Equality is to be found only in the spiritual dignity of man.

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Profession: Author
Nationality: Russian


Equality is to be found only in the spiritual dignity of man. Fyodor Dostoevsky

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A developed and decent man cannot be vain without a boundless exactingness towards himself and without despising himself at moments to the point of hatred.

There are souls which, in their limitation, blame the whole world. But subdue such a soul with mercy, show it love, and it will cure its past, for there are many good impulses in it.

To whom is he to go if you are not together, mother and father?

But still, if I don't consult a doctor it is from spite. My liver is bad, well—let it get worse!

What exquisite, or rather, what bovine crudity there is in their egoism, an egoism they simply cannot manage to perceive in themselves!

When it comes to depravity, if you want to know, theirs and ours are no different.

Even at sixteen I wondered at them morosely; even then I was struck by the pettiness of their thoughts, the stupidity of their pursuits, their games, their conversations. They had no understanding of such essential things, they took no interest in such striking, impressive subjects, that I could not help considering them inferior to myself.

Brother, I'm not depressed and haven't lost spirit. Life everywhere is life, life is in ourselves and not in the external. There will be people near me, and to be a human being among human beings, and remain one forever, no matter what misfortunes befall, not to become depressed, and not to falter – this is what life is, herein lies its task.

You have only to creep into a secluded corner or into a crocodile, to shut your eyes, and you immediately devise a perfect millennium for mankind.

When you choose an elder, you renounce your own will and yield it to him in complete submission, complete.

By interpreting freedom as the propagation and immediate gratification of needs, people distort their own nature, for they engender in themselves a multitude of pointless and foolish desires, habits, and incongruous stratagems. Their lives are motivated only by mutual envy, sensuality, and ostentation.

Feeling my own humiliation in my heart like the sharp prick of a needle.

This is my last message to you: in sorrow seek happiness. Work, work unceasingly. Remember my words, for although I shall talk with you again, not only my days but my hours are numbered.

For though your mind is active enough, your heart is darkened with corruption, and without a pure heart there can be no full or genuine sensibility.