Existentialism isn't so atheistic that it wears itself out showing that God doesn't exist. Rather, it declares that even if God did exist, that would change nothing.

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Profession: Author
Nationality: Russian

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I understand only too well why Russians with means have all made tracks abroad… If the ship is about to sink, the rats are the first to desert it.

Let me tell you, novice, that the absurd is only too necessary on earth. The world stands on absurdities, and perhaps nothing would have come to pass in it without them.

Another circumstance, too, worried me in those days: that there was no one like me and I was unlike anyone else. "I am alone and they are everyone," I thought–and pondered.

Poverty is no crime; always remember that. After all, why should we despair? Our present difficulties will pass away, and God will right us.

Because everyone is guilty for everyone else. For all the 'wee ones,' because there are little children and big children. All people are 'wee ones.' And I'll go for all of them, because there must be someone who will go for all of them.

I am educated enough not to be superstitious, but I am superstitious.

Only to live, to live and live! Life, whatever it may be!

Gloom never forsakes the English...

There's a measure in all things.

Man is a creature who gets used to everything, and that, I think, is the best definition of him.

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.

Hm ... yes ... a man holds the fate of the world in his two hands, and yet, simply because he is afraid, he just lets things drift -- that is a truism ... I wonder what men are most afraid of ...

It was all quite natural, human beings are created in order to torment one another.

His wife, however, happened to be the only woman in his life who failed totally to arouse any passion in him whatsoever.