Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quotations


The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.
Realists do not fear the results of their study.
Happiness does not lie in happiness, but in the achievement of it.
The secret of man's being is not only to live but to have something to live for.
There is no subject so old that something new cannot be said about it.
If God does not exist, then everything is permitted.
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.
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.
To live without Hope is to Cease to live.
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.
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.
Men do not accept their prophets and slay them, but they love their martyrs and worship those whom they have tortured to death.
Sarcasm: the last refuge of modest and chaste-souled people when the PRIVACY of their soul is coarsely and intrusively invaded.
The greatest happiness is to know the source of unhappiness.
The cleverest of all, in my opinion, is the man who calls himself a fool at least once a month.
If the devil doesn’t exist and, therefore, man has created him, he has created him in his own image and likeness.
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!