It's because I chatter that I do nothing. Or perhaps it is that I chatter because I do nothing.
What do you think, would not one tiny crime be wiped out by thousands of good deeds?
And indeed, human beings in general are fond, even inordinately fond, of being trampled on, have you noticed that? But of women it's especially true. One might even say they that can't get along without it.
Or renounce life altogether! Accept fate obediently as it is, once and for all, and stifle everything in myself, renouncing any right to act, to live, to love.
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.
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.
It's the moon that makes it so still, weaving some mystery.
What if man is not really a scoundrel, man in general, I mean, the whole race of mankind-then all the rest is prejudice, simply artificial terrors and there are no barriers and it's all as it should be.
And the more I drink the more I feel it. That's why I drink too. I try to find sympathy and feeling in drink.... I drink so that I may suffer twice as much!
People with new ideas, people with the faintest capacity for saying something new, are extremely few in number, extraordinarily so, in fact.
He is a man of intelligence, but to act sensibly, intelligence is not enough.
The people who have nothing to lock up are the happy ones, aren't they?
Kto sumienie posiada, niech cierpi, skoro zda? sobie sprawe; z pomy?ki. Be;dzie mu to kara; - obok katorgi.
What's most revolting is that one is really sad! No, it's better at home. Here at least one blames others for everything and excuses oneself.
And the peasants would beat them so cruelly, sometimes even about the nose and eyes, and he felt so sorry, so sorry for them that he almost cried, and his mother always used to take him away from the window.
Power is given only to him who dares to stoop and take it ... one must have the courage to dare.
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.
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?
Life had stepped into the place of theory and something quite different would work itself out in his mind.
And why, just at the moment when he had brought away the embryo of his idea from the old woman had he dropped at once upon a conversation about her?
She looked much younger than her age, indeed, which is almost always the case with women who retain serenity of spirit, sensitiveness and pure sincere warmth of heart to old age.
Hm … yes, all is in a man's hands and he lets it all slip from cowardice, that's an axiom
There are chance meetings with strangers that interest us from the first moment, before a word is spoken.
Man grows used to everything, the scoundrel!
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?
Break what must be broken, once for all, that's all, and take the suffering on oneself.
Suffering is part and parcel of extensive intelligence and a feeling heart.
I did not bow down to you, I bowed down to all the suffering of humanity.
There is nothing in the world more difficult than candor, and nothing easier than flattery. If there is a hundredth of a fraction of a false note to candor, it immediately produces dissonance, and as a result, exposure. But in flattery, even if everything is false down to the last note, it is still pleasant, and people will listen not without pleasure; with coarse pleasure, perhaps, but pleasure nevertheless.
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