Brothers Karamazov Quotes

20 of the best book quotes from Brothers Karamazov
  1. #1
    “The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to such a pass that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love, and in order to occupy and distract himself without love he gives way to passions and coarse pleasures, and sinks to bestiality in his vices, all from continual lying to other men and to himself.”
  2. #2
    “The more I love humanity in general, the less I love man in particular.”
  3. #3
    “I become hostile to people the moment they come close to me.”
  4. #4
    “Love in action is a harsh and dreadful thing compared with love in dreams. Love in dreams is greedy for immediate action, rapidly performed and in the sight of all. Men will even give their lives if only the ordeal does not last long but is soon over, with all looking on and applauding as though on the stage. But active love is labor and fortitude, and for some people too, perhaps, a complete science.”
  5. #5
    “Do what you can, and it will be reckoned unto you.”
  6. #6
    “Faith does not, in the realist, spring from the miracle but the miracle from faith.”
  1. #7
    “For socialism is not merely the labor question, it is before all things the atheistic question, the question of the form taken by atheism to-day, the question of the tower of Babel built without God, not to mount to heaven from earth but to set up heaven on earth.”
  2. #8
    “He was well aware of his own considerable abilities, and nervously exaggerated them in his self-conceit.”
  3. #9
    “Humanity will find in itself the power to live for virtue even without believing in immortality. It will find it in love for freedom, for equality, for fraternity.”
  4. #10
    “It’s easier going to the other world if one knows what there is there.”
  5. #11
    “He was so carried away by his simulated emotion, that he was for one moment almost believing it himself.”
  6. #12
    “You know it is sometimes very pleasant to take offense, isn’t it?”

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  1. #13
    “The man who lies to himself can be more easily offended than any one.”
  2. #14
    “If anything could dissipate my love to humanity, it would be ingratitude. In short, I am a hired servant, I expect my payment at once—that is, praise, and the repayment of love with love. Otherwise I am incapable of loving any one.”
  3. #15
    “As a general rule, people, even the wicked, are much more naïve and simple-hearted than we suppose. And we ourselves are, too.”
  4. #16
    “I want to live for immortality, and I will accept no compromise.”
  5. #17
    “But as soon as he had uttered his foolish tirade, he felt he had been talking absurd nonsense, and at once longed to prove to his audience, and above all to himself, that he had not been talking nonsense.”
  6. #18
    “He longed to revenge himself on every one for his own unseemliness.”
  7. #19
    “I always feel when I meet people that I am lower than all, and that they all take me for a buffoon; so I say let me play the buffoon, for you are, every one of you, stupider and lower than I.”
  8. #20
    “The genuine realist, if he is an unbeliever, will always find strength and ability to disbelieve in the miraculous, and if he is confronted with a miracle as an irrefutable fact he would rather disbelieve his own senses than admit the fact.”
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