Superior Quotes #26: Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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The prince says that the world will be saved by beauty! And I maintain that the reason he has such playful ideas is that he is in love.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky


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And why are you so firmly, so triumphantly, convinced that only the normal and the positive--in other words, only what is conducive to welfare--is for the advantage of man?

Is not reason in error as regards advantage? Does not man, perhaps, love something besides well-being? Perhaps he is just as fond of suffering?

Perhaps suffering is just as great a benefit to him as well-being?

Man is sometimes extraordinarily, passionately, in love with suffering, and that is a fact.

Faith does not, in the realist, spring from the miracle but the miracle from the faith.

God preserve you, my dear boy, from ever asking forgiveness for a fault from a woman you love. From one you love especially, however greatly you may have been in fault.

For a woman--devil only knows what to make of a woman: I know something about them, anyway. But try acknowledging you are in fault to a woman. Say, "I am sorry, forgive me," and a shower of reproaches will follow!

Nothing will make her forgive you simply and directly, she'll humble you to the dust, bring forward things that have never happened, recall everything, forget nothing, add something of her own, and only then forgive you. And even the best, the best of them do it. She'll scrape up all the scrapings and load them on your head.

They are ready to flay you alive, I tell you, every one of them, all these angels without whom we cannot live! I tell you plainly and openly, dear boy, every decent man ought to be under some woman's thumb. That's my conviction--not conviction, but feeling. A man ought to be magnanimous, and it's no disgrace to a man!

No disgrace to a hero, not even a Caesar! But don't ever beg her pardon all the same for anything...

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