Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on Earth.

According to various sources, Fyodor Dostoyevsky was born on the 30th of October in 1821 in Russia. He will go on to become one of the most revered and respected novelists, short story writer and essayist. Dostoyevsky was not a stranger to hardship in life. His mother died when he was very young. During his travels across Western Europe he developed a penchant for gambling. Consequently, his financial situation was in ruins and he had to beg to fulfill the basic necessities of life. These harrowing and peculiar experiences shaped him as a writer. We see this exposure reflected in his characters. His writings revolve around themes ranging from poverty to suicide. They have a philosophical bearing and discuss ideas of morality and human nature. His writings investigated dimensions of human nature which previously unfamiliar. He influenced a lot of philosophers and writers across the world.