Fyodor Dostoevsky

(Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky)

Fyodor Dostoevsky
Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Born: November 11, 1821
  • Died: February 9, 1881
  • Nationality: Russian
  • Profession: Novelist









Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky, sometimes transliterated Dostoyevsky, was a Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist, journalist and philosopher. Dostoevsky's literary works explore human psychology in the troubled political, social, and spiritual atmospheres of 19th-century Russia, and engage with a variety of philosophical and religious themes. His most acclaimed works include Crime and Punishment (1866), The Idiot (1869), Demons (1872) and The Brothers Karamazov (1880). Dostoevsky's oeuvre consists of 11 novels, three novellas, 17 short stories and numerous other works. Many literary critics rate him as one of the greatest psychologists in world literature. His 1864 novella Notes from Underground is considered to be one of the first works of existentialist literature.

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… would not one tiny crime be wiped out by thousands of good deeds? Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
A man who lies to himself, and believes his own lies, becomes unable to recognize truth, either in himself or in anyone else. Human Nature
Equality lies only in human moral dignity. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest ;Human Nature
For a moment, the lie becomes truth. Miscellaneous
Inventors and geniuses have almost always been looked on as no better than fools at the beginning of their career, and very frequently at the end of it also. Public Opinion & Polling
Let there be brothers first, then there will be brotherhood, and only then will there be a fair sharing of goods among brothers. Human Nature
Man has such a predilection for systems and abstract deductions that he is ready to distort truth intentionally, he is ready to deny the evidence of his senses only to justify his logic. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Much unhappiness has come to the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid. Human Nature
Power is given only to those who dare to lower themselves and pick it up. Power
Socialism is not merely the labor question, it is before all things the atheistic question, the question of the form taken by atheism today., the question of the tower of Babel built without God, not to mount to Heaven from earth but to set up Heaven on Earth Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
Starting from unlimited freedom, I conclude with unlimited despotism. Freedom & Liberty
The degree of civilization in a society can by judged by entering its prisons. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
The foundations of society have cracked as a result of the revolutionary reforms....The definitions and boundary lines of good and evil have disappeared. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
The railroads were built at the expense of the destruction of agriculture. Transportation
The socialist who is a Christian is more to be dreaded than a socialist who is an atheist. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
A novel is a work of poetry. In order to write it, one must have tranquility of spirit and of impression. Literature, Writers & Writing ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
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. Money, Coins & Minting
Beauty is mysterious as well as terrible. God and devil are fighting there, and the battlefield is the heart of man. Religion & God
Deprived of meaningful work, men and women lose their reason for existence; they go stark, raving mad. Women ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Happiness does not lie in happiness, but in the achievement of it. Happiness & Unhappiness
If there is no God, everything is permitted. Religion & God
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. Life ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
It is not possible to eat me without insisting that I sing praises of my devourer?
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. Life
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. Happiness & Unhappiness
Man only likes to count his troubles, but he does not count his joys.
Man, so long as he remains free, has no more constant and agonizing anxiety than find as quickly as possible someone to worship.
Men do not accept their prophets and slay them, but they love their martyrs and worship those whom they have tortured to death. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Death
Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid.
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.
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! Power
Realists do not fear the results of their study.
Sarcasm: the last refuge of modest and chaste-souled people when the privacy of their soul is coarsely and intrusively invaded.
The cleverest of all, in my opinion, is the man who calls himself a fool at least once a month.
The formula 'Two and two make five' is not without its attractions.
The greatest happiness is to know the source of unhappiness. Happiness & Unhappiness
The soul is healed by being with children.
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.
There is no subject so old that something new cannot be said about it.
To live without Hope is to Cease to live. Hope
To love someone means to see him as God intended him. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Religion & God
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.