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Intelligence alone is not nearly enough when it comes to acting wisely.


Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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FYODOR DOSTOYEVSKY
Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid.
FYODOR DOSTOYEVSKY
The fear of appearances is the first symptom of impotence.
FYODOR DOSTOYEVSKY
Be near your brothers. Not just one, but both of them.
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Life had stepped into the place of theory and something quite different would work itself out in his...
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Woe to the man who offends a small child!
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Schoolboys are a merciless race, individually they are angels, but together, especially in schools, ...
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Love animals: God has given them the rudiments of thought and joy untroubled. Do not trouble their j...
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“There are three forces, the only three forces capable of conquering and enslaving forever the con...
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I tell Thee that man is tormented by no greater anxiety than to find some one quickly to whom he can...
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The centripetal force on our planet is still fearfully strong, Alyosha. I have a longing for life, a...
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The more I love humanity in general the less I love man in particular. In my dreams, I often make pl...
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One man doesn't believe in god at all, while the other believes in him so thoroughly that he prays a...
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People with new ideas, people with the faintest capacity for saying something new, are extremely few...
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In a morbid condition, dreams are often distinguished by their remarkably graphic, vivid, and extrem...
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What do you think?" shouted Razumihin, louder than ever, "you think I am attacking them for talking ...
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Truly great men must, I think, experience great sorrow on the earth.
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Do you understand, sir, do you understand what it means when you have absolutely nowhere to turn?" M...
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Only to live, to live and live! Life, whatever it may be!
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Man grows used to everything, the scoundrel!
FYODOR DOSTOYEVSKY
The need for beauty and the [artistic] creation which embodies it is inseparable from man, and witho...
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Man is a mystery. It needs to be unravelled, and if you spend your whole life unravelling it, don't ...
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Yet, I didn't understand that she was intentionally disguising her feelings with sarcasm; that was u...
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To love someone means to see them as God intended them.
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Oh, tell me, who first declared, who first proclaimed that man only does nasty things because he doe...
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Love in action is a harsh and dreadful thing compared to love in dreams.
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They were like two enemies in love with one another.
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Do you know I've been sitting here thinking to myself: that if I didn't believe in life, if I lost f...
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Besides, nowadays, almost all capable people are terribly afraid of being ridiculous, and are misera...
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Отцы и учители, мыслю: "что есть ад?" Рассуждаю
так: "С...
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It's like this,' began the elder. 'All these sentences of hard labour in Siberian prisons, and forme...
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You will say that that was in the comparatively barbarous times; that these are barbarous times too,...
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Science which has become a great power in the lastcentury, has analyzed everything divine handed dow...
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For a woman, all resurrection, all salvation, from whatever perdition, lies in love; in fact, it is ...
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Until you have become really, in actual fact, as brother to everyone, brotherhood will not come to p...
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Indeed, precious memories may remain even of a bad home, if only the heart knows how to find what is...
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I, for instance, was triumphant over everyone; everyone, of course, was in dust and ashes, and was f...
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Not long ago I was much amused by imagining—what if the fancy suddenly took me to kill some one, a...
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But here I should imagine the most terrible part of the whole punishment is, not the bodily pain at ...
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No, it is not a commonplace, sir! If up to now, for example, I have been told to 'love my neighbor,'...
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Milhões de pessoas morreriam de aborrecimento, por falta de imaginação, como sucede às moscas no...
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Lunatics! Vain creatures! They don't believe in God, they don't believe in Christ! Why, you are so e...
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Po ç'pune ke ti, mor zoteri, me çizmet e mia te shqyera dhe me berrylat e mi te grisur?
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Once he went into the mountains on a clear, sunny day, and wandered about for a long time with a tor...
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May it not be that he loves chaos and destruction (there can be no disputing that he does sometimes ...
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My wretched passions were acute, smarting, from my continual, sickly irritability I had hysterical i...
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آیا هیچ می‌دانید که اگر شما گیوتین را به جلو صحنه آورده...
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We've all grown unaccustomed to life, we're all lame, each of us more or less. We've even grown so u...
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Wer sich selbst belügt und seine eigenen Lügen anhört, kommt schließlich soweit, dass er keine W...
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Stupidity is brief and guileless, while wit equivocates and hides. Wit is a scoundrel, while stupidi...
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...The men of those days...were absolutely not the same people that we are now; it was not the same ...
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There are seconds, they come only five or six at a time, and you suddenly feel the presence of etern...
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I suddenly felt that it was all the same to me whether the world existed or whether there had never ...
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A complete atheist stands on the next-to-last upper step to the most complete faith (he may or may n...
FYODOR DOSTOYEVSKY
من منا ﻻ يضل الطريق ومع ذلك نسير جميعًا إلى غاية واحدة ...
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How could I alone have invented it or imagined it in my dream? Could my petty heart and fickle, triv...
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I saw the truth, I saw and I know that people can be beautiful and happy without losing the ability ...
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إن ما يحرك الأحلام فينا هي الرغبة وليس العقل، هو القلب ...
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ما أصعَبَ الأمر على من يعرف الحقيقةَ وحده
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لقد تعلموا الكذب و أحبوه و عرفوا مواطن الجمال فيه ،ربما...
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