I Quote Dostoevsky . . .

by bellasemplicita

These quotes are all from “The Brothers Karamazov” written by Fedor Dostoevsky – another book that everyone needs to read!

People talk sometimes of a bestial cruelty, but that’s a great injustice and insult to the beasts; a beast can never be so cruel as a man, so artistically cruel. The tiger only tears and gnaws, that’s all he can do. He would never think of nailing people by the ears, even if he were able to do it.

 

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.

 

The awful thing is that beauty is mysterious as well as terrible.  God and devil are fighting there , and the battlefield is the heart of man.

 

If the devil doesn’t exist, and man has created him, he has created him in his own image and likeness.

 

Imagine that you are creating a fabric of human destiny with the object of making men happy in the end, giving them peace and rest at last, but that it was essential and inevitable to torture to death only one tiny creature . . . and to found that edifice on it’s unavenged tears, would you consent to be the architect on those circumstances?

 

So long as man remains free he strives for nothing so incessantly and so painfully as to find someone to worship.

 

Men reject their prophets and slay them, but they love their martyrs and honor those whom they have slain.

 

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