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.
Nothing is more seductive for man than his freedom of conscience. But nothing is a greater cause of suffering.
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?
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.
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.
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