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Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s “Crime and Punishment” Quotes (63 Quotes)


  • I know that you don't believe it, but indeed, life will bring you through. You will live it down in time. What you need now is fresh air, fresh air, fresh air!
    (Fyodor Dostoyevsky, "Crime and Punishment")

  • Through error you come to the truth! I am a man because I err! You never reach any truth without making fourteen mistakes and very likely a hundred and fourteen.
    (Fyodor Dostoyevsky, "Crime and Punishment")

  • A hundred suspicions don't make a proof.
    (Fyodor Dostoyevsky, "Crime and Punishment")

  • My killing a loathsome, harmful louse, a filthy old moneylender woman who brought no good to anyone, to murder whom would pardon forty sins, who sucked the lifeblood of the poor, and you call that a crime ?
    (Fyodor Dostoyevsky, "Crime and Punishment")

  • Clearly, he now had not to be anguished, not to suffer passively, by mere reasoning about unresolvable questions, but to do something without fail, at once, quickly.
    (Fyodor Dostoyevsky, "Crime and Punishment")


  • That's as it should be, they tell us. A certain percentage, they tell us, must every year go, that way, to the devil, I suppose, so that the rest may remain chaste, and not be interfered with. A percentage! What splendid words they have; they are so scientific, so consolatory.
    (Fyodor Dostoyevsky, "Crime and Punishment")

  • If she'd been lame or a hunchback I'd have probably fallen in love with her even more... Yes, it was a sort of spring fever.
    (Fyodor Dostoyevsky, "Crime and Punishment")

  • Till the last moment they dress a man up in peacock's feathers, till the last moment they hope for the good and not the bad; and though they may have premonitions of the other side of the coin, for the life of them they will not utter a real word beforehand; the thought alone makes them cringe; they wave the truth away with both hands, till the very moment when the man they've decked out so finely sticks their noses in it with his own two hands.
    (Fyodor Dostoyevsky, "Crime and Punishment")

  • Actions are sometimes performed in a masterly and most cunning way, while the direction of the actions is deranged and dependent on various morbid impressions - it's like a dream.
    (Fyodor Dostoyevsky, "Crime and Punishment")

  • No, I couldn't do it, I couldn't do it! Granted, granted that there is no flaw in all that reasoning, that all that I have concluded this last month is clear as day, true as arithmetic… . My God! Anyway I couldn't bring myself to it! I couldn't do it, I couldn't do it! Why, why then am I still … ?
    (Fyodor Dostoyevsky, "Crime and Punishment")

  • Don't be overwise; fling yourself straight into life, without deliberation; don't be afraid - the flood will bear you to the bank and set you safe on your feet again.
    (Fyodor Dostoyevsky, "Crime and Punishment")

  • That's just the point: an honest and sensitive man opens his heart, and the man of business goes on eating - and then he eats you up.
    (Fyodor Dostoyevsky, "Crime and Punishment")

  • It is man's unique privilege, among all other organisms. By pursuing falsehood you will arrive at the truth!
    (Fyodor Dostoyevsky, "Crime and Punishment")

  • To go wrong in one's own way is better then to go right in someone else's.
    (Fyodor Dostoyevsky, "Crime and Punishment")

  • Again it became suddenly plain and perceptible to him that he had just told a fearful lie - that he would never now be able to speak freely of everything - that he would never again be able to speak of anything to anyone.
    (Fyodor Dostoyevsky, "Crime and Punishment")


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