The execution of the deed is sometimes masterfully done, in the most ingenious fashion, yet the control of the individual actions that comprise it, the origin of those actions, is diffuse and is associated with various morbid sensations. Rather like a dream.
("Crime and Punishment")
More Quotes from Fyodor Dostoyevsky: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.
The only gain of civilisation for mankind is the greater capacity for cariety of sensations - and absolutely nothing more.
Truly great men must, I think, experience great sorrow on the earth.
The man who lies to himself can be more easily offended than anyone else. You know it is sometimes very pleasant to take offense, isn't it? A man may know that nobody has insulted him, but that he has invented the insult for himself, has lied and exaggerated to make it picturesque, has caught at a word and made a mountain out of a molehill--he knows that himself, yet he will be the first to take offense, and will revel in his resentment till he feels great pleasure in it.
We must name the eminent and fascinating Prince N. - once the vanquisher of female hearts all over Europe.
And so in that very shame I suddenly begin a hymn.
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