Fyodor Dostoyevsky

11 Nov 1821 // 9 Feb 1881

The Right Word at the Right Time

A great deal of unhappiness in the world has been caused by bewilderment and the failure to say the right word at the right time. A word that is not uttered at the right time is harmful and always has been so. Why should one class of the population be afraid to be frank with another? What are they afraid of?

Fiodor Dostoievski, in 'Occasional Writings'


On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."