Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (11 November 1821 – 9 February 1881) was a Russian novelist, short-story writer, essayist, journalist, and philosopher. Among the greatest novelists of the 19th century, his works are considered profoundly psychological and thematically complex. His exploration of philosophy, with ideas such as existentialism, moral psychology, and nihilism, made him a figure of particular significance to 20th-century thinkers.
Dostoevsky's major works, including the crime novel Crime and Punishment (1866), the political novel Demons (1872), and the philosophical novel The Brothers Karamazov, are all considered masterpieces of literature. His works explore a variety of themes, including the human condition, the psychology of crime, and the role of religion in society.
Dostoevsky's life was marked by tragedy and hardship. He was born into a poor family and was left an orphan at a young age. He was arrested and imprisoned for political activism, and he suffered from epilepsy throughout his life. Despite these challenges, Dostoevsky produced some of the most enduring and influential works of literature in the Russian language.
Some of Dostoevsky's most famous quotes include:
"There is nothing more unbearable than to feel completely alone; not even the company of bad people can be so overwhelming as isolation."
"Man is a creature of habit. Once he becomes accustomed to something, he thinks he could not live without it."
"What man seeks is simply to live for himself, with all his being and to develop all his potentialities fully."
"Love is not in the object but in the eye that sees it."
"Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world."
Dostoevsky's works continue to be read and studied around the world today. He is considered one of the greatest novelists of all time.
Here are some of Dostoevsky's most famous works: