You're getting fat and lazy and can't deny yourself anything—and I call that dirty because it leads one straight into the dirt.

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Profession: Author
Nationality: Russian

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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.

If you chase several hares at once, you won't undertake any one of them.

In the same way, the action Adelaida Ivanovna Miusov was doubtless an echo of foreign influences, the chafings of a mind imprisoned.

Perezvon (the dog) ran about in the wildest spirits, sniffing about first one side, then the other. When he met other dogs they zealously smelt each other over according to the rules of canine etiquette.

The need for beauty and the [artistic] creation which embodies it is inseparable from man, and without it man would possibly not want to live in the world.

Of course boredom may lead you to anything. It is boredom sets one sticking golden pins into people, but all that would not matter. What is bad (this is my comment again) is that I dare say people will be thankful for the gold pins then.

You must agree, for instance, that the Christian faith has only served the rich and noble, so as to keep the lower classes in slavery, isn't that so?

He was hopelessly in debt to his landlady, and was afraid of meeting her.

Happiness lies not in happiness but only in the attempt to achieve it.

I left proud, but with my spirit crushed.

The stupider one is, the closer one is to reality. The stupider one is, the clearer one is. Stupidity is brief and artless, while intelligence wriggles and hides itself. Intelligence is a knave, but stupidity is honest and straight forward.

Fear of aesthetics is the first sign of powerlessness.

Beauty is mysterious as well as terrible. God and devil are fighting there, and the battlefield is the heart of man.

Every one who wants the supreme freedom must dare to kill himself. He who dares to kill himself has found out the secret of the deception. There is no freedom beyond; that is all, and there is nothing beyond. He who dares kill himself is God. Now every one can do so that there shall be no God and shall be nothing. But no one has once done it yet.