Feodor Dostoyevsky


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Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky (11 November 1821 – 9 February 1881), sometimes transliterated Dostoevsky, was a Russian novelist, short story writer, and essayist. Dostoyevsky's literary works explore human psychology in the troubled political, social and spiritual context of 19th-century Russia. Although Dostoyevsky began writing in the mid-1840s, his most memorable works – including Crime and ... more »

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  • ''A real gentleman, even if he loses everything he owns, must show no emotion. Money must be so far beneath a gentleman that it is hardly worth troubling about.''
    Feodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881), Russian novelist. The Gambler, ch. 2 (1866).
  • ''Men do not accept their prophets and slay them, but they love their martyrs and worship those whom they have tortured to death.''
    Feodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881), Russian novelist. Father Zossima, in The Brothers Karamazov, bk. 6, ch. 3, sct. H (1879-1880), trans. by David Magarsh...
  • ''The cleverest of all, in my opinion, is the man who calls himself a fool at least once a month.''
    Feodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881), Russian novelist. Ivan Ivanovich, in "Bobok," A Writer's Diary (1873).
  • ''If the devil doesn't exist and, therefore, man has created him, he has created him in his own image and likeness.''
    Feodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881), Russian novelist. Ivan Karamazov, in The Brothers Karamazov, bk. 5, ch. 4 (published 1879-1888), trans. by David Magar...
  • ''Man, so long as he remains free, has no more constant and agonizing anxiety than find as quickly as possible someone to worship.''
    Feodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881), Russian novelist. Ivan Karamazov, in The Brothers Karamazov, bk. 5, ch. 5 (published 1879-1880), trans. by David Magar...
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