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Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881) quotes


  • A real gentlemen, 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.
  • Deprived of meaningful work, men and women lose their reason for existence; they go stark, raving mad.
  • Happiness does not lie in happiness, but in the achievement of it.
  • 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.
  • Man, so long as he remains free, has no more constant and agonizing anxiety than find as quickly as possible someone to worship.
  • Men do not accept their prophets and slay them, but they love their martyrs and worship those whom they have tortured to death.
  • Realists do not fear the results of their study.
  • There is no subject so old that something new cannot be said about it.
  • To live without hope is to cease to live.