Dostoevsky on Jesus

From The Brothers Karamazov, Book VII “Alyosha,” Chapter 4 “Cana of Galilee”: Do you fear Him. He is terrible in His greatness, awful in His sublimity, but infinitely merciful. He has made Himself like unto us from love and rejoices with us. He is changing the water into wine that the gladness of the guests …

Dostoevsky on the Bible

From The Brothers Karamazov, Book VI “The Russian Monk,” Chapter 1 “Father Zossima and His Visitors” Father Zossima says: What a book the Bible is, what a miracle, what strength is given with it to man. It is like a mould cast of the world and man and human nature, everything is there, and a …

Dostoevsky on the Love of God

From The Brothers Karamazov, Book 2 “An Unfortunate Gathering,” Chapter 3 “Peasant Women Who Have Faith”: Fear nothing and never be afraid; and don’t fret. If only your penitence fail not, God will forgive all. There is no sin, and there can be no sin on all the earth, which the Lord will not forgive …

Dostoevsky on Lying to Oneself

From The Brothers Karamazov, Book 2 “An Unfortunate Gathering,” Chapter 2 “The Old Buffoon”: Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to such a pass that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself …

Spurgeon on the Minister’s Need of God

From Lectures to My Students, “The Minister’s Self Watch” (p. 12 in the Pilgrim ed.): “As is the workman, such will the work be. To face the enemies of truth, to defend the bulwarks of the faith, to rule well in the house of God, to comfort all that mourn, to edify the saints, to …