But of course that is because I do not respect myself. Can a man of perception respect himself at all? Come, can a man who attempts to find enjoyment in the very feeling of his own degradation possibly have a spark of respect for himself?

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Profession: Author
Nationality: Russian

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No, life is given to me only once, and never will be again—I don't want to sit waiting for universal happiness. I want to live myself; otherwise it's better not to live at all.

Two times two is four is no longer life, gentlemen, but the beginning of death.

The silence of earth seemed to melt into the silence of the heavens. The mystery of earth was one with the mystery of the stars ...

Lord, but why don't you go to this lawyer yourself and tell him the whole business in private? They say he was invited from Petersburg for three thousand.

She'll come, if not today, then tomorrow, but she'll find me. That's the cursed romanticism of all these pure hearts! Oh the vileness, oh the stupidity, oh the narrowness, of these rotten, sentimental souls.

But I always liked side-paths, little dark back-alleys behind the main road- there one finds adventures and surprises, and precious metal in the dirt.

Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart.

Existence alone had never been enough for him; he had always wanted more.

Whoever infringes upon individual 'charity' infringes upon man's nature and scorns his personal dignity.

How will you live, how will you love them? Alyosha cried sorrowfully. With such a hell in your heart and your head, how can you?

Is there suffering on this new earth? On our earth we can truly love only with suffering and through suffering! We know not how to love otherwise. We know no other love. I want suffering in order to love.

Man fears death because he loves life.

If you wish to glimpse inside a human soul and get to know a man, don't bother analyzing his ways of being silent, of talking, of weeping, of seeing how much he is moved by noble ideas; you will get better results if you just watch him laugh. If he laughs well, he's a good man.

This confusion became more and more intense.