But still, if I don't consult a doctor it is from spite. My liver is bad, well—let it get worse!
The two time periods of the novel represent two stages in the evolution of the Russian intelligentsia: the sentimental, literary 1840s and the rational and utilitarian 1860s; the time of the liberals and the time of the nihilists.
Don't be like everyone else, even if you are the only one.
He proposes, as a final solution to the question, the division of mankind into two unequal parts. One-tenth is to receive personal freedom and unlimited rights over the remaining nine-tenths.
God is necessary, and therefore must exist...But I know that he does not and cannot exist...Don't you understand that a man with these two thoughts cannot go on living?
There is a great and unresolved thought in him. He's one of those who don't need millions, but need to resolve their thought.