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Quoting Dostoevsky to disparage the concept of love? You should know better than that. Dostoevsky's entire body of work is a powerful attestation to the need for God and love in life, and what dire results ensue when those things are forsaken by individuals or a society. I do grant you, that love is not without difficulty, which is what Fyodor is saying in "The Brothers K." But there's no doubt that Dostoevsky considered the alternative to real love a much more horrid thing than the trials which might accompany it. Read below for context ...
(But then again, maybe I'm being too picky. This is "Feelings" and not "Philosophy 101". I just felt that you should probably choose someone other than Dostoevsky (one of my favorite authors) to make your point. If you're Scrooge why not quote him instead? lol. But, you know, he ended up changing his mind too.
"Never be frightened at your own faint-heartedness in attaining love. Don't be frightened overmuch even at your evil actions. I am sorry I can say nothing more consoling to you, for love in action is a harsh and dreadful thing compared with love in dreams. Love in dreams is greedy for immediate action, rapidly performed and in the sight of all. Men will even give their lives if only the ordeal does not last long but is soon over, with all looking on and applauding as though on the stage. But active love is labour and fortitude, and for some people too, perhaps, a complete science. But I predict that just when you see with horror that in spite of all your efforts you are getting farther from your goal instead of nearer to it- at that very moment I predict that you will reach it and behold clearly the miraculous power of the Lord who has been all the time loving and mysteriously guiding you." - Fyodor Dostoevsky From "The Brothers Karamazov" Chapter 4
So, my statement would be ...
Love is costly devotion.