My Conversation with Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Fyodor Dostoyevsky was born in Moscow, 1821. He was a Russian novelist, philosopher, and essayist. His literary compositions delve into the human psychology, exploring and sharing how each decision one makes builds the human character. Mr. Dostoyevsky died in St. Petersburg, 1881.
Arshak Andriasov: Thank you, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, for bringing us a very unique way of writing, transforming a regular person’s action into a whole study of the human psychology. Your philosophical way of thinking is lacking so much these days due to fear of true expression.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky: “There are three things that most people are afraid of: trust, telling the truth, and being themselves. No one is willing to take the first step, because everyone thinks that this is not mutual.”
Arshak Andriasov: How sad. This kind of behavior builds a certain level of selfishness.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky: “Egoists are capricious and cowardly before duty – an eternal cowardly aversion to bind themselves by some kind of duty.”
Arshak Andriasov: With this kind of thinking, after a while of living this way, one can definitely become a horrible person.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky: “There are three kinds of scoundrels in the world:
Scoundrels that are naive, convinced that their meanness is of the highest nobility,
Scoundrels that are ashamed of their own meanness with the non-intended intention of still finishing it,
And finally just scoundrels, thoroughbred scoundrels.”
Arshak Andriasov: Why do they continue to be mean?
Fyodor Dostoyevsky: “There are people who, in their irritable resentment, find extreme pleasure …”
Arshak Andriasov: How would one start to get out of this destructive pattern?
Fyodor Dostoyevsky: “First, we will be kind, then honest, and then we will never forget each other. Very little is required to destroy a person: one has only to convince him that the business he is engaged in does not need anyone. Who wants to be useful, even with bound hands and feet can do a lot of good.”
Arshak Andriasov: That is a wonderful thought, in hopes for a better humanity. Sometimes, it gets difficult for me to plug away and write articles for people that I cannot see. My mood gets sorrowful once in a while.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky: “Everyone in life has days to endure. In life, everything is temporary. If everything goes well – enjoy it, it will not last forever. Well, if everything is lousy – do not fret, it’s not forever either.”
Arshak Andriasov: Thank you for your encouragement. It will really help. What advice would you give to our readers?
Fyodor Dostoyevsky: “Try to read smart and serious books, and life will do the rest.”
Arshak Andriasov: Thank you very much, Mr. Dostoyevsky. Your advice will help many. Thank you to Victor Romasevich, who gave me inspiration to write this article. Check out My Conversation With George Orwell to get some insight on another wonderful writer.