Fyodor Dostoevsky Sayings and Quotes

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

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. Fyodor Dostoevsky
The more you succeed in loving, the more you'll be convinced at the existence of God and the immortality of your soul. Fyodor Dostoevsky
Sarcasm: the last refuge of modest and chaste-souled people when the privacy of their soul is coarsely and intrusively invaded. Fyodor Dostoevsky
In the realist, faith is not born from miracles, but miracles from faith. Fyodor Dostoevsky
The soul is healed by being with children. Fyodor Dostoevsky
Who doesn't desire his father's death? Fyodor Dostoevsky
The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to such a pass that he cannot distinguish the truth within him. Fyodor Dostoevsky
The cleverest of all, in my opinion, is the man who calls himself a fool at least once a month Fyodor Dostoevsky
Life is in ourselves and not in the external. Fyodor Dostoevsky
One can know a man from his laugh, and if you like a man's laugh before you know anything of him, you may confidently say that he is a good man. Fyodor Dostoevsky
The best way to keep a prisoner from escaping is to make sure he never knows he's in prison. Fyodor Dostoevsky
To love someone means to see him as God intended him Fyodor Dostoevsky
Talking nonsense is man's only privilege that distinguishes him from all other organisms. Fyodor Dostoevsky
Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid. Fyodor Dostoevsky
The greatest happiness is to know the source of unhappiness. Fyodor Dostoevsky
Times of crisis, of disruption or constructive change, are not only predictable, but desirable. They mean growth. Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. Fyodor Dostoevsky
People really do like seeing their best friends humiliated; a large part of the friendship is based on humiliation; and that is an old truth,well known to all intelligent people. Fyodor Dostoevsky
Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others. Fyodor Dostoevsky
The cleverest of all, is the man who calls himself a fool at least once a month. Fyodor Dostoevsky
A novel is a work of poetry. In order to write it, one must have tranquility of spirit and of impression. Fyodor Dostoevsky
The best way to keep a prisoner from escaping is to make sure he never knows he's in prison. Fyodor Dostoevsky
Deprived of meaningful work, men and women lose their reason for existence; they go stark, raving mad. Fyodor Dostoevsky
There are things which a man is afraid to tell even to himself, and every decent man has a number of such things stored away in his mind. Fyodor Dostoevsky
A cultivated and decent man cannot be vain without setting a fearfully high standard for himself, and without despising and almost hating himself at certain moments. Fyodor Dostoevsky
Let us be servants in order to be leaders. Fyodor Dostoevsky
Civilization has made man, if not always more bloodthirsty, at least more viciously, more horribly bloodthirsty. Fyodor Dostoevsky
The best definition of man is: a being that goes on two legs and is ungrateful. Fyodor Dostoevsky
What terrible tragedies realism inflicts on people. Fyodor Dostoevsky
For broad understanding and deep feeling, you need pain and suffering. Fyodor Dostoevsky
Every ant  knows the  formula of its ant-hill, every  bee knows  the formula  of its  beehive. They know it  in their own way, not in our way. Only humankind does not know its own formula. Fyodor Dostoevsky