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Fyodor Dostoevsky
1821 - 1881

Russian author of Crime and Punishment (1864) and The Brothers Karamazov (1880)


What man wants is simply independent choice, whatever that independence may cost and wherever it may lead.

1864 - from Notes from Underground
The secret of man's being is not only to live but to have something to live for.

There is no idea, no fact, which could not be vulgarized and presented in a ludicrous light.

1895 - from Complete Collected Works
How many ideas have there been in the history of mankind which were unthinkable ten years before and which, when their mysterious hour struck suddenly appeared, and spread all over the earth?

To begin with unlimited freedom is to end with unlimited despotism.