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Fyodor Dostoyevsky

1821-1881 ,  Russian writer
Fyodor DostoyevskyRussian writer whose psychological penetration into the darkest recesses of the human heart, together with his unsurpassed moments of illumination, had an immense influence on 20th-century literature.
Dostoyevsky is usually regarded as one of the finest novelists who ever lived. Literary modernism, existentialism, and various schools of psychology, theology, and literary criticism have been profoundly shaped by his ideas.

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Neither a person nor a nation can exist without some higher idea. And there is only one higher idea on earth, and it is the idea of the immortality of the human soul.

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

The second half of a man's life is made up of nothing but the habits he has acquired during the first half.

If you want to be respected by others, the important thing is to respect yourself.

The best definition of man is: a being that goes on two legs and is ungrateful.

Is it really not possible to touch the gaming table without being instantly infected by superstition?

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

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

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

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

The more cunning a man is, the less he suspects that he will be caught in a simple thing. The more cunning a man is, the simpler the trap he must be caught in.

Your worst sin is that you have destroyed and betrayed yourself for nothing.

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

Man is unhappy because he doesn't know he's happy. It's only that.

A man who lies to himself, and believes his own lies, becomes unable to recognize truth, either in himself or in anyone else.

I think the devil doesn't exist, but man has created him, he has created him in his own image and likeness.

In most cases, people, even the most vicious, are much more naive and simple-minded than we assume them to be. And this is true of ourselves too.

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.

To be in love is not the same as loving. You can be in love with a woman and still hate her.

To go wrong in one's own way is better than to go right in someone else's.

It takes something more than intelligence to act intelligently.

The best way to keep a prisoner from escaping is to make sure he never knows he's in prison.

Everybody wants to change the world, but nobody thinks about changing himself.

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.

Nothing is easier than to denounce the evildoer; nothing is more difficult than to understand him.

The life of a woman is an endless search for a master.

Without god everything is allowed.

They won't let me ... I can't be ... good!


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