Posts tagged ‘Fyodor Dostoyevsky’

January 26, 2011

The Mad Russian

Yeah, I talk about intellectual things every once in a while, feel free to skip this post.

Everyone knows I took AP English last year, because I talk about it all the fricken time. So, hey, if I’m gonna talk about it in person, I’ll talk about it on here too.

I just set up a Tumblr, to follow some friends and other interesting people. But in order to have an account you must set up a page, so I thought, why not at least try to make it look good. I posted some random stuff as well as a link to here. While posting, I thought it would be cool to post a cool quote. I was googleing (how is that not a word, yet?) quotes about random things when Dostoevsky popped in my head.

For those of you not familiar with the Mad Russian, he is the author of The Brothers Karamozov and Crime and Punishment. Also known as, impossibly difficult books to read, but once you accomplish this task, you will be a changed super-human with a better understanding of the human condition, religion, and the entire fricken world. Amazing, isn’t it? Sadly, I am not one of the privileged few who have done this, but I am making progress. I have read about 100 pages of The Brothers K. One day I will finish it and be an amazing person.

Back to what I was originally talking about. I began a search for some quotes by Dostoevsky. A few pages into the search I came across something very interesting.

We sometimes encounter people, even perfect strangers, who begin to interest us at first sight, somehow suddenly, all at once, before a word has been spoken.

                                                                     — Fyodor Dostoevsky

Is it just me or did you get a “love at first sight” vibe? It seems a little mushy for the Mad Russian if you ask me. Ok, let me clarify. In his books, I have come to understand that his ultimate goal is to create a society that just loves unconditionally. Unconditional love is the key to solving the human condition, but this quote… I don’t know. From what I have learned, Dostoevsky’s version of unconditional love is MUCH different from romantic love. His love is much like the love for your child, not your spouse. I actually had a growing feeling that he was almost asexual. Yes, he was married (multiple times) but I just can’t see him being in love with a woman in that sense.

But then again, I have been wrong many times before. VERY wrong.

Either way, I really like this quote. I hope you like it as well.

Emily Treat