Fyodor Dostoyevsky

11 Nov 1821 // 9 Feb 1881

Without Love No One Can Conquer Anything

Everything depends on the rightness and directness of one's motive, everything depends on love. Love is the basis of one's motive, the pledge of its strength. Love conquers cities. Without it no one can conquer anything, except by force, but then there are things that cannot be taken by force. Love is more comprehensible than anything, than any stratagems or diplomatic subtleties. It can be recognized and distinguished at once.

Fiodor Dostoievski, in 'Occasional Writings'


On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."