Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Dostoyevsky

One of the greatest novelists of all time is Fyodor Dostoyevsky.  His Brothers Karamazov is the best fiction I have ever read and #1 on my list of novels.  So, in light of my admiration for his skill, I offer these quotes of his writing.
“If God does not exist, then everything is permitted”

“The secret of man's being is not only to live but to have something to live for.”

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

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

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

"The cleverest of all, in my opinion, is the man who calls himself a fool at least once a month."

"There are things which a man is afraid to tell even to himself, and every decent man has a number of such things stored away in his mind."

1 comment:

crazylikeknoxes said...

Long. But one of my favorites:

My friends, pray to God for gladness. Be glad as children, as the birds of heaven. And let not the sin of men confound you in your doings. Fear not that it will wear away your work and hinder its being accomplished. Do not say, "Sin is mighty, wickedness is mighty, evil environment is mighty, and we are lonely and helpless, and evil environment is wearing us away and hindering our good work from being done." Fly from that dejection, children! There is only one means of salvation, then take yourself and make yourself responsible for all men's sins, that is the truth, you know, friends, for as soon as you sincerely make yourself responsible for everything and for all men, you will see at once that it is really so, and that you are to blame for everyone and for all things. But throwing your own indolence and impotence on others you will end by sharing the pride of Satan and murmuring against God.

The Brothers Karamazov, Part II, Book V, Chapter 5