Beauty would save the world.
Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Idiot (1868), Part 3, Chapter 5.
Inventors and geniuses have almost always been looked on as no better than fools at the beginning of their career, and very frequently at the end of it also.Fyodor Dostoevsky
Hold your tongue; you won't understand anything. If there is no God, then I am God.Fyodor Dostoevsky
I gave up caring about anything, and all the problems disappeared. And it was after that that I found out the truth . I learnt the truth last November on the third of November, to be precise and I remember every instant since.Fyodor Dostoevsky
The formula 'Two and two is five' is not without its attractions.Fyodor Dostoevsky
All people seem to be divided into 'ordinary' and 'extraordinary'. The ordinary people must lead a life of strict obedience and have no right to transgress the law because they are ordinary. Whereas the extraordinary people have the right to commit any crime they like and transgress the law in any way just because they happen to be extraordinary.Fyodor Dostoevsky
If you were to destroy in mankind the belief in immortality, not only love but every living force maintaining the life of the world would at once be dried up. Moreover, nothing then would be immoral, everything would be lawful, even cannibalism.Fyodor Dostoevsky
'But,' I [Dmitri Karamazov] asked, 'how will man be after that? Without God and the future life? It means everything is permitted now, one can do anything?' 'Didn't you know?' he said. And he laughed. 'Everything is permitted to the intelligent man,' he said.Fyodor Dostoevsky
The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.Fyodor Dostoevsky