You see I kept asking myself then: why am I so stupid that if others are stupid-and I know they are-yet I won't be wiser?
("Crime and Punishment")
More Quotes from Fyodor Dostoyevsky:I understand solidarity in sin among men; solidarity in retribution I also understand; but what solidarity in sin do little children have? ...And if the suffering of children goes to make up the sum of suffering needed to buy truth, then I assert beforehand that the whole of truth is not worth such a price.
The only gain of civilisation for mankind is the greater capacity for cariety of sensations - and absolutely nothing more.
It was impossible to tell at first sight whether he loved his meek, obedient wife, Marfa. But he really did lover her, and she knew it.
I swear to you, sirs, that excessive consciousness is a disease--a genuine, absolute disease.
I want to suffer and be purified by suffering!
One's own free and unfettered volition, one's own caprice, however wild, one's own fancy, inflamed sometimes to the point of madness - that is the one best and greatest good, which is never taken into consideration because it cannot fit into any classification and the omission of which sends all systems and theories to the devil.
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