Fyodor Dostoevsky

1821 - 1881

A Quote by Fyodor Dostoevsky on paradise, purity, nature, gifts, and life

Look around you at the gifts of God, the clear sky, the pure air, the tender grass, the birds; nature is beautiful and sinless, and we, only we, are godless and foolish, and we don't understand that life is a paradise, for we have only to understand that and it will at once be fulfilled in all its beauty, we shall embrace each other and weep.

Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821 - 1881)

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A Quote by Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky

I am a sick man...I am a wicked man. An unattractive man.  I think my liver hurts.  However, i don't know a fig about my sickness, and am not sure what it is that hurts me.  I am not being treated and never have been, though I respect medicine.  What's more, I am also superstitious in the extreme; well, at least enough to respect medicine.

Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821 - 1881)

Source: Notes from the Underground (Dover Thrift Editions), Pages: 1

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A Quote by Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky on originality, creativity, compliance, society, yes man, surrender, and career

What tender and devoted mother wouldn't be dismayed and ill with terror at her son's or daughter's stepping even one hair's breath off the beaten track. No, better let him be happy and live in comfort without originality, is what every mother thinks when she rocks the cradle. The only person among us who can fail to reach the general's rank is the original man - in other words, the man who won't be quiet.

Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821 - 1881)

Source: The Idiot

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A Quote by Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky on consciousness, altered states, epilepsy, seizure, and enlightenment

FD suffered epletic "fits" (as they were known then). In 'The Idiot', he writes of his experience in the third person.

"He remembered that he always had one minute just before the epleptic fit when suddenly in the midst of sadness, spiritual darkness and oppression, there seemed at moments a flash of light in his brain, and with extraordinary impetus all his vital forces suddenly began working at their highest tension. The sense of life, the consciousness of self,  were multiplied ten times at these moments which passed like a flash of lightning. His mind and heart were flooded with extraordinary light... But these moments, these flashes, were only the prelude of that final second in which the fit began."

FD went on to say that regardless of the "abnormalcy" of his disease that those moments were of "the highest form of existence" and "the acme of harmony and beauty". He concludes with a Rumiesque phrase.

"at the very last conscious moment before the fit began, he had time to say to himself clearly and consciously, "Yes, for this moment one might give one's whole life!"

Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821 - 1881)

Source: The Idiot

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A Quote by Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky on dostoevsky, faith, miracles, the miraculous, faithfulness, realism, and realist

In the realist, faith is not born from miracles, but miracles from faith. 

Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821 - 1881)

Source: The Brothers Karamazov

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A Quote by Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky

Thus, as a result of heightened consciousness, a man feels as if it's all right if he's bad as long as he knows it- as though that were any consolation.

Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821 - 1881)

Source: Notes from the Underground (Dover Thrift Editions)

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A Quote by Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky on fear and people

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.

Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821 - 1881)

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A Quote by Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky on cooking

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To cook your hare you must first catch it.

Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821 - 1881)

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A Quote by Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky on fear and people

Taking a new step, uttering a new word is what people fear most

Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821 - 1881)

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A Quote by Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky on animals, divinity, god, love, mystery, perception, and plants

Love all God's creatures, the animals, the plants. Love everything to perceive the divine mystery in all.

Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821 - 1881)

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