stark, raving mad.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
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