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Dostoyevsky: “There is no more ceaseless or tormenting care for man”

16 September 2017

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“There is no more ceaseless or tormenting care for man, as long as he remains free, than to find someone to bow down to as soon as possible. But man seeks to bow down before that which is indisputable, so indisputable that all men at once would agree to the universal worship of it. For the care of these pitiful creatures is not just to find something before which I or some other man can bow down, but to find something that everyone else will also believe in and bow down to, for it must needs be all together. And this need for communality of worship is the chief torment of each man individually, and of mankind as a whole, from the beginning of the ages.”

Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 16 September 2017 2:30 am

    Reblogged this on The Harlemite.

  2. Linda Segal permalink
    20 September 2017 3:37 am

    I read Crime & Punishment when I was a Sophomore in High School…and it was a favorite. I almost read another of his books, The Idiot, but never got past the carriage ride where it starts!

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