Fyodor Dostoyevsky · 291 pages
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“To think too much is a disease.”
“We have all lost touch with life, we all limp, each to a greater or lesser degree.”
“Twice two is four is not life, gentlemen, but the beginning of death.”
“Bunlar ülküleri uğruna kıllarını bile kıpırdatmazlar, azılı birer haydut, birer hırsızdırlar, ama ilk ülkülerine olan saygılarını taş çatlasa yitirmezler; ruhça son derece namusludurlar. Evet, efendim, en bayağı, en aşağılık insanların aynı zamanda namussuzluk simgesi kişiler olarak kalabilmeleri ancak bizde olanaklıdır. Yineliyorum, bizim romantikler arasında isini bilen madrabazlar (madrabaz sözcüğünü iltifat olsun diye kullanıyorum) öylesine çok çıkıyor ve bunlar öyle bir gerçekçilik sezgisi, öyle bir beceriklilik gösteriyorlar ki, şeflerinin de, arkadaşlarının da ağzı bir karış açık kalıyor.”
“I could have forgiven him for striking me, but I couldn't forgive that moving me from place to place without even seeing me.”
“However what can a decent, respectable man talk about with the greatest pleasure?
Well, so I too will talk about myself.”
“Siz, sıkılmak nedir bilmez bir sırça köşke, yani gizliden gizliye de olsa dilinizi çıkaramayacağınız, nanik yapamayacağınız bir sırça köşke inanmışsınız.”
“I say, let the world perish, if I can always drink my tea.”
“Şurada ciddi konular üstünde kafa patlatıp duruyoruz, ama siz benim
sözlerime kulak asmazsanız, öyle olsun, yalvarmaya hiç niyetim yok. Benim yeraltım bana yeter.”
“Genel olarak biz Ruslarda; Almanların, özellikle Fransızların başı yıldızlara eren akılsız romantiklerini bulamazsınız. Yer yerinden oynasa, bütün Fransa barikatlarda can verse gene de bir yararı olmaz; Fransız, nezaket için olsun istifini bozmadan, ömrünün sonuna dek, aptalcasına, yıldızların şarkısını söylemeyi sürdürür. Biz Rusların yurdunda böyle aptalların bulunmadığını biliyoruz, bizleri Almanlardan ayıran da budur zaten. İşte bu yüzdendir ki, bizde yüzde yüz saf, bası yıldızlarda gezen yaratıklar aranmamalıdır. Akıllarını Kostancoğlularıyla, Pyotr İvanoviç Amcalarla bozarak, onlarda ülkümüzü aramak ahmaklığını gösteren çağımızın birtakım "işgüzar" yazarlarıyla eleştirmenlerdir ki, bizim romantiklerimizi Almanların, Fransızların bası göğe eren romantikleriyle bir tutmaya kalkışmışlardır. Oysa, bizim romantiklerimizin özellikleri Avrupa'nın bası gökte gezen romantiklerinin özellikleriyle taban tabana karşıttır, hiçbir Avrupa ölçüsü bizimkilere uygulanamaz.”
“Although I committed this cruelty deliberately, it came from my wicked head, not from my heart. It was so artificial, so intellectual, so contrived, so bookish.”
“Which is better a cheap happiness or lofty suffering? Tell me then, which is better?”
“This pleasure came precisely from being too clearly aware of your own degradation; from the feeling of having gone to the uttermost limits; that it is was vile, bit it could not have been otherwise; that you could not escape, you could never make yourself into a different person”
“I couldn't even conceive of playing a secondary part...Either a hero, or dirt, there was nothing in between. That was my undoing”
“This pleasure came precisely from being too clearly aware of your own degradation; from the feeling of having gone to the uttermost limits; that it is was vile, but it could not have been otherwise; that you could not escape, you could never make yourself into a different person”
“Even then I already carried the underground in my soul.”
“The pleasure came precisely from being too clearly aware of your own degradation; from the feeling of having gone to the uttermost limits; that it is was vile, but it could not have been otherwise; that you could not escape, you could never make yourself into a different person”
“I am to blame because, first of all, I am cleverer than anybody else around me.”
“Those people, for example, who can avenge their wrongs and generally stand up for themselves – how do they do it?”
“But all these are golden daydreams.”
“I am a sick man....I am an angry man. I am an unattractive man. I think there is something wrong with my liver.”
“Do you ask why I tortured and tormented myself? The answer is that it was too boring to sit and do nothing, and so I indulged my fancy.”
“I invented a life, so that I should at any rate live.”
“hate, or love, anything rather than do nothing.”
“I agree that two and two make four is an excellent thing; but to give everything its due, two and two make five is also a very fine thing.”
“Leave us alone without books and we shall be lost and in confusion at once. We shall not know what to join on to, what to cling to, what to love and what to hate, what to respect and what to despise.”
“Headache, hmm?" His expression went serious. "Do you know what's the best cure for that?"
He said it so matter-of-factly I had to sputter a laugh.
"Multiple, if possible," he continued. "It's a proven medical fact that one physiologic event, like orgasm, can cancel out the effects of another physiological process, such as a headache."
His expression was perfectly serious, but I said, "You're full of shit."
"Perhaps. If so, you should call my bluff. Just open the door and we'll test it out.”
“She'd bet in his childhood he was one of those boys who pestered his brothers to the precise point where they would retaliate so that he could escape punishment while they received a scolding for beating on him. He probably had a full arsenal of crocodile tears to go along with those devastating dimples.”
“I won’t let it happen again. I protect what’s mine.”
“Only this actual moment is life.”
“It wasn’t because the lions were particularly hungry. The humans had been nothing compared to the eighteen-hundred-pound Cape buffalo, the pride’s more typical prey. The cars had been like boxes full of snacks.”
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