Fyodor M. Dostoevsky
I cannot and will not believe that evil is man’s natural state.
A fool with a heart and no sense is just as unhappy as a fool with sense and no heart.
It seems, in fact, as though the second half of a man’s life is made up of nothing but the habits he has accumulated during the first half.
If you want to be respected by others, the great thing is to respect yourself. Only by that, only by self-respect will you compel others to respect you.
But how could you live and have no story to tell?
But there are other things which a man is afraid to tell even to himself, and every decent man has a number of such things stored away in his mind.
Nothing is more seductive for man than his freedom of conscience. But nothing is a greater cause of suffering.
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