Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Russian novelist (1821 - 1881)

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There is nothing easier than lopping off heads and nothing harder than developing ideas.

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Man is tormented by no greater anxiety than to find someone quickly to whom he can hand over that great gift of freedom with which the ill-fated creature is born.

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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.

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There is only one thing that I dread: not to be worthy of my sufferings.

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

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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.

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By interpreting freedom as the propagation and immediate gratification of needs, people distort their own nature, for they engender in themselves a multitude of pointless and foolish desires, habits, and incongruous stratagems. Their lives are motivated only by mutual envy, sensuality, and ostentation.

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Neither man or nation can exist without a sublime idea.

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