Quotes by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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

Pain & suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on earth.
– Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The soul is healed by being with children.
– Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Love the animals: God has given them the rudiments of thought and joy untroubled.
– Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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

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 Dostoyevsky

Power is given only to him who dares to stoop and take it … one must have the courage to dare.
– Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Yet, I didn’t understand that she was intentionally disguising her feelings with sarcasm; that was usually the last resort of people who are timid and chaste of heart, whose souls have been coarsely and impudently invaded; and who, until the last moment, refuse to yield out of pride and are afraid to express their own feelings to you.
– Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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 Dostoyevsky

Compassion is the chief law of human existence.
– Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others.
– Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Without God all things are permitted.
– Fyodor Dostoyevsky

If you want to overcome the whole world, overcome yourself.
– Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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

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

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