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By Anonym 13 Sep

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Ah, Father! That’s words and only words! Forgive! If he’d not been run over, he’d have come home today drunk and his only shirt dirty and in rags and he’d have fallen asleep like a log, and I should have been sousing and rinsing till daybreak, washing his rags and the children’s and then drying them by the window and as soon as it was daylight I should have been darning them. What’s the use of talking forgiveness! I have forgiven as it is!

By Anonym 15 Sep

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Walking along the crowded row He met the one he used to know.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Fyodor Dostoevsky

I am crazy about mysterious things.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Fyodor Dostoevsky

There is no subject so old that something new cannot be said about it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Fyodor Dostoevsky

For I love the empress of my soul. I love and I cannot but love. You yourself see the whole of me. I shall fly to her, fall down before her: you were right to walk past me.. farewell and forget your victim, never trouble yourself more!

By Anonym 15 Sep

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Whoever has experienced the power and the unrestrained ability to humiliate another human being automatically loses his own sensations. Tyranny is a habit, it has its own organic life, it develops finally into a disease. The habit can kill and coarsen the very best man or woman to the level of a beast. Blood and power intoxicate ... the return of the human dignity, repentance and regeneration becomes almost impossible.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Fyodor Dostoevsky

We are born dead, and we are becoming more and more contented with our condition. We are acquiring the taste for it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Fyodor Dostoevsky

But I always liked side-paths, little dark back-alleys behind the main road- there one finds adventures and surprises, and precious metal in the dirt.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Fyodor Dostoevsky

I used to analyze myself down to the last thread, used to compare myself with others, recalled all the smallest glances, smiles and words of those to whom I’d tried to be frank, interpreted everything in a bad light, laughed viciously at my attempts ‘to be like the rest’ –and suddenly, in the midst of my laughing, I’d give way to sadness, fall into ludicrous despondency and once again start the whole process all over again – in short, I went round and round like a squirrel on a wheel.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Fyodor Dostoevsky

After all, bluff and real emotion exist so easily side by side.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Fyodor Dostoevsky

I must have justice, or I will destroy myself. And not justice in some remote and infinite time and space, but here on Earth...I want to see with my own eyes the lamb lie down with the lion and the victim rise up and embrace his murderer. I want to be there when everyone suddenly understands what it has all been about. All the religions of the world are built on this longing, and I am a believer.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Fyodor Dostoevsky

In sinning, each man sins against all, and each man is at least partly guilt for another's sin. There is no isolated sin.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Neither man nor nation can exist without a sublime idea.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Fyodor Dostoevsky

I have in my own life merely carried to the extreme that which you have never ventured to carry even halfway ; and what's more, you've regarded your cowardice as prudence, and found comfort in deceiving yourselves. So that, in fact, I may be even more "alive" than you are. Do take a closer look!

By Anonym 16 Sep

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Eshte e mire letersia, Varenjka, shume e mire eshte. U binda diten e trete te vizitave. Gje me peshe. Ua forcon zemren njerezve, u meson si te jetojne. C'nuk thuhet ne ato shkrime.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Happiness lies not in happiness but only in the attempt to achieve it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Fyodor Dostoevsky

If he has a conscience he will suffer for his mistake. That will be his punishment-as well as the prison.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Fyodor Dostoevsky

But what are years, what are months!" he would exclaim. "Why count the days, when even one day is enough for man to know all happiness.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Fyodor Dostoevsky

It suddenly seemed to me that I was lonely, that everyone was forsaking me and going away from me.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Bad people are to be found everywhere, but even among the worst there may be something good.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Atheism: It seeks to replace in itself the moral power of religion, in order to appease the spiritual thirst of parched humanity and save it; not by Christ, but by force.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Fyodor Dostoevsky

I go to spread the tidings, I want to spread the tidings of what? Of the truth , for I have seen it, have seen it with my own eyes , have seen it in all its glory .

By Anonym 14 Sep

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Life is paradise, and we are all in paradise, but we refuse to see it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Fyodor Dostoevsky

All the Utopias will come to pass only when we grow wings and all people are converted into angels.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Fyodor Dostoevsky

The man who is happy is fulfilling the purpose of existence

By Anonym 13 Sep

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Ah, Misha, he has a stormy spirit. His mind is in bondage. He is haunted by a great, unsolved doubt. He is one of those who don't want millions, but an answer to their questions.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Fyodor Dostoevsky

The essence of religious feeling does not come under any sort of reasoning or atheism, and has nothing to do with any crimes or misdemeanors. There is something else here, and there will always be something else - something that the atheists will for ever slur over; they will always be talking of something else.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Fyodor Dostoevsky

A just cause is not ruined by a few mistakes.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Fyodor Dostoevsky

You’re a gentleman,” they used to say to him. “You shouldn’t have gone murdering people with a hatchet; that’s no occupation for a gentleman.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Fyodor Dostoevsky

For men are made for happiness, and any one who is completely happy has a right to say to himself, 'I am doing God's will on earth.'

By Anonym 13 Sep

Fyodor Dostoevsky

After all, I quite naturally want to live in order to fulfill my whole capacity for living, and not in order to fulfill my reasoning capacity alone, which is no more than some one-twentieth of my capacity for living. What does reason know? It knows only what it has managed to learn (and it may never learn anything else; that isn't very reassuring, but why not admit it?), while human nature acts as a complete entity, with all that is in it, consciously or unconsciously; and though it may be wrong, it's nevertheless alive.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Fyodor Dostoevsky

I used to imagine adventures for myself, I invented a life, so that I could at least exist somehow.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Fyodor 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. And if we understand things too quickly, perhaps we shan't understand them thoroughly.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Imagine that you are creating a fabric of human destiny with the object of making men happy in the end, giving them peace and rest at last. Imagine that you are doing this but that it is essential and inevitable to torture to death only one tiny creature...in order to found that edifice on its unavenged tears. Would you consent to be the architect on those conditions? Tell me. Tell the truth.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Fyodor Dostoevsky

I have no self-respect. But can a man of acute sensibility respect himself at all?

By Anonym 14 Sep

Fyodor Dostoevsky

It was a marvelous night, the sort of night one only experiences when one is young. The sky was so bright, and there were so many stars that, gazing upward, one couldn't help wondering how so many whimsical, wicked people could live under such a sky.

By Anonym 15 Sep

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Filled with rapture, his soul yearned for freedom, space, vastness. Over him the heavenly dome, full of quiet, shining stars, hung boundlessly. From the zenith to the horizon the still-dim Milky Way stretched its double strand. Night, fresh and quiet, almost unstirring, enveloped the earth. The white towers and golden domes of the church gleamed in the sapphire sky. The luxuriant autumn asleep till morning. The silence of the earth seemed to merge with the silence of the heavens and the mystery of the earth touched the mystery of the stars.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Fyodor Dostoevsky

I am strongly convinced that not only too much consciousness but even any consciousness at all is a sickness.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Know, then, that now, precisely now, these people are more certain than ever before that they are completely free, and at the same time they themselves have brought us their freedom and obediently laid it at our feet. It is our doing, but is it what you wanted? This sort of freedom?' Again I don't understand', Alyosha interrupted, 'Is he being ironic? Is he laughing?' Not in the least. He precisely lays it to his and his colleagues' credit that they have finally overcome freedom, and have done so in order to make people happy.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Fyodor Dostoevsky

You are told a lot about your education, but some beautiful, sacred memory, preserved since childhood, is perhaps the best education of all.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Fyodor Dostoevsky

If they drive God from the earth, we shall shelter Him underground. The Brothers Karamazov Mitya (Dmitri) to Aloysha who visits him in prison, Book XI - Ivan, Chapter 4 - A Hymn and a Secret.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Fyodor Dostoevsky

I wanted to pray for an hour, but I keep thinking and thinking, and always sick thoughts, and my head aches - what is the use of praying? - it's only a sin! It is strange, too, that I am not sleepy: in great, too great sorrow, after the first outbursts one is always sleepy. Men condemned to death, they say, sleep very soundly on the last night. And so it must be, it si the law of nature, otherwise their strength would not hold out... I lay down on the sofa but I did not sleep...

By Anonym 14 Sep

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Lying is a delightful thing, for it leads to truth.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Fyodor Dostoevsky

To be acutely conscious is a disease, a real, honest-to-goodness disease.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Fyodor Dostoevsky

At first it was simply liking, Nastenka, but now, now ! I am just in the same position as you were when you went to him with your bundle. In a worse position than you, Nastenka,because he cared for no one else as you do.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Fyodor Dostoevsky

A society should be judged not by how it treats its outstanding citizens but by how it treats its criminals.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Although your mind works, your heart is darkened with depravity; and without a pure heart there can be no complete and true consciousness

By Anonym 16 Sep

Fyodor Dostoevsky

In my opinion, if, as the result of certain combinations, Kepler's or Newton's discoveries could become known to people in no other way than by sacrificing the lives of one, or ten, or a hundred or more people who were hindering the discovery, or standing as an obstacle in its path, then Newton would have the right, and it would even be his duty... to remove those ten or a hundred people, in order to make his discoveries known to mankind. It by no means follows from this, incidentally, that Newton should have the right to kill anyone he pleases, whomever happens along, or to steal from the market every day. Further, I recall developing in my article the idea that all... well, let's say, the lawgivers and founders of mankind, starting from the most ancient and going on to the Lycurguses, the Solons, the Muhammads, the Napoleons, and so forth, that all of them to a man were criminals, from the fact alone that in giving a new law, they thereby violated the old one, held sacred by society and passed down from their fathers, and they certainly did not stop at shedding blood either, if it happened that blood (sometimes quite innocent and shed valiantly for the ancient law) could help them.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Only to live, to live and live! Life, whatever it may be!