Best Quotes of All Time: Fyodor Dostoevsky

Be the sun and all will see you.

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.

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

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

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.

The soul is healed by being with children.

Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery.

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

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

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

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

Love a man, even in his sin, for that love is a likeness of the divine love, and is the summit of love on earth.

The greatest happiness is to know the source of unhappiness.

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

A fool with a heart and no sense is just as unhappy as a fool with sense and no heart.

If he’s honest, he’ll steal; if he’s human, he’ll murder; if he’s faithful, he’ll deceive.

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

When reason fails, the devil helps!

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

If someone proved to me that Christ is outside the truth, and that in reality the truth were outside of Christ, then I should prefer to remain with Christ rather than with the truth.

What do you think, would not one tiny crime be wiped out by thousands of good deeds?

Every ant knows the formula of its ant-hill, every bee knows the formula of its beehive.

They know it in their own way, not in our way.

Only humankind does not know its own formula.

Grown-up people do not know that a child can give exceedingly good advice even in the most difficult case.

Life is paradise, and we are all in paradise, but we refuse to see it.

Neither man nor nation can exist without a sublime idea.

Compassion was the most important, perhaps the sole law of human existence.