Paper, they say, does not blush, but I assure you that it's not true and that it's blushing now just as I am blushing all over.

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Profession: Author
Nationality: Russian

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My rheumatism has come in again.

The story may have been exaggerated, yet it must have been something like the truth.

You mustn't ask too much of human endurance, one must be merciful.

The marvel is that such an idea, the idea of the necessity of God, could enter the head of such a savage beast as man. So holy it is, so touching, so wise and so great a credit is to man.

If one waits for everyone to get wiser it will take too long….

I will put up with any mockery rather than pretend that I am satisfied when I am hungry.

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

He loves the process of attaining, but does not quite like to have attained, and that, of course, is very absurd. In fact, man is a comical creature; there seems to be a kind of jest in it all.

If you want to overcome the whole world, overcome yourself.

I am a sick man...I am a spiteful man. I am an unattractive man. I think my liver is diseased. Then again, I don't know a thing about my illness; I'm not even sure what hurts.

Where's the bit about Lazarus? he asked.

Without strength you get nothing. But strength must be won by strength. That's just what they don't know.

And try letting yourself be carried away by your feelings, blindly, without reflection, without a primary cause, repelling consciousness at least for a time, hate or love, if only not to sit with your hands folded.

There's nothing in the world more difficult than candor, and nothing easier than flattery.