Fyodor Dostoyevsky Sayings and Quotes

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

The more stupid one is, the closer one is to reality. The more stupid one is, the clearer one is. Stupidity is brief and artless, while intelligence squirms and hides itself. Intelligence is unprincipled, but stupidity is honest and straightforward. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
For, after all, you do grow up, you do outgrow your ideals, which turn to dust and ashes, which are shattered into fragments; and if you have no other life, you just have to build one up out of these fragments. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
If you want to be respected by others, the great thing is to respect yourself. Only by that, only by self-respect will you compel others to respect you. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The darker the night, the brighter the stars, the deeper the grief, the closer is God! Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Love the animals: God has given them the rudiments of thought and joy untroubled. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Without some goal and some effort to reach it, no one can live. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
I believe the best definition of man is the ungrateful biped. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Without some goal and some effort to reach it, no one can live. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Love in action is a harsh and dreadful thing compared with love in dreams. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Lack of originality, everywhere, all over the world, from time immemorial, has always been considered the foremost quality and the recommendation of the active, efficient and practical man. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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
Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Woe to the man who offends a small child! Fyodor Dostoyevsky
God has such gladness every time he sees from heaven that a sinner is praying to Him with all his heart, as a mother has when she sees the first smile on her baby's face. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The more cunning a man is, the less he suspects that he will be caught in a simple thing. The more cunning a man is, the simpler the trap he must be caught in. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The fear of appearances is the first symptom of impotence. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
What do you think, would not one tiny crime be wiped out by thousands of good deeds? Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The most monstrous monster is the monster with noble feelings. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
It's the great mystery of human life that old grief passes gradually into quiet tender joy. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
I was always conscious of that weak point of mine, and sometimes very much afraid of it. I exaggerate everything, that is where I go wrong. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Equality lies only in human moral dignity. ... Let there be brothers first, then there will be brotherhood, and only then will there be a fair sharing of goods among brothers. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The darker the night, the brighter the stars, The deeper the grief, the closer is God! Fyodor Dostoyevsky