The philosopher Nikolay Strakhov, (Dostoyevsky's friend) said about him:
"The most routine abstract thought very often struck him with uncommon force and would stir him up remarkably. He was, in any case, a person in the highest degree excitable and impressionable. A simple idea, sometimes very familiar and commonplace, would suddenly set him aflame and reveal itself to him in all its significance. He, so to speak, felt thought with unusual liveliness. Then he would state it in various forms, sometimes giving it a very sharp, graphic expression, although not explaining it logically or developing its content."
-He would feel thought, (he is described as that by people), and also about his evolution(s) of ideas. He is compared to similarly with Aldous Huxley, a novelist of ideas..he wrote and spoke of universal reconciliation, or, 'universal panhuman unification'.
-Incidently did you know FD comparing himself with Tolstoy, called Tolstoy's work that of a historian, not a novelist. FD felt his own work was about grappling with the chaos of the present. He also had an enormous capacity of empathy for the unfortunate and deprived of society, (writing about them), hence, I went with advocating via literature, advocacy via the pen. The Healer being advocate similar to Champion, while Counselor the mentor, more inclined like the Teacher..
-FD had a strong curiosity for the profound sense of mystery of human personality.
-There is an account from a younger student who attended school with FD and he spoke of being attacked or bullied by other students, Dostoyevsky would not hesitate with a willingness to intervene personally against such situations that offended his moral instincts, he would spring to the defense of the helpless and persecuted. Advocating for the underdog.
He had that as a constant throughout his life, the advocating and a staunch independence.
I would start with stripping down to what fundamentally informs my life, which is that I'm a seeker on the path...where I stand spiritually is, steadfastly, on a path about love.. (Bell Hooks)