Because what is man without his volition but a stop on a barrel-organ cylinder?
("Notes from Underground")
More Quotes from Fyodor Dostoyevsky:Don't think I'm talking nonsense because I'm drunk. I'm not a bit drunk. Brandy's all very well, but I need two bottles to make me drunk.
A hundred suspicions don't make a proof.
I could not become anything; neither good nor bad; neither a scoundrel nor an honest man; neither a hero nor an insect. And now I am eking out my days in my corner, taunting myself with the bitter and entirely useless consolation that an intelligent man cannot seriously become anything, that only a fool can become something.
Listen, Kolya, by the way, you are going to be a very unhappy man in your life...But on the whole you will bless life all the same.
We must never forget that human motives are generally far more complicated than we are apt to suppose, and that we can very rarely accurately describe the motives of another.
I have no self-respect. But can a man of acute sensibility respect himself at all?
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