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Europe is looking for profit, we – for sacrifice

F. Dostoevsky about European civilization and Russia.


"They (the liberals) - Dostoevsky said outrageously, write about our people: wild and ignorant ... not fit to hold a candle to the Europeans... But, our people is saint in comparison with the one which lives there! Our people have never reached such cynicism as in Italy, for example. In Rome, in Naples, I myself got on the streets the most vile proposals - from young men, almost children. 

Disgusting, unnatural vices - and openly to everyone, and no one resents it. Let them try to do the same with us! The whole people would condemn it, because for our people it is a mortal sin, and there it is – in their mores, a simple habit for them - and nothing more. And now they want to cultivate this civilization to the people! I’ll never agree with that! Until the end of my days I will fight with them - I will not give up. 

- But it is not this very civilization that they want to transfer to us, Fyodor Mikhailovich! - I vividly remember to have interjaculated as I couldn’t refrain. 

- Yes, certainly one and the same! - with bitterness he intercepted. - Because they have no other ... This transplant always begins with slavish imitation, with luxury, with fashion, with different sciences and arts, and ends with Sodom's sin and general decay .. ".

 From conversations between Varvara Vasilievna Timofeeva and Fyodor Dostoevsky.

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