Q – Fyodor Dostoevsky

Fyodor Dostoevsky 1821- 1881 was a Russian novelist and short-story writer, journalist and philosopher, one of the most widely read and highly regarded Russian writers, with his works being translated into over 170 languages.

 

‘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’

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‘To live without Hope is to Cease to live’

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‘There are things which a man is afraid to tell even himself, and every decent man has a number of such things stored away in his mind’

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‘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’

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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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‘Without God all things are permitted’

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‘The cleverest of all, in my opinion, is the man who calls himself a fool at least once a month’

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‘The greatest happiness is to know the source of unhappiness’

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‘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’

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‘It takes something more than intelligence to act intelligently’

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‘Man only likes to count his troubles; he doesn’t calculate his happiness’

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‘Realists do not fear the results of their study’

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‘It is better to be unhappy and know the worst, than to be happy in a fool’s paradise’

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

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

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‘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’

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‘To go wrong in one’s own way is better than to go right in someone else’s’

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‘The soul is healed by being with children’

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‘To love is to suffer and there can be no love otherwise’

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‘If you want to overcome the whole world, overcome yourself’

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‘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’

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

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‘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’

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

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‘When reason fails, the devil helps!’

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‘Grown-up people do not know that a child can give exceedingly good advice even in the most difficult case’

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

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‘Man has it all in his hands, and it all slips through his fingers from sheer cowardice’

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‘The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for’

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‘This is my last message to you: In sorrow, seek happiness’

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