You mustn't ask too much of human endurance, one must be merciful.
We are all happy if we but knew it.
He was crushed and even humiliated.
The high road is something very, very long, of which one cannot see the end - like human life, like human dreams. There is an idea in the open road, but what sort of idea is there in travelling with posting tickets? Posting tickets mean an end to ideas. Vive la grande route and then as God wills.
A fool is always pleased with what he says, and, besides, he always says more than he needs to.
The emptier a man's head is, for instance, the less he fells the thirst to fill it.
Such a stupid excuse was even more degrading! In wine is truth, and the truth had all come out, "that is, all the uncleanness of his coarse and envious heart"!
Stupidity is honest and straightforward.
The prince took off his tin cross, Parfyon his gold one, and they exchanged them.
In such cases, 'we overcome our moral feeling if necessary', freedom, peace, conscience even, all, all are brought into the market.
As a Russian proverb has it, 'Catch several hares and you won't catch one.
The awful thing is that beauty is mysterious as well as terrible. God and the devil are fighting there and the battlefield is the heart of man.
Deprived of meaningful work, men and women lose their reason for existence; they go stark, raving mad.
And though I suffer for you, yet it eases my heart to suffer for you.
Oh, loving, over-partial hearts!
You can't be angry with me, because I am a hundred times more severely punished than you, if only by the fact that I shall never see you again.
Marriage is the moral death of every proud soul, of all independence.
He hired a stenographer, Anna Grigoryevna Snitkina, from the only agency in St Petersburg and dictated The Gambler, before completing Crime and Punishment. A few months later, he married her, one of the smartest moves he ever made. She adored him, bore him four children, cured him of gambling and set his business affairs in order.
But do you know what: I am convinced that we underground folk ought to be kept on a curb. Though we may sit forty years underground without speaking, when we do come out into the light of day and break out we talk and talk and talk....
Equality is to be found only in the spiritual dignity of man.
In a morbid condition of the brain, dreams often have a singular actuality, vividness, and extraordinary semblance of reality.