Quotes from Crime and Punishment

Fyodor Dostoyevsky ·  671 pages

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“Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on earth.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, quote from Crime and Punishment


“To go wrong in one's own way is better than to go right in someone else's.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, quote from Crime and Punishment


“The darker the night, the brighter the stars,
The deeper the grief, the closer is God!”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, quote from Crime and Punishment


“We sometimes encounter people, even perfect strangers, who begin to interest us at first sight, somehow suddenly, all at once, before a word has been spoken.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, quote from Crime and Punishment


“It takes something more than intelligence to act intelligently.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, quote from Crime and Punishment


“Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, quote from Crime and Punishment


“Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, quote from Crime and Punishment


“When reason fails, the devil helps!”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, quote from Crime and Punishment


“I used to analyze myself down to the last thread, used to compare myself with others, recalled all the smallest glances, smiles and words of those to whom I’d tried to be frank, interpreted everything in a bad light, laughed viciously at my attempts ‘to be like the rest’ –and suddenly, in the midst of my laughing, I’d give way to sadness, fall into ludicrous despondency and once again start the whole process all over again – in short, I went round and round like a squirrel on a wheel.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, quote from Crime and Punishment


“We're always thinking of eternity as an idea that cannot be understood, something immense. But why must it be? What if, instead of all this, you suddenly find just a little room there, something like a village bath-house, grimy, and spiders in every corner, and that's all eternity is. Sometimes, you know, I can't help feeling that that's what it is.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, quote from Crime and Punishment


“I did not bow down to you, I bowed down to all the suffering of humanity.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, quote from Crime and Punishment


“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!”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, quote from Crime and Punishment


“A hundred suspicions don't make a proof.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, quote from Crime and Punishment


“The fear of appearances is the first symptom of impotence.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, quote from Crime and Punishment


“Man grows used to everything, the scoundrel!”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, quote from Crime and Punishment


“Power is given only to him who dares to stoop and take it ... one must have the courage to dare.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, quote from Crime and Punishment


“We sometimes encounter people, even perfect strangers, who begin to interest us at first sight, somehow suddenly, all at once, before a word has been spoken”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, quote from Crime and Punishment


“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. ”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, quote from Crime and Punishment


“Only to live, to live and live! Life, whatever it may be!”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, quote from Crime and Punishment


“Do you understand, sir, do you understand what it means when you have absolutely nowhere to turn?" Marmeladov’s question came suddenly into his mind "for every man must have somewhere to turn...”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, quote from Crime and Punishment


“Truly great men must, I think, experience great sorrow on the earth.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, quote from Crime and Punishment


“Man has it all in his hands, and it all slips through his fingers from sheer cowardice.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, quote from Crime and Punishment


“The man who has a conscience suffers whilst acknowledging his sin. That is his punishment.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, quote from Crime and Punishment


“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?”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, quote from Crime and Punishment


“What do you think?" shouted Razumihin, louder than ever, "you think I am attacking them for talking nonsense? Not a bit! I like them to talk nonsense. That's man's one privilege over all creation. 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. And a fine thing, too, in its way; but we can't even make mistakes on our own account! Talk nonsense, but talk your own nonsense, and I'll kiss you for it. To go wrong in one's own way is better than to go right in someone else's. In the first case you are a man, in the second you're no better than a bird. Truth won't escape you, but life can be cramped. There have been examples. And what are we doing now? In science, development, thought, invention, ideals, aims, liberalism, judgment, experience and everything, everything, everything, we are still in the preparatory class at school. We prefer to live on other people's ideas, it's what we are used to! Am I right, am I right?" cried Razumihin, pressing and shaking the two ladies' hands.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, quote from Crime and Punishment


“Break what must be broken, once for all, that's all, and take the suffering on oneself.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, quote from Crime and Punishment


“In a morbid condition, dreams are often distinguished by their remarkably graphic, vivid, and extremely lifelike quality. The resulting picture is sometimes monstrous, but the setting and the whole process of the presentation sometimes happen to be so probable, and with details so subtle, unexpected, yet artistically consistent with the whole fullness of the picture, that even the dreamer himself would be unable to invent them in reality, though he were as much an artist as Pushkin or Turgenev. Such dreams, morbid dreams, are always long remembered and produce a strong impression on the disturbed and already excited organism of the person.Raskolnikov had a terrible dream.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, quote from Crime and Punishment


“People with new ideas, people with the faintest capacity for saying something new, are extremely few in number, extraordinarily so, in fact.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, quote from 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, quote from Crime and Punishment


“What do you think, would not one tiny crime be wiped out by thousands of good deeds?”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, quote from Crime and Punishment


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Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Born place: in Moscow, Russian Federation
Born date November 11, 1821
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