Do Good to All People: Elder Zosima

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Quoting the words of the starets Zosima from the book ‘The Brothers Karamazov.’ This is what he said on his deathbed to those surrounding him:

Do not hate atheists, teachers of evil, materialists, even the evil ones, for some of them are truly kind, especially in our day. Love the people of God. Believe and hold high the standard of faith. Do good to all people and help them bear their suffering. Meanwhile, your life is spent in hatred and anger. Each man has the time to rethink his life and to correct it, and you do too.

Except taken from by book “The Brothers Karamazov” by Fyodor Dostoevsky.

3 Responses to “Do Good to All People: Elder Zosima”

  1. 1 Susan Cushman April 13, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    Beautiful post. I just found your blog, through Twitter… but I can’t figure out who you are….? Love the quotes and icons. Where did the icon of St. Mary of Egypt come from? (She’s my patron, and I’m an iconographer, two reasons for my interest.) Will check back from time to time to see who you’re quoting next.

  2. 2 Mary April 13, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    Hi Susan!

    I’m happy that you enjoyed this post.I can’t remember where I got the icon of St. Mary of Egypt, I think someone emailed them to me after coming across them on the internet.

    Its amazing that you’re an iconographer! I’m sure you’ve written an icon of St. Mary of Egypt, have you? I’m always searching for a variety of icons of our patron.

    Furthermore, I’m glad you like the quotes on my blog. I’m the type of person who writes down a good quote after its hit me (like the quote in this post from The Brothers Karamazov). These quotes usually end up on this blog.

    As for me, I’m just another girl, blogging away and attending her lovely ROCOR parish. 🙂

    God Bless!


  3. 3 Moses April 16, 2009 at 3:05 am

    Are you trying to tell me something? 😛

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St. Poemen the Great

"A man may seem to be silent, but if his heart is condemning others, he is babbling ceaselessly. But there may be another who talks from morning till night and yet he is truly silent, that is, he says nothing that is not profitable."

St. Gregory the Great

"Every day you provide your bodies with good to keep them from failing. In the same way your good works should be the daily nourishment of your hearts. Your bodies are fed with food and your spirits with good works. You aren't to deny your soul, which is going to live forever, what you grant to your body, which is going to die."

St. Paisius Velichkovsky

"Remember, O my soul, the terrible and frightful wonder: that your Creator for your sake became Man, and deigned to suffer for the sake of your salvation. His angels tremble, the Cherubim are terrified, the Seraphim are in fear, and all the heavenly powers ceaselessly give praise; and you, unfortunate soul, remain in laziness. At least from this time forth arise and do not put off, my beloved soul, holy repentance, contrition of heart and penance for your sins."

St. Tikhon of Zadonsk

“Prayer does not consist merely in standing and bowing your body or in reading written prayers….it is possible to pray at all times, in all places, with mind and spirit. You can lift up your mind and heart to God while walking, sitting, working, in a crowd and in solitude. His door is always open, unlike man’s. We can always say to Him in our hearts Lord , Lord have mercy.”

St. John of Kronstadt

The candles lit before the icons of the Theotokos are a symbol of the fact that She is the Mother of the Unapproachable Light, and also of Her most pure and burning love for God and Her love for mankind.

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