Compassion is the chief law of human existence.
 Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Idiot (1874). copy citation

Author Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Source The Idiot
Topic humanity compassion
Date 1874
Language English
Note Translated by Eva Martin


“When he learns the truth, and finds what a pitiable being is this injured, broken, half-insane creature, he will forgive her all the torment she has caused him. He will become her slave, her brother, her friend. Compassion will teach even Rogojin, it will show him how to reason. Compassion is the chief law of human existence. Oh, how guilty he felt towards Rogojin! And, for a few warm, hasty words spoken in Moscow, Parfen had called him «brother,» while he—but no, this was delirium! It would all come right! That gloomy Parfen had implied that his faith was waning; he must suffer dreadfully.” source

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