In this post, we are going to see Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes who was a great writer and novelist of Russia. whose works influenced great writers such as Friedrich Nietzsche and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.
Despite being a military engineer by profession, he had an outstanding writing ability.
Dostoevsky full name is Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky. He was born on November 11, 1821, in Moscow. His father’s name is Dr. Mikhail Dostoevsky and his mother’s name is Maria Dostoevskaya.
Dostoevsky was an introvert and over-excitable romantic by nature since childhood.
His parents had introduced him to literature since childhood. He started reading much literature like heroic sagas and Bible from the age of just 3 years. But the novelist Nikolai Gogol had the most influence on him.
His mother died when he was 15 years old. After a few days, he left school and joined Nikolayev Military Engineering Institute.
After graduation, he worked as an engineer and started living a pleasant lifestyle and also used to translate books for extra income.
In the mid-1840s Dostoevsky wrote his first novel, Poor Folk, and it helped him join Saint Petersburg’s literary circles.
In 1849, due to the connection of this literary group, he had arrested and live in a Siberian prison camp for 4 years and give compulsory military service for 6 years.
After the sentence, he worked as a journalist and published non-fiction and fictional writings under the name A Writer’s Diary. After that, he travelled to Western Europe and there he develops a gambling addiction.
Due to gambling, he suffered a lot financially and even begged for money.
But after some time Dostoevsky published many famous novels like Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, Demons, and The Brothers Karamazov. Due to which all their financial problems ended.
He became the most widely read Russian writer. He published about 12 novels, 16 short stories and some other works during his lifetime.
The writings of Fyodor Dostoevsky have also had a great influence on later great writers and philosophers like Friedrich Nietzsche, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and Anton Chekhov.
From this, we can guess how great his work and writing will be.
His work has been praised by many highly influential masterpieces. He is also considered to be one of the greatest novelists in the literature world.
Dostoevsky’s books have been translated into more than 170 languages and have been featured in some films.
This great novelist and writer died on 9 February 1881 at the age of 59 due to a pulmonary haemorrhage in Russian’s Saint Petersburg city. And he was buried near his favourite poets Nikolay Karamzin and Vasily Zhukovsky.
Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes :
I don’t know how to be silent when my heart is speaking. – Dostoevsky
The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him and loses all respect for himself and for others. – Dostoevsky
It’s very pleasant to break something from time to time. – Dostoevsky
Stupidity is brief and artless, while intelligence squirms and hides itself. Intelligence is unprincipled, but stupidity is honest and straightforward. – Dostoevsky
Your worst sin is that you have destroyed and betrayed yourself for nothing. – Dostoevsky
Life is paradise, and we are all in paradise, but we refuse to see it. – Dostoevsky
To think too much is a disease. – Dostoevsky
The darker the night, the brighter the stars. – Dostoevsky
The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for. – Dostoevsky
Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others. – Dostoevsky
A fool with a heart and no sense is just as unhappy as a fool with sense and no heart. – Dostoevsky
Truly great men must experience great sorrow on the earth. – Dostoevsky
Every time you pray, if your prayer is sincere, there will be new feelings and new meaning in it. That will give you fresh courage, and you will understand that prayer is an education. – Dostoevsky
Don’t be overwise; fling yourself straight into life, without deliberation; don’t be afraid – the flood will bear you to the bank and set you safe on your feet again. – Dostoevsky
The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons. – Dostoevsky
It is not the brains that matter most, but that which guides them — the character, the heart, generous qualities, progressive ideas. – Dostoevsky
Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery. – Dostoevsky
Power is given only to him who dares to stoop and take it … one must have the courage to dare. – Dostoevsky
Compassion is the chief law of human existence. – Dostoevsky
One can’t understand everything at once, we can’t begin with perfection all at once! In order to reach perfection one must begin by being ignorant of a great deal. – Dostoevsky
You will burn and you will burn out; you will be healed and come back again. – Dostoevsky
People with new ideas, people with the faintest capacity for saying something new, are extremely few in number, extraordinarily so, in fact. – Dostoevsky
Talking nonsense is the sole privilege mankind possesses over other organisms. – Dostoevsky
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. – Dostoevsky
Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. – Dostoevsky
Nothing has ever been more insupportable for a man and a human society than freedom. – Dostoevsky
It takes something more than intelligence to act intelligently. – Dostoevsky
Dostoevsky Quotes About Love :
What is hell? The suffering of being unable to love. – Dostoevsky
Love is such a priceless treasure that you can buy the whole world with it, and redeem not only your own but other people’s sins. – Dostoevsky
Love in action is a harsh and dreadful thing compared to love in dreams. – Dostoevsky
Dostoevsky Quotes on God :
The deeper the grief, the closer is God! – Dostoevsky
Existentialism isn’t so atheistic that it wears itself out showing that God doesn’t exist. Rather, it declares that even if God did exist, that would change nothing. – Dostoevsky
God and the devil are fighting there and the battlefield is the heart of man. – Dostoevsky
Dostoevsky Demons Quotes :
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. – Dostoevsky
I think the devil doesn’t exist, but man has created him, he has created him in his own image and likeness. – Dostoevsky
Dostoevsky Quotes On Pain And Suffering :
The really great men must have great sadness on earth. – Dostoevsky
It’s the great mystery of human life that old grief passes gradually into quiet tender joy. – Dostoevsky
Dostoevsky Quotes About Happiness :
Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid. – Dostoevsky
Man only likes to count his troubles; he doesn’t calculate his happiness. – Dostoevsky