Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881)

“Beauty is mysterious as well as terrible. God and devil are fighting there, and the battlefield is the heart of man.”

“To live without hope is to cease to live.”

“Man has such a predilection for systems and abstract deductions that he is ready to distort the truth intentionally, he is ready to deny the evidence of his senses only to justify his logic.”

“Happiness does not lie in happiness, but in the achievement of it.”

“I am a sick man… I am a spiteful man. I am an unattractive man. I believe my liver is diseased.”

“There are moments, you reach moments, when all of a sudden time stops and becomes eternal.”

“If there is no God, everything is permitted.”

“Is the nature of men such, that they can reject miracle, and at the great moments of their life, the moments of their deepest, most agonising spiritual difficulties, cling only to the free verdict of the heart? Oh, Thou didst know that Thy deed would be recorded in books, would be handed down to remote times and the utmost ends of the earth, and Thou didst hope that man, following Thee, would cling to God and not ask for a miracle. But Thou didst not know that when man rejects miracle he rejects God too; for man seeks not so much God as the miraculous. And as man cannot bear to be without the miraculous, he will create new miracles of his own for himself, and will worship deeds of sorcery and witchcraft, though he might be a hundred times over a rebel, heretic and infidel.”

 

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