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Demons Or The Possessed Literary Quotes(1872) - Fyodor DostoevskyRating Mail
Man is unhappy because he doesn't know he's happy. It's only that.
[Part II:V, Ch.1]
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Hold your tongue; you won't understand anything. If there is no God, then I am God.
[Kirilov, Part III, ch. VI, "A busy night"]
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What may not be done by habit?
[Part I:I, Ch.1]
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There are strange friendships. The two friends are always ready to fly at one another, and go on like that all their lives, and yet they cannot separate. Parting, in fact, is utterly impossible. The one who has begun the quarrel and separated will be the first to fall ill and even die, perhaps, if the separation comes off.
[Part:III, Ch.1]
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Nationalism has never existed among us except as a distraction for gentlemen's clubs, and Moscow ones at that.
[Part I:IX, Ch.1]
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Stepan Trofimovitch succeeded in reaching the deepest chords in his pupil's heart, and had aroused in him a first vague sensation of that eternal sacred yearning which some elect souls can never give up for cheap gratification when once they have tasted and known it.
[Part I:I, Ch.2]
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Russian Atheism has never gone further than making a joke.
[Part I:Ch.4]
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"I haven't answered, why? You insist on an answer, why?" repeated the captain, winking. "That little word 'why' has run through all universe from the first day of creation, and all nature cries every minute to its creator: "Why?" And for seven thousand years it has had no answer, and must Captain Lebyadkin alone answer? And is that justice, madam?"
[Part I:Ch.5]
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you know real genuine sorrow will sometimes make even a phenomenally frivolous, unstable man solid and stoical; for a short time at any rate; what's more, even fools are by genuine sorrow turned into wise men, also only for a short time of course; it is characteristic of sorrow.
[Part I:VII, Ch.5]
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My dear, the real truth is always improbable, do you know that? To make truth sound probable you must always mix in some falsehood with it. Men have always done so. Perhaps there's something in it that passes our understanding.
[Part II:II, Ch.1]
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(French Cleverness)If you have the guillotine in the foreground of your programme and are so enthusiastic about it too, it's simply because nothing's easier than cutting of heads, and nothing's harder than to have an idea
[Part II:II, Ch.1]
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There is no more better dodge than one's own character, because no one believes in it.
[Part II:III, Ch.1]
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When all mankind attains happiness then there will be no more time, for there'll be no need of it
[Part II:V, Ch.1]
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He who teaches that all are good will end the world(Shatov). He who taught it was crucified(stavrogin)
[Part II:V, Ch.1]
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A man who is not orthodox could not be Russian
[Part II:VII, Ch.1]
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If France is in agonies now it's simply the fault of Catholicism, for she has rejected the inquitous God of Rome and has not found a new one.
[Part II:VII, Ch.1]
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Socialism from its very nature bound to be atheism(Shatov)
[Part II:VII, Ch.1]
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It's a sign of the decay of nations when they begin to have gods in common. When gods begin to be common to several nations the gods are dying and the faith in them, together with the nations themselves. The stronger a people the more individual their God.
[Part II:VII, Ch.1]
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Reason never had the power to define good and evil.
[Part II:VII, Ch.1]
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France throughout her long history was only the incarnation and development of the Roman God, and if they have at last flung their Roman god into the abyss and plunged into atheism, which, for the time being, they call socialism, it is solely because socialism is, anyway healthier than Roman Catholicism.
[Part II:VII, Ch.1]
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It seems, in fact, as though the second half of a man's life is usually made up of nothing but the habits he has accumulated during the first half.
[Part II:II, Ch.2]
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One must really be a great man to be able to make a stand even against common sense.
[Part II:II, Ch.2]
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Anyone is worthy of an umbrella(stavrogin). At one stroke you define the minimum of human rights(Lebyadkin)
[Part II:II, Ch.2]
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In every misfortune of one's neighbour there is something cheering for an onlooker - whoever he may be.
[Part II:II, Ch.5]
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You know, amongst us socialism spreads principally through sentimentalism.(Pyotr Stepanovitch)
[Part II:VII, Ch. 6]
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