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Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky[a] (/ˌdɒstəˈjɛfski, ˌdʌs-/; Russian: Фёдор Михайлович Достоевский[b], tr. Fyódor Mikháylovich Dostoyévskiy, IPA: [ˈfʲɵdər mʲɪˈxajləvʲɪtɕ dəstɐˈjɛfskʲɪj] (About this soundlisten); 11 November 1821 – 9 February 1881[c]), sometimes transliterated Dostoyevsky, was a Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist, journalist and philosopher. Dostoevsky’s literary works explore human psychology in the troubled political, social, and spiritual atmospheres of 19th-century Russia, and engage with a variety of philosophical and religious themes. His most acclaimed works include Crime and Punishment (1866), The Idiot (1869), Demons (1872), and The Brothers Karamazov (1880). Dostoevsky’s body of work consists of 11 novels, three novellas, 17 short stories, and numerous other works. Many literary critics rate him as one of the greatest psychologists in world literature. His 1864 novella Notes from Underground is considered to be one of the first works of existentialist literature.

Born in Moscow in 1821, Dostoevsky was introduced to literature at an early age through fairy tales and legends, and through books by Russian and foreign authors. His mother died in 1837 when he was 15, and around the same time, he left school to enter the Nikolayev Military Engineering Institute. After graduating, he worked as an engineer and briefly enjoyed a lavish lifestyle, translating books to earn extra money. In the mid-1840s he wrote his first novel, Poor Folk, which gained him entry into St. Petersburg’s literary circles. Arrested in 1849 for belonging to a literary group that discussed banned books critical of Tsarist Russia, he was sentenced to death but the sentence was commuted at the last moment. He spent four years in a Siberian prison camp, followed by six years of compulsory military service in exile. In the following years, Dostoevsky worked as a journalist, publishing and editing several magazines of his own and later A Writer’s Diary, a collection of his writings. He began to travel around western Europe and developed a gambling addiction, which led to financial hardship. For a time, he had to beg for money, but he eventually became one of the most widely read and highly regarded Russian writers.

Dostoevsky was influenced by a wide variety of philosophers and authors including Pushkin, Gogol, Augustine, Shakespeare, Dickens, Balzac, Lermontov, Hugo, Poe, Plato, Cervantes, Herzen, Kant, Belinsky, Hegel, Schiller, Solovyov, Bakunin, Sand, Hoffmann, and Mickiewicz. His writings were widely read both within and beyond his native Russia and influenced an equally great number of later writers including Russians like Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and Anton Chekhov as well as philosophers such as Friedrich Nietzsche and Jean-Paul Sartre. His books have been translated into more than 170 languages.

Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes – Quote Wallpaper

If he's honest, he'll steal; if he's human, he'll murder; if he's faithful, he'll deceive.

If he’s honest, he’ll steal; if he’s human, he’ll murder; if he’s faithful, he’ll deceive.

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Destroy my desires, eradicate my ideas, show me something better, and I will follow you.

Destroy my desires, eradicate my ideas, show me something better, and I will follow you.

The greatest happiness is to know the source of unhappiness.

The greatest happiness is to know the source of unhappiness.

Love a man, even in his sin, for that love is a likeness of the divine love, and is the summit of love on earth.

Love a man, even in his sin, for that love is a likeness of the divine love, and is the summit of love on earth.

It's the great mystery of human life that old grief passes gradually into quiet tender joy.

It’s the great mystery of human life that old grief passes gradually into quiet tender joy.

The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.

The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

The soul is healed by being with children.

The soul is healed by being with children.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

Above all, don't lie to yourself.

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.

Truly great men must, I think, experience great sorrow on the earth.

Truly great men must, I think, experience great sorrow on the earth.

Compassion was the most important, perhaps the sole law of human existence.

Compassion was the most important, perhaps the sole law of human existence.

Neither man nor nation can exist without a sublime idea.

Neither man nor nation can exist without a sublime idea.

Life is paradise, and we are all in paradise, but we refuse to see it.

Life is paradise, and we are all in paradise, but we refuse to see it.

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

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

Every ant knows the formula of its ant-hill

Every ant knows the formula of its ant-hill,
every bee knows the formula of its beehive.
They know it in their own way, not in our way.
Only humankind does not know its own formula.

What do you think, would not one tiny crime be wiped out by thousands of good deeds?

What do you think, would not one tiny crime be wiped out by thousands of good deeds?

If someone proved to me that Christ is outside the truth, and that in reality the truth were outside of Christ, then I should prefer to remain with Christ rather than with the truth.

If someone proved to me that Christ is outside the truth, and that in reality the truth were outside of Christ, then I should prefer to remain with Christ rather than with the truth.

The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.

The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.

When reason fails, the devil helps!

When reason fails, the devil helps!

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