Famous Fyodor Dostoyevsky Quote

“A man who lies to himself, and believes his own lies, becomes unable to recognize truth, either in himself or in anyone else, and he ends up losing respect for himself and for others. When he has no respect for anyone, he can no longer love, and in him, he yields to his impulses, indulges in the lowest form of pleasure, and behaves in the end like an animal in satisfying his vices. And it all comes from lying to others and to yourself.”

~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The Brothers Karamazov

Ratings and Comments

E Archer, NYC

Wow! Now that is right on!

Joe, North Caldwell, NJ

Send a copy to Dubya. Not that he would understand, of course.

James, Newburyport

it is so true

  • 1
  • Reply
RobertSRQ    11/9/07

Yes, right on, perhaps the Bush administration should have this emblazoned on White House T-shirts

J Carlton, Calgary

WOW! Did Dostoyevsky actually "Know" Dick Cheney?

warren, olathe

Bill Clinton is the obvious person described here, are you all idiots? Pay attention. Where could any one come up with Bush or Cheney? To disagree with someone does not make him a liar.

  • Reply
    RobertSRQ    11/9/07

    Bush's misdeeds don't even come close to Clinton’s consensual sexual romp. I really think we are truly sick as a nation when our President who is responsible for killings thousands along with other criminal deeds and daily reports of GOP leaders being caught with their pants down; putting us into a $9trillion debt and gas prices the highest they have ever been, and the list goes on and on. And we still discuss Clinton in the same breath as Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rove and their cohorts – we really have our head in the sand…

    kg, NE
    • Reply
      kg, NE    11/9/07

      Warren, I'll have the balls to back you. This quote drips with Clinton (and some of you, too.) For eight year Bubba and the Bag had us believing we were living the life while he was making underhanded deals. They fed us candy and stroked our bellies to make us miss it all. Bush has spent the last 7 years cleaning up the mess. This whole nation needs a good, sound spanking. God Bless the Troops!

      • 1
      • Reply
        Anonymous    11/9/07

        Those of you who think it is only the 'other party' that deceives, lies, and covers up their treasons have let their hopes blind them. It is high time that our representatives KEEP THEIR OATHS to support and defend the Constitution -- not support and defend their cronies who are only interested in the next multi-billion dollar contract. You can't fool all the people all of the time. The Klintons and the Bushes may as well be royal familes vying for control of the country's unlimited credit line -- both are bankrupting the country -- and lying through their teeth about it. It just goes to prove that when we lie to ourselves, we debase ourselves and our nation. And boy are we debased!

        Ken, Allyn, WA

        If it were up to me, I'd have this quote painted on every mirror in America. Pluck the log out of your own eye before you try to pull the mote out of someone else's. It's not just the "elites" who are lying to themselves and us, it seems most everyone has a little trouble with honesty these days.

        Ron w13, Or

        This quote being made by a very religious man, But to keep it simple. A law of human nature, you become the dog within you feed. God hates a liar, and frustrates their tokens of understanding reserved for the honest person. Therefore the liar gives way to the most based form of behavior. Reprobate.
        Honesty ( armor of light ). The liar lives in darkness, materialism and vice become their god. Hatred and deception rules their heart. A poor honest boy is worth more than a rich liar.

        Brenda, Scituate

        LOVE this quote!

        Mike, Norwalk

        An accurate assessment of the effect lying has on the being (Clinton, Bush and Mr. Obamunist Goodwrench the assassin all being excellent examples of the quote's overall observation)

        Ron w13, Or

        We observe the obvious . Semper Fi . Amen!

        Mary - MI
        • 1
        • Reply
        Mary - MI    2/13/18

        Excellent quote!

        Don Lee, Reno

        Anyone who thinks he can make sense out of this must be a madman also. Cognitive behavior is not on this guys radar.


        Get a Quote-a-Day!

        Liberty Quotes sent to your mail box daily.