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The only gain of civilisation for mankind is the greater capacity for variety of sensations--and absolutely nothing more. And through the development of this many-sidedness man may come to finding enjoyment in bloodshed. In fact, this has already happened to him. Have you noticed that it is the most civilised gentlemen who have been the subtlest slaughterers, to whom the Attilas and Stenka Razins could not hold a candle, and if they are not so conspicuous as the Attilas and Stenka Razins it is simply because they are so often met with, are so ordinary and have become so familiar to us. In any case civilisation has made mankind if not more bloodthirsty, at least more vilely, more loathsomely bloodthirsty. In old days he saw justice in bloodshed and with his conscience at peace exterminated those he thought proper. Now we do think bloodshed abominable and yet we engage in this abomination, and with more energy than ever. Which is worse? Decide that for yourselves. They say that Cleopatra (excuse an instance from Roman history) was fond of sticking gold pins into her slave-girls' breasts and derived gratification from their screams and writhings. You will say that that was in the comparatively barbarous times; that these are barbarous times too, because also, comparatively speaking, pins are stuck in even now; that though man has now learned to see more clearly than in barbarous ages, he is still far from having learnt to act as reason and science would dictate. But yet you are fully convinced that he will be sure to learn when he gets rid of certain old bad habits, and when common sense and science have completely re-educated human nature and turned it in a normal direction. You are confident that then man will cease from INTENTIONAL error and will, so to say, be compelled not to want to set his will against his normal interests. That is not all; then, you say, science itself will teach man (though to my mind it's a superfluous luxury) that he never has really had any caprice or will of his own, and that he himself is something of the nature of a piano-key or the stop of an organ, and that there are, besides, things called the laws of nature; so that everything he does is not done by his willing it, but is done of itself, by the laws of nature. Consequently we have only to discover these laws of nature, and man will no longer have to answer for his actions and life will become exceedingly easy for him. All human actions will then, of course, be tabulated according to these laws, mathematically, like tables of logarithms up to 108,000, and entered in an index; or, better still, there would be published certain edifying works of the nature of encyclopaedic lexicons, in which everything will be so clearly calculated and explained that there will be no more incidents or adventures in the world.


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I admit that twice two makes four is an excellent thing, but if we are to give everything its due, t...
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If there is no immortality, there is no virtue
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Then this God does exist according to you?"
"He does not exist, but He is. In the stone there i...
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On our earth we can only love sincerely with suffering and through suffering. We do not know how to ...
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I will not and cannot believe that evil is the normal condition of mankind.
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But man is so addicted to systems and to abstract conclusions that he is prepared deliberately to di...
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You can be sincere and still be stupid.
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Where have you buried your best days? Have you lived or not? Look, one
says to oneself, look ho...
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I like revisiting, at certain times, spots where I was once happy; I like to shape the present in th...
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At last my heart was too full.
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Sometimes it happens that the most insane thought, the most impossible conception, will become so fi...
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(…)man holds the remedy in his own hands, and lets everything go its own way, simply through cowar...
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There are crimes that are truly uncomely. With crimes, whatever they may be, the more blood, the mor...
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The world stands on absurdities, and without them perhaps nothing at all would happen.
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As aparições são, por assim dizer, pedaços ou fragmentos de outros mundos, o seu princípio. É ...
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The soul is healed by being with children.
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Killing myself was a matter of such indifference to me that I felt like waiting for a moment when it...
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Man only likes to count his troubles, but he does not count his joys.
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It seems, in fact, as though the second half of a man's life is made up of nothing, but the habits h...
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The most pressing question on the problem of faith is whether a man as a civilized being can believe...
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A real gentleman, even if he loses everything he owns, must show no emotion. Money must be so far be...
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A just cause is not ruined by a few mistakes.
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Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid.
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The fear of appearances is the first symptom of impotence.
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Be near your brothers. Not just one, but both of them.
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Life had stepped into the place of theory and something quite different would work itself out in his...
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Woe to the man who offends a small child!
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Schoolboys are a merciless race, individually they are angels, but together, especially in schools, ...
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Love animals: God has given them the rudiments of thought and joy untroubled. Do not trouble their j...
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“There are three forces, the only three forces capable of conquering and enslaving forever the con...
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I tell Thee that man is tormented by no greater anxiety than to find some one quickly to whom he can...
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The centripetal force on our planet is still fearfully strong, Alyosha. I have a longing for life, a...
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The more I love humanity in general the less I love man in particular. In my dreams, I often make pl...
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One man doesn't believe in god at all, while the other believes in him so thoroughly that he prays a...
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People with new ideas, people with the faintest capacity for saying something new, are extremely few...
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In a morbid condition, dreams are often distinguished by their remarkably graphic, vivid, and extrem...
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What do you think?" shouted Razumihin, louder than ever, "you think I am attacking them for talking ...
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Truly great men must, I think, experience great sorrow on the earth.
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Do you understand, sir, do you understand what it means when you have absolutely nowhere to turn?" M...
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Only to live, to live and live! Life, whatever it may be!
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Man grows used to everything, the scoundrel!
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The need for beauty and the [artistic] creation which embodies it is inseparable from man, and witho...
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Man is a mystery. It needs to be unravelled, and if you spend your whole life unravelling it, don't ...
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Yet, I didn't understand that she was intentionally disguising her feelings with sarcasm; that was u...
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To love someone means to see them as God intended them.
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Oh, tell me, who first declared, who first proclaimed that man only does nasty things because he doe...
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Love in action is a harsh and dreadful thing compared to love in dreams.
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They were like two enemies in love with one another.
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Do you know I've been sitting here thinking to myself: that if I didn't believe in life, if I lost f...
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Besides, nowadays, almost all capable people are terribly afraid of being ridiculous, and are misera...
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Отцы и учители, мыслю: "что есть ад?" Рассуждаю
так: "С...
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It's like this,' began the elder. 'All these sentences of hard labour in Siberian prisons, and forme...
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You will say that that was in the comparatively barbarous times; that these are barbarous times too,...
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Science which has become a great power in the lastcentury, has analyzed everything divine handed dow...
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For a woman, all resurrection, all salvation, from whatever perdition, lies in love; in fact, it is ...
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Until you have become really, in actual fact, as brother to everyone, brotherhood will not come to p...
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Indeed, precious memories may remain even of a bad home, if only the heart knows how to find what is...
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I, for instance, was triumphant over everyone; everyone, of course, was in dust and ashes, and was f...
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Not long ago I was much amused by imagining—what if the fancy suddenly took me to kill some one, a...
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But here I should imagine the most terrible part of the whole punishment is, not the bodily pain at ...
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No, it is not a commonplace, sir! If up to now, for example, I have been told to 'love my neighbor,'...
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Milhões de pessoas morreriam de aborrecimento, por falta de imaginação, como sucede às moscas no...
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Lunatics! Vain creatures! They don't believe in God, they don't believe in Christ! Why, you are so e...
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Po ç'pune ke ti, mor zoteri, me çizmet e mia te shqyera dhe me berrylat e mi te grisur?
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Once he went into the mountains on a clear, sunny day, and wandered about for a long time with a tor...
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May it not be that he loves chaos and destruction (there can be no disputing that he does sometimes ...
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My wretched passions were acute, smarting, from my continual, sickly irritability I had hysterical i...
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آیا هیچ می‌دانید که اگر شما گیوتین را به جلو صحنه آورده...
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We've all grown unaccustomed to life, we're all lame, each of us more or less. We've even grown so u...
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Wer sich selbst belügt und seine eigenen Lügen anhört, kommt schließlich soweit, dass er keine W...
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Stupidity is brief and guileless, while wit equivocates and hides. Wit is a scoundrel, while stupidi...
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...The men of those days...were absolutely not the same people that we are now; it was not the same ...
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There are seconds, they come only five or six at a time, and you suddenly feel the presence of etern...
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I suddenly felt that it was all the same to me whether the world existed or whether there had never ...
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A complete atheist stands on the next-to-last upper step to the most complete faith (he may or may n...
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من منا ﻻ يضل الطريق ومع ذلك نسير جميعًا إلى غاية واحدة ...
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How could I alone have invented it or imagined it in my dream? Could my petty heart and fickle, triv...
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I saw the truth, I saw and I know that people can be beautiful and happy without losing the ability ...
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إن ما يحرك الأحلام فينا هي الرغبة وليس العقل، هو القلب ...
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ما أصعَبَ الأمر على من يعرف الحقيقةَ وحده
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لقد تعلموا الكذب و أحبوه و عرفوا مواطن الجمال فيه ،ربما...
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