You will say that that was in the comparatively barbarous times; that these are barbarous times too, because also, comparatively speaking, pins are stuck in even now; that though man has now learned to see more clearly than in barbarous ages, he is still far from having learnt to act as reason and science would dictate.

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Profession: Author
Nationality: Russian

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But maybe there isn't any God.

The morning was so damp and misty.

I have learned from bitter experience how misleading appearances often are, and that a snake sometimes lies hidden under flowers.

I could never understand how one can love one's neighbours. It's just one's neighbours, to my mind, that one can't love, though one might love those at a distance.

His nervous shudder had passed into a fever that made him feel shivering; in spite of the heat he felt cold.

Lying is a delightful thing for it leads to the truth.

And he even began blubbering. He was sentimental. He was wicked and sentimental.

Education has nothing whatever to do with moral deterioration; and if one must admit that it develops a resolute spirit among the people, that is far from being a defect.

Petersburg, the most theoretical and intentional town on the whole terrestrial globe.

One of the prisoners, Grigoryev, went mad as soon as he was untied, and never regained his sanity.

It's not miracles that generate faith, but faith that generates miracles.

She is passion embodied, a flower of melodrama in eternal bloom.

Everything will come in due course, if you have the gumption to wait for it.

It is easier for a Russian to become an Atheist, than for any other nationality in the world. And not only does a Russian 'become an Atheist,' but he actually BELIEVES IN Atheism, just as though he had found a new faith, not perceiving that he has pinned his faith to a negation. Such is our anguish of thirst!