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Quote: If you happen to have a wart on your nose or forehead, you cannot help imagining that no one in the world has anything else to do but stare at your wart, laugh at it, and condemn you for it, even though you have discovered America. by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Fyodor Dostoevsky with quote

If you happen to have a wart on your nose or forehead, you cannot help imagining that no one in the world has anything else to do but stare at your wart, laugh at it, and condemn you for it, even though you have discovered America.


Quote: Since man cannot live without miracles, he will provide himself with miracles of his own making. He will believe in witchcraft and sorcery, even though he may otherwise be a heretic, an atheist, and a rebel. by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Fyodor Dostoevsky with quote

Since man cannot live without miracles, he will provide himself with miracles of his own making. He will believe in witchcraft and sorcery, even though he may otherwise be a heretic, an atheist, and a rebel.


Quote: To return to their 'native soil,' as they say, to the bosom, so to speak, of their mother earth, like frightened children, yearning to fall asleep on the withered bosom of their decrepit mother, and to sleep there for ever, only to escape the horrors that terrify them. by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of Fyodor Dostoevsky quote; white text on black background

To return to their 'native soil,' as they say, to the bosom, so to speak, of their mother earth, like frightened children, yearning to fall asleep on the withered bosom of their decrepit mother, and to sleep there for ever, only to escape the horrors that terrify them.


Quote: Every blade of grass, every insect, ant, and golden bee, all so amazingly know their path, though they have not intelligence, they bear witness to the mystery of God and continually accomplish it themselves. by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Fyodor Dostoevsky with quote

Every blade of grass, every insect, ant, and golden bee, all so amazingly know their path, though they have not intelligence, they bear witness to the mystery of God and continually accomplish it themselves.




Quote: An anguish of longing would boil up inside me; a hysterical thirst for contradictions and contrasts would appear, and I would embark on dissipations. by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Fyodor Dostoevsky with quote

An anguish of longing would boil up inside me; a hysterical thirst for contradictions and contrasts would appear, and I would embark on dissipations.


Quote: 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. by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Fyodor Dostoevsky with quote

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.


Quote: Know that I've forgotten precisely nothing; but I've driven it all out of my head for a time, even the memories -- until I've radically improved my circumstances. Then...then you'll see, I'll rise from the dead! by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Fyodor Dostoevsky with quote

Know that I've forgotten precisely nothing; but I've driven it all out of my head for a time, even the memories -- until I've radically improved my circumstances. Then...then you'll see, I'll rise from the dead!


Quote: Without God all things are permitted. by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Fyodor Dostoevsky with quote

Without God all things are permitted.


Quote: Killing myself was a matter of such indifference to me that I felt like waiting for a moment when it would make some difference. by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Fyodor Dostoevsky with quote

Killing myself was a matter of such indifference to me that I felt like waiting for a moment when it would make some difference.


Quote: It is amazing what one ray of sunshine can do for a man! by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Fyodor Dostoevsky with quote

It is amazing what one ray of sunshine can do for a man!


Quote: Obedience, fasting, and prayer are laughed at, yet only through them lies the way to real true freedom. I cut off my superfluous and unnecessary desires, I subdue my proud and wanton will and chastise it with obedience, and with God's help I attain freedom of spirit and with it spiritual joy. by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of Fyodor Dostoevsky quote: Obedience, fasting, and prayer are laughed at, yet only through them lies the way to real true freedom. I cut off my superfluous and unnecessary desires, I subdue my proud and wanton will and chastise it with obedience, and with God's help I attain freedom of spirit and with it spiritual joy.- black text on quotes background

Obedience, fasting, and prayer are laughed at, yet only through them lies the way to real true freedom. I cut off my superfluous and unnecessary desires, I subdue my proud and wanton will and chastise it with obedience, and with God's help I attain freedom of spirit and with it spiritual joy.


Quote: Be not forgetful of prayer. Every time you pray, if your prayer is sincere, there will be new feeling and new meaning in it, which will give you fresh courage, and you will understand that prayer is an education. by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Fyodor Dostoevsky with quote

Be not forgetful of prayer. Every time you pray, if your prayer is sincere, there will be new feeling and new meaning in it, which will give you fresh courage, and you will understand that prayer is an education.


Quote: Lack of originality, everywhere, all over the world, from time immemorial, has always been considered the foremost quality and the recommendation of the active, efficient and practical man. by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Fyodor Dostoevsky with quote

Lack of originality, everywhere, all over the world, from time immemorial, has always been considered the foremost quality and the recommendation of the active, efficient and practical man.


Quote: Oh, if only I did nothing simply as a result of laziness. by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Fyodor Dostoevsky with quote

Oh, if only I did nothing simply as a result of laziness.


Quote: To be too conscious is an illness. A real thorough going illness. by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Fyodor Dostoevsky with quote

To be too conscious is an illness. A real thorough going illness.


Quote: From a hundred rabbits you can't make a horse. by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Fyodor Dostoevsky with quote

From a hundred rabbits you can't make a horse.


Quote: He was one of the numerous and varied legion of dullards, of half-animated abortions, conceited, half-educated coxcombs, who attach themselves to the idea most in fashion only to vulgarize it and who caricature every cause they serve, however sincerely. by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Fyodor Dostoevsky with quote

He was one of the numerous and varied legion of dullards, of half-animated abortions, conceited, half-educated coxcombs, who attach themselves to the idea most in fashion only to vulgarize it and who caricature every cause they serve, however sincerely.


Quote: If you wish to glimpse inside a human soul and get to know a man ... just watch him laugh. If he laughs well, he's a good man. by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Fyodor Dostoevsky with quote

If you wish to glimpse inside a human soul and get to know a man ... just watch him laugh. If he laughs well, he's a good man.


Quote: Man is a mystery. It needs to be unravelled, and if you spend your whole life unravelling it, don't say that you've wasted time. I am studying that mystery because I want to be a human being. by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Fyodor Dostoevsky with quote

Man is a mystery. It needs to be unravelled, and if you spend your whole life unravelling it, don't say that you've wasted time. I am studying that mystery because I want to be a human being.


Quote: Let it not be a beautiful face,' I thought, 'but to make up for that, let it be a noble, an expressive, and, above all, an extremely intelligent one. by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Fyodor Dostoevsky with quote

Let it not be a beautiful face,' I thought, 'but to make up for that, let it be a noble, an expressive, and, above all, an extremely intelligent one.


Quote: The fear of appearances is the first symptom of impotence. by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Fyodor Dostoevsky with quote

The fear of appearances is the first symptom of impotence.


Quote: I believe the best definition of man is the ungrateful biped. by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Fyodor Dostoevsky with quote

I believe the best definition of man is the ungrateful biped.


Quote: The secret of man's being is not only to live but to have something to live for. by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Fyodor Dostoevsky with quote

The secret of man's being is not only to live but to have something to live for.


Quote: A true friend of mankind whose heart has but once quivered in compassion over the sufferings of the people, will understand and forgive all the impassable alluvial filth in which they are submerged, and will be able to discover the diamonds in the filth. by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Fyodor Dostoevsky with quote

A true friend of mankind whose heart has but once quivered in compassion over the sufferings of the people, will understand and forgive all the impassable alluvial filth in which they are submerged, and will be able to discover the diamonds in the filth.


Quote: It is not as a child that I believe and confess Jesus Christ. My hosanna is born of a furnace of doubt. by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Fyodor Dostoevsky with quote

It is not as a child that I believe and confess Jesus Christ. My hosanna is born of a furnace of doubt.


Quote: The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to such a pass that he cannot distinguish the truth within him. by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Fyodor Dostoevsky with quote

The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to such a pass that he cannot distinguish the truth within him.


Quote: Above all, don't lie to yourself. by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Fyodor Dostoevsky with quote

Above all, don't lie to yourself.


Quote: Anyhow, with some people everything always turns out right, and with others it's like nothing in the world. by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Fyodor Dostoevsky with quote

Anyhow, with some people everything always turns out right, and with others it's like nothing in the world.


Quote: I love the sticky leaves in spring, the blue sky -- that's all it is. It's not a matter of intellect or logic, it's loving with one's inside, with one's stomach. by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Fyodor Dostoevsky with quote

I love the sticky leaves in spring, the blue sky -- that's all it is. It's not a matter of intellect or logic, it's loving with one's inside, with one's stomach.


Quote: Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. Once you perceive it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day. And you will come at last to love the whole world with an all-embracing love. by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of Fyodor Dostoevsky quote; white text on black background

Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. Once you perceive it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day. And you will come at last to love the whole world with an all-embracing love.




Quote: I am a fool with a heart but no brains, and you are a fool with brains but no heart; and we're both unhappy, and we both suffer. by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Fyodor Dostoevsky with quote

I am a fool with a heart but no brains, and you are a fool with brains but no heart; and we're both unhappy, and we both suffer.


Quote: A fool with a heart and no sense is just as unhappy as a fool with sense and no heart. by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Fyodor Dostoevsky with quote

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


Quote: In sinning, each man sins against all, and each man is at least partly guilt for another's sin. There is no isolated sin. by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Fyodor Dostoevsky with quote

In sinning, each man sins against all, and each man is at least partly guilt for another's sin. There is no isolated sin.


Quote: He longed to revenge himself on everyone for his own unseemliness. by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Fyodor Dostoevsky with quote

He longed to revenge himself on everyone for his own unseemliness.


Quote: And it has always been a mystery, and I've marveled a thousand times at this ability of man (and, it seems, of the Russian man above all) to cherish the highest ideal in his soul alongside the greatest baseness, and all that in perfect sincerity. -- The Adolescent (or, The Raw Youth). by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of Fyodor Dostoevsky quote: And it has always been a mystery, and I've marveled a thousand times at this ability of man (and, it seems, of the Russian man above all) to cherish the highest ideal in his soul alongside the greatest baseness, and all that in perfect sincerity. -- The Adolescent (or, The Raw Youth).- black text on quotes background

And it has always been a mystery, and I've marveled a thousand times at this ability of man (and, it seems, of the Russian man above all) to cherish the highest ideal in his soul alongside the greatest baseness, and all that in perfect sincerity. -- The Adolescent (or, The Raw Youth).


Quote: It was a sad and dismal day today, rainy, without a ray of hope, just like the long days of my old age which I know will be as sad and dismal. by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Fyodor Dostoevsky with quote

It was a sad and dismal day today, rainy, without a ray of hope, just like the long days of my old age which I know will be as sad and dismal.


Quote: For, after all, you do grow up, you do outgrow your ideals, which turn to dust and ashes, which are shattered into fragments; and if you have no other life, you just have to build one up out of these fragments. by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Fyodor Dostoevsky with quote

For, after all, you do grow up, you do outgrow your ideals, which turn to dust and ashes, which are shattered into fragments; and if you have no other life, you just have to build one up out of these fragments.

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For, after all, you do grow up, you do outgrow your ideals, which turn to dust and ashes, which are shattered into fragments; and if you have no other life, you just have to build one up out of these fragments. And all the time your soul is craving and longing for something else. And in vain does the dreamer rummage about in his old dreams, raking them over as though they were a heap of cinders, looking in these cinders for some spark, however tiny, to fan it into a flame so as to warm his chilled blood by it and revive in it all that he held so dear before, all that touched his heart, that made his blood course through his veins, that drew tears from his eyes, and that so splendidly deceived him!


Quote: There is something spiteful and yet open-hearted about you. by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Fyodor Dostoevsky with quote

There is something spiteful and yet open-hearted about you.


Quote: Nature doesn't ask your permission; it doesn't care about your wishes, or whether you like its laws or not. You're obliged to accept it as it is, and consequently all its results as well. by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Fyodor Dostoevsky with quote

Nature doesn't ask your permission; it doesn't care about your wishes, or whether you like its laws or not. You're obliged to accept it as it is, and consequently all its results as well.


Quote: The darker the night, the brighter the stars, 
 The deeper the grief, the closer is God! by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Fyodor Dostoevsky with quote

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


Quote: Don't let us forget that the causes of human actions are usually immeasurably more complex and varied than our subsequent explanations of them. by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Fyodor Dostoevsky with quote

Don't let us forget that the causes of human actions are usually immeasurably more complex and varied than our subsequent explanations of them.


Quote: Love children especially, for they too are sinless like the angels; they live to soften and purify our hearts and, as it were, to guide us. by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Fyodor Dostoevsky with quote

Love children especially, for they too are sinless like the angels; they live to soften and purify our hearts and, as it were, to guide us.


Quote: Love the animals: God has given them the rudiments of thought and joy untroubled. by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Fyodor Dostoevsky with quote

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


Quote: Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery. by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Fyodor Dostoevsky with quote

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


Quote: If you want to overcome the whole world, overcome yourself. by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Fyodor Dostoevsky with quote

If you want to overcome the whole world, overcome yourself.


Quote: There is no subject so old that something new cannot be said about it. by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Fyodor Dostoevsky with quote

There is no subject so old that something new cannot be said about it.


Quote: Men do not accept their prophets and slay them, but they love their martyrs and worship those whom they have tortured to death. by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Fyodor Dostoevsky with quote

Men do not accept their prophets and slay them, but they love their martyrs and worship those whom they have tortured to death.


Quote: A novel is a work of poetry. In order to write it, one must have tranquility of spirit and of impression. by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Fyodor Dostoevsky with quote

A novel is a work of poetry. In order to write it, one must have tranquility of spirit and of impression.


Quote: To love someone means to see him as God intended him. by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Fyodor Dostoevsky with quote

To love someone means to see him as God intended him.


Quote: Happiness does not lie in happiness, but in the achievement of it. by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Fyodor Dostoevsky with quote

Happiness does not lie in happiness, but in the achievement of it.


Quote: 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. by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Fyodor Dostoevsky with quote

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.


Quote: The formula 'Two and two make five' is not without its attractions. by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Fyodor Dostoevsky with quote

The formula 'Two and two make five' is not without its attractions.


Quote: Beauty is mysterious as well as terrible. God and devil are fighting there, and the battlefield is the heart of man. by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Fyodor Dostoevsky with quote

Beauty is mysterious as well as terrible. God and devil are fighting there, and the battlefield is the heart of man.


Quote: 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. by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Fyodor Dostoevsky with quote

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.


Quote: Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid. by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Fyodor Dostoevsky with quote

Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid.


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