Fyodor Dostoyevsky Top 10 Quotes


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 Dostoyevsky (Notes from the Underground, 1864)


The soul is healed by being with children.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky (The Idiot, 1869)


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 (The Possessed, 1872)


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

Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Right or wrong, it's very pleasant to break something from time to time.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Notes from the Underground, 1864)


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 Dostoyevsky (Notes from the Underground, 1864)


Accept suffering and achieve atonement through it - that is what you must do.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Crime and Punishment, 1866)


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 (The Brothers Karamazov, 1880)


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

Fyodor Dostoyevsky (The Brothers Karamazov, 1880)


It's life that matters, nothing but life - the process of discovering, the everlasting and perpetual process, not the discovery itself, at all.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky (The Idiot, 1869)

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Fyodor Dostoyevsky Biography

Born: November 11, 1821
Died: February 9, 1881

Fyodor Dostoyevsky was a Russian novelist and writer. He is most commonly recognized for his highly successful and praised novels such as "Crime and Punishment" and "The Brothers Karamazov".

Notable Works

Notes from Underground (1864)
Crime and Punishment (1866)
The Gambler (1867)
The Idiot (1869)
The Possessed (1872)
The Dream of a Ridiculous Man (1877)
The Brothers Karamazov (1880)

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