Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Literary Birthday – 11 November – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Fyodor Dostoyevsky was born 11 November 1821, and died 9 February 1881.


  1. Above all, don’t lie to yourself.
  2. Beauty is mysterious as well as terrible. God and devil are fighting there, and the battlefield is the heart of man.
  3. The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.
  4. Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery.
  5. You can be sincere and still be stupid.
  6. Sarcasm: the last refuge of modest and chaste-souled people when the privacy of their soul is coarsely and intrusively invaded.
  7. Man only likes to count his troubles; he doesn’t calculate his happiness.
  8. The soul is healed by being with children.
  9. The cleverest of all, in my opinion, is the man who calls himself a fool at least once a month.
  10. Deprived of meaningful work, men and women lose their reason for existence; they go stark, raving mad.
  11. 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.
  12. To love someone means to see them as God intended them.
  13. Realists do not fear the results of their study.
  14. Right or wrong, it’s very pleasant to break something from time to time.
  15. 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 was a Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist, and philosopher. His works include Crime and PunishmentThe Idiot, and The Brothers Karamazov. He wrote 11 novels, three novellas, and 17 short novels.

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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 11th November 2013