Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Russia
11 Nov 1821 // 9 Feb 1881
Writer

Do You Know What a Dreamer Is?

And do you know what a dreamer is, gentlemen? It is a personified sin, it is a mute, mysterious, gloomy and wild tragedy, with all its frantic horrors, catastrophes, peripeteias and unhappy endings... A dreamer is always a difficult sort of person because he is unpredictable to a degree: sometimes too cheerful, sometimes too gloomy, at times rude, at others very considerable and tender, one moment an egoist and another capable of the most honourable feelings... Is not such a life a tragedy? Is it not a sin, a horror? Is it not a caricature? And are we not all more or less dreamers?

Fiodor Dostoievski, in 'Occasional Writings'
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