Quotes by Fyodor Dostoevsky

It is not the brains that matter most, but that which guides them -- the character, the heart, generous qualities, progressive ideas.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
Beauty is mysterious as well as terrible. God and devil are fighting there, and the battlefield is the heart of man.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
Deprived of meaningful work, men and women lose their reason for existence; they go stark, raving mad.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
Happiness does not lie in happiness, but in the achievement of it.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
If there is no God, everything is permitted.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
Innovators and men of genius have almost always been regarded as fools at the beginning (and very often at the end) of their careers.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
It is not possible to eat me without insisting that I sing praises of my devourer?
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
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.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
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.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
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.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
Realists do not fear the results of their study.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
Sarcasm: the last refuge of modest and chaste-souled people when the privacy of their soul is coarsely and intrusively invaded.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
The formula 'Two and two make five' is not without its attractions.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
The greatest happiness is to know the source of unhappiness.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
The soul is healed by being with children.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
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.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
There is no subject so old that something new cannot be said about it.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
To live without Hope is to Cease to live.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
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.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky