The author of Crime and Punishment, The Idiot and The Brothers Karamazov, among others, kicked the bucket many moons ago, but his words are immortal and thank goodness for that. My favorite quote of his is “Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment.” I will try to rid myself of my constant sense of bewilderment in your honor, Fyodor.
1. If there is no God, everything is permitted.
2. To live without hope is to cease to live.
3. The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.
4. The soul is healed by being with children.
5. Beauty is mysterious as well as terrible. God and devil are fighting there, and the battlefield is the heart of man.
6. What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love.
7. Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.
8. Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid.
9. Men do not accept their prophets and slay them, but they love their martyrs and worship those whom they have tortured to death.
10. 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.
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