Quotes by Fyodor Dostoevsky

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.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
Neither man or nation can exist without a sublime idea.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
The second half of a man's life is made up of nothing but the habits he has acquired during the first half.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
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.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
It's in the homes of spiteful old widows that one finds such cleanliness.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
Love a man, even in his sin, for that love is a likeness of the divine love, and is the summit of love on earth.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
If there is no immortality, there is no virtue.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
There are three forces, the only three forces capable of conquering and enslaving forever the conscience of these weak rebels in the interests of their own happiness. They are: the miracle, the mystery and authority..
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
In the end they will lay their freedom at our feet and say to us, 'Make us your slaves, but feed us.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
If it were desired to reduce man to nothing, it would be necessary only to give his work a character of uselessness.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
Man has such a predilection for systems and abstract deductions that he is ready to distort the truth intentionally, he is ready to deny the evidence of his senses only to justify his logic.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
So long as man remains free he strives for nothing so incessantly and painfully as to find someone to worship.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
If the devil does not exist, and man has therefore created him, he has created him in his own image and likeness.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
A just cause is not ruined by a few mistakes.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
Love the animals: God has given them the rudiments of thought and joy untroubled.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
Without a firm idea of himself and the purpose of his life, man cannot live, and would sooner destroy himself than remain on earth, even if he was surrounded by bread.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
The most pressing question on the problem of faith is whether a man as a civilized being can believe in the divinity of the Son of God, Jesus Christ, for therein rests the whole of our faith.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky