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

  • Existence alone had never been enough for him; he had always wanted more. Perhaps it was only from the force of his desires that he had regarded himself as a man to whom more was permitted than to others.
    (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")

  • The harmonious man, it needs to be said, hardly exists at all; out of many tens, even hundreds of thousands perhaps one or two at most are encountered, and even then in rather feeble versions.
    (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")


  • He is a man of intelligence, but to act sensibly, intelligence is not enough.
    (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")

  • The people who have nothing to lock up are the happy ones, aren't they?
    (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")

  • He was one of the numerous and varied legion of dullards, of half-animated abortions, conceited, half-educated coxcombs, who attach themselves to the idea most in fashion only to vulgarize it and who caricature every cause they serve, however sincerely.
    (Fyodor Dostoyevsky, "Crime and Punishment")

  • Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery.
    (Fyodor Dostoyevsky, "Crime and Punishment")

  • The temperament reflects everything like a mirror! Gaze into it and admire what you see! But why are you so pale, Rodion Romanovitch? Is the room stuffy? Shall I open the window?
    (Fyodor Dostoyevsky, "Crime and Punishment")

  • Ah, Father! That's words and only words! Forgive! If he'd not been run over, he'd have come home today drunk and his only shirt dirty and in rags and he'd have fallen asleep like a log, and I should have been sousing and rinsing till daybreak, washing his rags and the children's and then drying them by the window and as soon as it was daylight I should have been darning them. What's the use of talking forgiveness! I have forgiven as it is!
    (Fyodor Dostoyevsky, "Crime and Punishment")

  • Hm … yes, all is in a man's hands and he lets it all slip from cowardice, that's an axiom
    (Fyodor Dostoyevsky, "Crime and Punishment")

  • Oh, as I stood above the Neva this morning at dawn I knew I was a villian.
    (Fyodor Dostoyevsky, "Crime and Punishment")


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