Fyodor Dostoyevsky Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old fyodor dostoyevsky quotes, fyodor dostoyevsky sayings, and fyodor dostoyevsky proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


The more stupid one is, the closer one is to reality. The more stupid one is, the clearer one is. Stupidity is brief and artless, while intelligence squirms and hides itself. Intelligence is unprincipled, but stupidity is honest and straightforward.      

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

For, after all, you do grow up, you do outgrow your ideals, which turn to dust and ashes, which are shattered into fragments; and if you have no other life, you just have to build one up out of these fragments.     

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

If you want to be respected by others, the great thing is to respect yourself. Only by that, only by self-respect will you compel others to respect you.     

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The darker the night, the brighter the stars, the deeper the grief, the closer is God!     

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others.     

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Love the animals: God has given them the rudiments of thought and joy untroubled.     

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery.     

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

We sometimes encounter people, even perfect strangers, who begin to interest us at first sight, somehow suddenly, all at once, before a word has been spoken.     

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.     

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others.     

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Without some goal and some effort to reach it, no one can live.     

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

I believe the best definition of man is the ungrateful biped.     

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Without some goal and some effort to reach it, no one can live.     

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Love in action is a harsh and dreadful thing compared with love in dreams.     

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Lack of originality, everywhere, all over the world, from time immemorial, has always been considered the foremost quality and the recommendation of the active, efficient and practical man.     

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Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on earth.     

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.     

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Woe to the man who offends a small child!     

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

God has such gladness every time he sees from heaven that a sinner is praying to Him with all his heart, as a mother has when she sees the first smile on her baby's face.     

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.     

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery.     

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The more cunning a man is, the less he suspects that he will be caught in a simple thing. The more cunning a man is, the simpler the trap he must be caught in.     

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.     

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The fear of appearances is the first symptom of impotence.     

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

What do you think, would not one tiny crime be wiped out by thousands of good deeds?      

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The most monstrous monster is the monster with noble feelings.     

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

It's the great mystery of human life that old grief passes gradually into quiet tender joy.     

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

I was always conscious of that weak point of mine, and sometimes very much afraid of it. I exaggerate everything, that is where I go wrong.     

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Equality lies only in human moral dignity. ... Let there be brothers first, then there will be brotherhood, and only then will there be a fair sharing of goods among brothers.     

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The darker the night, the brighter the stars, The deeper the grief, the closer is God!     

Fyodor Dostoyevsky