Money is a kind of freedom that can be felt and heard; it is an inestimable treasure for a man entirely deprived of true liberty.

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Profession: Author
Nationality: Russian

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God is the pain of the fear of death.

And wasn't it all the same whether it was a dream or a reality?

I left proud, but with my spirit crushed.

A kiss on the lips and a dagger in the heart, as in Schiller's Robbers.

But... that's absurd!' he cried, flushing. 'Your poem is in praise of Jesus, not in blame of Him- as you meant it to be.

If you are penitent, you love. And if you love you are of God. All things are atoned for, all things are saved by love...Love is such a priceless treasure that you can redeem the whole world by it, and expiate not only your own sins but the sins of others.

Every man looks out for himself, and he has the happiest life who manages to hoodwink himself best of all.

Whether it's good or bad, it is sometimes very pleasant, too, to smash things.

There is no sin, and there can be no sin on all the earth, which the Lord will not forgive to the truly repentant!

A long while yet will you keep that great mother's grief. But it will turn in the end into quiet joy, and your bitter tears will be only tears of tender sorrow that purifies the heart and delivers it from sin.

The second half of a man's life is made up of nothing but the habits he has acquired during the first half.

I am forty years old now, and you know forty years is a whole lifetime; you know it is extreme old age. To live longer than forty years is bad manners, is vulgar, immoral.

But man is so addicted to systems and to abstract conclusions that he is prepared deliberately to distort the truth, to close his eyes and ears, but justify his logic at all cost.

An incompetent officer can never understand that to apply the law without understanding its spirit is to invite opposition.