Quotes by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

"Above all, don't lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love."

"Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on earth."

"To go wrong in one's own way is better than to go right in someone else's."

"What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love."

"The darker the night, the brighter the stars,
The deeper the grief, the closer is God!"


Books by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

  • Poor Folk
  • 19,072 ratings
  • September 1st 2003 by Wildside Press

    (first published 1846)

  • The Gentle Spirit
  • 7,689 ratings
  • June 17th 2004 by Kessinger Publishing

    (first published 1876)

Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Fyodor Dostoyevsky

  • Date of birth: November 11, 1821
  • Died: February 09, 1881
  • Born: in Moscow, Russian Empire.

  • Description: Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky was born in Moscow in 1821. His debut, the epistolary novella Poor Folk (1846), made his name. In 1849 he was arrested for involvement with the politically subversive 'Petrashevsky circle' and until 1854 he lived in a convict prison in Omsk, Siberia. From this experience came The House of the Dead (1860-2). In 1860 he began the journal Vremya (Time). Already married, he fell in love with one of his contributors, Appollinaria Suslova, eighteen years his junior, and developed a ruinous passion for roulette. After the death of his first wife, Maria, in 1864, Dostoyevsky completed Notes from Underground and began work towards Crime and Punishment (1866). The major novels of his late period are The Idiot (1868), Demons (1871-2) and The Brothers Karamazov (1879-80). He died in 1881.

    (Russian: Фёдор Михайлович Достоевский) (see Fiodor Dostoïevski/Fiódor M. Dostoievski).