Fyodor Dostoyevsky

11 Nov 1821 // 9 Feb 1881


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The Right Word at the Right Time (11)

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 ha...

Truth Building (12)

Thus we have totally forgotten the axiom that truth is the most poetic thing in the world, especially in its pure state. More than that; it is even more fantastic than the ordinary mind is capable of...

Invisible Thoughts (13)

It is known that whole trains of thought sometimes pass instantly through our heads, in the form of certain feelings, without translation into human language, still less literary language... Because...

Man is a Mystery (14)

My soul is no longer susceptible to its former violent impulses. Everything in it is quiet as in the heart of a man who conceals a deep secret. I am learning a good deal about "what is man and what i...

Do You Know What a Dreamer Is? (15)

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.....

Sedentary Life (16)

We have become accustomed to the idea that we do not care anything about anything. We have grown so lazy that we are quite accustomed to having others do things for us, while we get everything ready-...

Anger Experience (17)

How often I have walked up and down the room with the unconscious desire for someone to insult me or to utter some word that I could interpret as an insult in order to vent my anger upon someone. Wom...

Wrong Opinions (18)

Why is it that corpses in their coffins are so heavy? They say it is due to some sort of inertia, that the body is no longer directed by ots owner... or some nonsense of that sort, in opposition to t...

Live Under Any Circumstances (19)

"Where was it", thought Raskolnikov, "where was it I read about a man sentenced to death who, one hour before his execution, says or thinks that if he had to live on some high rock, on a cliff, on a ...
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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."