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Fyodor Dostoyevsky quotes

Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Fyodor Dostoyevsky (11 November 1821 – 9 February 1881), was a Russian existentialist philosopher. His literary works explore human psychology in the troubled political, social, and spiritual atmosphere of 19th-century Russia. He began writing in his 20s. His major works include Crime and Punishment (1866), The Idiot (1869), Demons (1872) and The Brothers Karamazov (1880). His output consists of 11 novels, three novellas, 17 short novels and numerous other works.

Dostoyevsky is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential novelists of the Golden Age of Russian literature. Albert Einstein put him above the mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss, calling him a “great religious writer” who explores “the mystery of spiritual existence”. Friedrich Nietzsche called Dostoyevsky “the only psychologist … from whom I had something to learn; he ranks among the most beautiful strokes of fortune in my life”. Hermann Hesse enjoyed Dostoyevsky’s work and cautioned that to read him is like a “glimpse into the havoc”.

According to Existentialism, philosophical thinking begins with the human subject—not merely the thinking subject, but the acting, feeling, living human individual. Much of his philosophical work deals with the issues of how one lives as a “single individual”, giving priority to concrete human reality over abstract thinking, and highlighting the importance of personal choice and commitment.

Søren Kierkegaard and Friedrich Nietzsche are other most influential existentialist philosophers.

Below is a list of Inspirational Fyodor Dostoyevsky quotes. All of these Fyodor Dostoyevsky quotes are full of wisdom and, have the power to motivate you.

“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.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“If you want to overcome the whole world, overcome yourself.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“The darker the night, the brighter the stars,
The deeper the grief, the closer is God!”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“Power is given only to him who dares to stoop and take it … one must have the courage to dare.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“The soul is healed by being with children.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Existentialism isn’t so atheistic that it wears itself out showing that God doesn’t exist. Rather, it declares that even if God did exist, that would change nothing.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“Talking nonsense is the sole privilege mankind possesses over the other organisms. It’s by talking nonsense that one gets to the truth! I talk nonsense, therefore I’m human.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“To live without Hope is to Cease to live.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“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.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“This is my last message to you: in sorrow, seek happiness.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“Man only likes to count his troubles; he doesn’t calculate his happiness.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“People speak sometimes about the “bestial” cruelty of man, but that is terribly unjust and offensive to beasts, no animal could ever be so cruel as a man, so artfully, so artistically cruel.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“Beauty will save the world.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“Accept suffering and achieve atonement through it — that is what you must do.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“Above all, avoid falsehood, every kind of falsehood, especially falseness to yourself. Watch over your own deceitfulness and look into it every hour, every minute.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“Right or wrong, it’s very pleasant to break something from time to time.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“I say let the world go to hell, but I should always have my tea.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“The soul is healed by being with children.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“Perhaps I really regard myself as an intelligent man only because throughout my entire life I’ve never been able to start or finish anything.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“Only to live, to live and live! Life, whatever it may be!”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“To go wrong in one’s own way is better then to go right in someone else’s.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“You can be sincere and still be stupid.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“It takes something more than intelligence to act intelligently.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“Compassion is the chief law of human existence.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“Neither a person nor a nation can exist without some higher idea. And there is only one higher idea on earth, and it is the idea of the immortality of the human soul, for all other “higher” ideas of life by which humans might live derive from that idea alone.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“But how could you live and have no story to tell?”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“To achieve perfection, one must first begin by not understanding many things! And if we understand too quickly, we may not understand well.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“We sometimes encounter people, even perfect strangers, who begin to interest us at first sight, somehow suddenly, all at once, before a word has been spoken.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“To love someone means to see them as God intended them.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“The greatest happiness is to know the source of unhappiness.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“To care only for well-being seems to me positively ill-bred.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“Man has it all in his hands, and it all slips through his fingers from sheer cowardice.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“Be the sun and all will see you.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“It is not the brains that matter most, but that which guides them — the character, the heart, generous qualities, progressive ideas.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“It seems, in fact, as though the second half of a man’s life is made up of nothing, but the habits he has accumulated during the first half.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“Grown-up people do not know that a child can give exceedingly good advice even in the most difficult case.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“If you want to be respected by others, the great thing is to respect yourself. Only by that, only by self-respect will you compel others to respect you.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“There are chance meetings with strangers that interest us from the first moment, before a word is spoken.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“Be not forgetful of prayer. Every time you pray, if your prayer is sincere, there will be new feeling and new meaning in it, which will give you fresh courage, and you will understand that prayer is an education.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“Every man has some reminiscences which he would not tell to everyone, but only to his friends.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“Man is sometimes extraordinarily, passionately, in love with suffering.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“If there is no God, everything is permitted.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“Besides, nowadays, almost all capable people are terribly afraid of being ridiculous, and are miserable because of it.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“I love mankind, he said, “but I find to my amazement that the more I love mankind as a whole, the less I love man in particular.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“The characteristics of our romantics are to understand everything, to see everything and to see it often incomparably more clearly than our most realistic minds see it.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“It is better to be unhappy and know the worst, than to be happy in a fool’s paradise.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“The cleverest of all, in my opinion, is the man who calls himself a fool at least once a month.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“I swear to you gentlemen, that to be overly conscious is a sickness, a real, thorough sickness.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“When reason fails, the devil helps!”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“Man is a mystery. It needs to be unravelled, and if you spend your whole life unravelling it, don’t say that you’ve wasted time. I am studying that mystery because I want to be a human being.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“It’s the great mystery of human life that old grief passes gradually into quiet tender joy.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“To love is to suffer and there can be no love otherwise.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“And the more I drink the more I feel it. That’s why I drink too. I try to find sympathy and feeling in drink…. I drink so that I may suffer twice as much!”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“I think the devil doesn’t exist, but man has created him, he has created him in his own image and likeness.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“A hundred suspicions don’t make a proof.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“The awful thing is that beauty is mysterious as well as terrible. God and the devil are fighting there and the battlefield is the heart of man.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“Destroy my desires, eradicate my ideals, show me something better, and I will follow you.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“I could not become anything; neither good nor bad; neither a scoundrel nor an honest man; neither a hero nor an insect. And now I am eking out my days in my corner, taunting myself with the bitter and entirely useless consolation that an intelligent man cannot seriously become anything, that only a fool can become something.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“If you wish to glimpse inside a human soul and get to know a man, don’t bother analyzing his ways of being silent, of talking, of weeping, of seeing how much he is moved by noble ideas; you will get better results if you just watch him laugh. If he laughs well, he’s a good man.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Inspirational Quotes from philosophers

A philosopher is someone who loves of wisdom. The terms “philosopher” and “philosophy” was introduced by the Greek thinker Pythagoras. Philosopher’s are men of wisdom, and they search for the problems of life and their possible solutions. They keep themselves rational and calm under any circumstances. Philosopher’s study ideas such as truth, knowledge, life, reality, existence, values, reason, mind and language, morality etc.

There are and have been many great philosopher’s in the world, and it’s not possible to share there wisdom in a single post. So Below is a list of some Inspirational Quotes from philosophers. These quotes from philosophers is very inspirational and motivational, therefore sharing with you. Let us know what do you think about it.

I will share many more such article’s in future.

Quotes from philosophers Albert camus quote
Albert camus quote

“I don’t know why we are here, but I’m pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves.”
Ludwig Wittgenstein

“Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”
Albert Camus (One of my favorite philosopher. Won Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957.)

“But in the end one needs more courage to live than to kill himself.”
― Albert Camus

“Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.”
― Benjamin Spock

“There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.”
― Socrates

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”
― Aristotle

“A day without laughter is a day wasted.”
― Nicolas Chamfort

Soren Kierkegaard  quotes
Soren Kierkegaard quote

“A thirsty ambition for truth and virtue, and a frenzy to conquer all lies and vices which are not recognized as such nor desire to be; herein consists the heroic spirit of the philosopher.”
― Johann Georg Hamann

“Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.”
― Plato

“Know thyself? If I knew myself, I’d run away.”
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“It is hard enough to remember my opinions, without also remembering my reasons for them!”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

“I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think”
― Socrates

“Nobody ever figures out what life is all about, and it doesn’t matter. Explore the world. Nearly everything is really interesting if you go into it deeply enough.”
Richard Feynman ( He is my Hero, also a physicist. He won 1965 Nobel prize in Physics)

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”
― Confucius

“It is perfectly true, as the philosophers say, that life must be understood backwards. But they forget the other proposition, that it must be lived forwards.”
― Søren Kierkegaard

“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

“Some people talk in their sleep. Lecturers talk while other people sleep”
― Albert Camus

Confucius quote on work
Confucius quote on work

“Simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.”
― Lao Tzu

“Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding… And could you keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy”
― Kahlil Gibran

“When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

“A truth that’s told with bad intent
Beats all the lies you can invent.”
― William Blake

“The flame that burns Twice as bright burns half as long.”
― Lao Tzu,

“Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.”
― Albert Camus

“Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.”
― Bertrand Russell

“If anyone tells you that a certain person speaks ill of you, do not make excuses about what is said of you but answer, “He was ignorant of my other faults, else he would not have mentioned these alone.”
― Epictetus

“The unexamined life is not worth living.”
― Socrates

immanuel kant what is enlightenment
Immanuel Kant what is enlightenment

“Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible.”
― Richard Feynman

“To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.”
― Albert Camus

“I would believe only in a God that knows how to dance.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

“Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”
― Bruce Lee

“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.”
― Heraclitus

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”
― Aristotle

“The easy confidence with which I know another man’s religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.”
― Mark Twain

“It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”
― Socrates

Aristotle quotes
Aristotle quotes

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

“The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.”
― Plato

“When I look at my life and its secret colours, I feel like bursting into tears.”
― Albert Camus

“Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.”
― Albert Camus

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”
― George Bernard Shaw

“What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.”
― Aristotle

“Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know.”
― Lao Tzu

“Time is a game played beautifully by children.”
― Heraclitus

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” ― Oscar Wilde quotes inspirational quotes
Oscar Wilde quotes

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

“Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard, are sweeter”
― John Keats

“Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people we personally dislike.”
― Oscar Wilde

“Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.”
― Plato

“This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.”
― Dalai Lama

“Happiness consists in frequent repetition of pleasure”
― Arthur Schopenhauer

Khalil gibran quotes
Khalil gibran quotes

“Even a soul submerged in sleep
is hard at work and helps
make something of the world.”
― Heraclitus

“It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

“An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

“Things do not change; we change.”
― Henry David Thoreau

“I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.”
― Bertrand Russell

“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.”
― Albert Camus

See Also:-
Baruch Spinoza Quotes

Inspirational Pythagoras Quotes

Rene Descartes quotes

Aristotle’s Biography

Aristotle's  Biography
Aristotle

The most synthetic thinker in the history of thought, tutor of king of kings Alexander the great,the master who gave science to mankind is Aristotle.

He was born in 384 B.C. in the town of stagira, in north east of Greece. Aristotle’s father was a wealthy man of his time as he was the physician and friend of Macedonian king and Alexanders grandfather Amyntas. Aristotle spend most of money to buy manuscripts and he turned his house into a library.Hence Plato called Aristotle’s house “the house of the reader”. In 367 B.C. Aristotle moved south to Athens and this movement of Aristotle towards Athens was just because of the Plato.There he joined the circle of Philosophers, Mathematicians and Politicians under Plato’s leadership. And established him self as an industrious student,a vigorous polemicist ans an independent thinker.

In 343 B.C. king of Macedonia and Alexanders father Philip called Aristotle to tutor his son and this was the moment when this great teacher met with his great student. When Aristotle met Alexander he was a wild youth of thirteen and passionate,epileptic,almost alcoholic. Aristotle taught him the art of living. In a letter to Aristotle,Alexander said,”Foe my part i had rather excel in the knowledge of what is good than in the extent of my power and dominion”.

After tutoring Alexander Aristotle returned to his native place Stagira. In 335 B.C. he went south again to Athens ,where he set up his own school at the Lyceum. And there he explored and taught the entire field of human knowledge logic, metaphysics, ethics,theology, politics, history, aesthetics, psychology, zoology, botany, anatomy astronomy, meteorology and ancient equivalents of physics and chemistry.

Aristotle's  biography
Aristotle teaching Alexander the great

Teaching Alexander the Great gave Aristotle many opportunities and an abundance of supplies. He established a library in the Lyceum which aided in the production of many of his hundreds of books. The fact that Aristotle was a pupil of Plato contributed to his former views of Platonism, but, following Plato’s death, Aristotle immersed himself in empirical studies and shifted from Platonism to empiricism. He believed all peoples’ concepts and all of their knowledge was ultimately based on perception. Aristotle’s views on natural sciences represent the groundwork underlying many of his works.

The data gathered by Aristotle and his assistants in the academy became the groundwork of progress of science.We can say it the text book of knowledge for thousand years and this was nothing less than a miracle. Some ancient authors credit him with hundreds of volumes some with thousands.But what remains is just a part of that great work but still it is a library in itself.This work of Aristotle and his assistants contains almost every field of study.But the philosophical work is the most famous which contains ethics,politics and metaphysics.This great work contains many great errors too.

Unlike his tutor Plato, Aristotle given us many scientific words instead of philosophic words few of them are energy,end ,principle,form,maxim,faculty,mean,category,actuality,motive.

In his meta physics Aristotle says-every thing in the world is moved by an inner urge to become something greater than it is.Everything is both the form or reality which has grown out of something which was its matter or raw material,and it may in turn be the matter out of which still higher forms will grow.So the the man is the form of which the child was the matter,the child is the form and its embryo the matter ,the embryo the form ,the ovum the matter,and so back till we reach in a vague way the conception of matter with out form at all.But such a formless matter would be nothing,for every thing has a form.

Matter in its widest sense is the possibility of form,form is the actuality,the finished reality of matter.Matter obstructs,form constructs.Form is not merely the shape but the shaping force.,an inner necessity and impulse which moulds mere material to a specific figure and purpose,it is the realization of a potential capacity of matter ,it is the sum of powers residing in anything to do,to be ,or to become.Nature is the conquest of matter by form,the constant progression and victory of life.

Like the metaphysics Aristotle had wrote in many other fields like biology,ethics etc. and every work of Aristotle is a triumph and by referring these works by Aristotle and his assistants the science started growing.However every part of the earth had his own philosophers of whom individual works are also useful in development of science but most of the works of those other great men are lost hence they are not highlighted as other philosophers.

In 323 B.C. Alexander died and Athens went wild with joy the Macedonian party was over thrown and Athenian independence was proclaimed.Aristotle felt him self unsafe in Athens and he left Athens saying that he would not give Athens a chance to sin a second time against philosophy.Few months after leaving Athens in 322 B.C. our lonely philosopher died.But his legacy is still with us.

His ethics, though always influential, gained renewed interest with the modern advent of virtue ethics. All aspects of Aristotle’s philosophy continue to be the object of active academic study today. Though Aristotle wrote many elegant treatises and dialogues – Cicero described his literary style as “a river of gold”– it is thought that only around a third of his original output has survived.

More than 2300 years after his death, Aristotle remains one of the most influential people who ever lived. He contributed to almost every field of human knowledge then in existence, and he was the founder of many new fields.

The Italian poet Dante says of Aristotle in the first circles of hell,

I saw the Master there of those who know,
Amid the philosophic family,
By all admired, and by all reverenced;
There Plato too I saw, and Socrates,
Who stood beside him closer than the rest.

Aristotle's Biography
Plato and Aristotle
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