“You need not leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. You need not even listen, simply wait, just learn to become quiet, and still, and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked. It has no choice; it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.”—Franz Kafka
“You are told a lot about your education, but some beautiful, sacred memory, preserved since childhood, is perhaps the best education of all. If a man carries many such memories into life with him, he is saved for the rest of his days. And even if only one good memory is left in our hearts, it may also be the instrument of our salvation one day.”—Fyodor Dostoevsky (via adarkcongregation) (via dostoyevsky)
“Be not comforted. Consolation is not what you need. Weep and be not consoled, but weep.
But it will turn in the end into quiet joy, and your bitter tears will be only tears of tender sorrow that purifies the heart and delivers it from sin.
Love such a treasure that it can redeem not only your own sins but the sins of others.”—
Father Zosima in The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky.
“Once I started, I couldn’t stop. At the same time I also loved to read Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky. Those books are also page-turners; they’re very long, but I couldn’t stop reading. So for me it’s the same thing, Dostoyevsky and Raymond Chandler. Even now, my ideal for writing fiction is to put Dostoyevsky and Chandler together in one book. That’s my goal.”—Haruki Murakami (via brandnewworld) (via dostoyevsky, vidaenmarte-deactivated20100513)