15 Dostoevsky Quotes for his 199th Birthday

In honor of Dostoevsky’s birthday, we be bring you 15 quotes that will make you want to dive into reading his work.

Fyodor Dostoevsky (although sometimes you might see his name written as Dostoyevsky) was one of the greatest Russian writers of all time and today would be his 199th birthday. Born on November 11th, 1821, Dostoevsky is said to have influenced other world-famous writers, including William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Frederick Nietzsche, in addition to having Franz Kafka refer to him as a “blood-relative.” However, many readers are hesitant, or shall I say nervous, to dive into Dostoevsky’s work. With such a great reputation preceding him, especially surrounding Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov, it’s easy to become intimidated and assume Dostoevsky’s writing to be too challenging. However, when taking the dive, readers quickly become entranced by his ability to craft characters and stories that leave the reader with a bit more knowledge than they started with. That’s why in honor of Dostoevsky’s birthday, we are bringing you fifteen quotes that will make you want to take that leap and begin reading some of his work.

 

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1. “I can see the sun, but even if I cannot see the sun, I know that it exists. And to know that the sun is there – that is living.”

The Brothers Karamazov

2. “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.”

Crime and Punishment

3. “I say let the world go to hell, but I should always have my tea.”

Notes from Underground

4. “To go wrong in one’s own way is better than to go right in someone else’s.”
Crime and Punishment

5. “What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love.”

The Brothers Karamazov

 

6. “I swear to you gentlemen, that to be overly conscious is a sickness, a real, thorough sickness.”

Notes from Underground

7. “To love someone means to see them as God intended them.”

― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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

Crime and Punishment

9. “Man only likes to count his troubles; he doesn’t calculate his happiness.”

Notes from Underground

10. “The soul is healed by being with children.”

― Fyodor Dostoevsky

 

11. “Right or wrong, it’s very pleasant to break something from time to time.”

― Fyodor Dostoevsky

12. “People speak sometimes about the “bestial” cruelty of man, but that is terribly unjust and offensive to beasts, no animal could ever be so cruel as a man, so artfully, so artistically cruel.”

― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

13. “It takes something more than intelligence to act intelligently.”

Crime and Punishment

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

― Fyodor Dostoevsky

15. “Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.”

The Brothers Karamazov

 

 

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