Three Days, Three Quotes: Day 3

Thank you one more time, Herminia.

The rules:

  1. Post one quote a day for three days
  2. Nominate three other bloggers to participate per post.
  3. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you.

It’s the last day of the “Three Days, Three Quotes” challenge and I end it with a quote I’ve been wanting to post here for some time. It’s from Part One, Book Two, and Chapter Four of The Brothers Karamazov. I made an attempt to read it earlier this year, and while I did decide to set it aside for later, this quote stuck with me.

“If you do not attain happiness, always remember that you are on the right road, and try not to leave it. Above all, avoid falsehood, every kind of falsehood, especially falseness to yourself. Watch over your own deceitfulness and look into it every hour, every minute. Avoid being scornful, both to others and to yourself. What seems to you bad within you will grow purer from the very fact of your observing it in yourself. Avoid fear, too, though fear is only the consequence of every sort of falsehood. Never be frightened at your own faint-heartedness in attaining love. Don’t be frightened overmuch even at your evil actions. I am sorry I can say nothing more consoling to you, for love in action is a harsh and dreadful thing compared with love in dreams. Love in dreams is greedy for immediate action, rapidly performed and in the sight of all. Men will even give their lives if only the ordeal does not last long but is soon over, with all looking on and applauding as though on the stage. But active love is labor and fortitude, and for some people too, perhaps, a complete science. But I predict that just when you see with horror that in spite of all your efforts you are getting farther from your goal instead of nearer to it—at that very moment I predict that you will reach it and behold clearly the miraculous power of the Lord who has been all the time loving and mysteriously guiding you. Forgive me for not being able to stay longer with you. They are waiting for me. Good-by.”

And the last three nominees are:

Sarah Munson at On Another Note

Corey P. at The Ink Slinger

Annie Hawthorne at The Curious Wren

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6 thoughts on “Three Days, Three Quotes: Day 3

        1. Yep. That’s Dostoevsky. I don’t think I can handle the rest of The Brothers K. just yet, but I do plan on looking up some of his shorter fiction and starting with that instead.

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