-- Fyodor Dostoevsky

22 May 2014
Fyodor Dostoevsky
22 May 2014

Fyodor Dostoevsky

“… I have seen the truth; I have seen and I know that people can be beautiful and happy without  losing the power of living on earth.

I will not and cannot believe that evil is the normal condition of mankind. And it is just this faith of mine that they laugh at. But how can I help believing it? I have seen the truth — it is not as though I had invented it with my mind, I have seen it, seen it, and the living image of it has filled my soul for ever. I have seen it in such full perfection that I cannot believe that it is impossible for people to have it. … A dream! What is a dream? And is not our life a dream? I will say more. Suppose that this paradise will never come to pass (that I understand), yet I shall go on preaching it. And yet how simple it is: in one day, in one hour everything could be arranged at once! The chief thing is to love others like yourself, that’s the chief thing, and that’s everything; nothing else is wanted — you will find out at once how to arrange it all. And yet it’s an old truth which has been told and retold a billion times — but it has not formed part of our lives! The consciousness of life is higher than life, the knowledge of the laws of happiness is higher than happiness — THAT IS WHAT ONE MUST CONTEND AGAINST. And I shall. If only everyone wants it, it can be arranged at once.”

The Dream of a Ridiculous Man

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