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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.

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To go wrong in one's own way is better than to go right in someone else's.

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The darker the night, the brighter the stars, The deeper the grief, the closer is God!

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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.

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It takes something more than intelligence to act intelligently.

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Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.

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Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart.

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When reason fails, the devil helps!

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I did not bow down to you, I bowed down to all the suffering of humanity.

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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!

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A hundred suspicions don't make a proof.

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The fear of appearances is the first symptom of impotence.

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Man grows used to everything, the scoundrel!

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Power is given only to him who dares to stoop and take it ... one must have the courage to dare.

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There are chance meetings with strangers that interest us from the first moment, before a word is spoken.

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Only to live, to live and live! Life, whatever it may be!

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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...

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Man has it all in his hands, and it all slips through his fingers from sheer cowardice.

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Truly great men must, I think, experience great sorrow on the earth.

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The man who has a conscience suffers whilst acknowledging his sin. That is his punishment.

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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?

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Break what must be broken, once for all, that's all, and take the suffering on oneself.

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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.

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People with new ideas, people with the faintest capacity for saying something new, are extremely few in number, extraordinarily so, in fact.

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What do you think, would not one tiny crime be wiped out by thousands of good deeds?

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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.

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He was one of the numerous and varied legion of dullards, of half-animated abortions, conceited, half-educated coxcombs, who attach themselves to the idea most in fashion only to vulgarize it and who caricature every cause they serve, however sincerely.

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Existence alone had never been enough for him; he had always wanted more. Perhaps it was only from the force of his desires that he had regarded himself as a man to whom more was permitted than to others.

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I know that you don't believe it, but indeed, life will bring you through. You will live it down in time. What you need now is fresh air, fresh air, fresh air!

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Walking along the crowded rowHe met the one he used to know.

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That's just the point: an honest and sensitive man opens his heart, and the man of business goes on eating - and then he eats you up.

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the most offensive is not their lying—one can always forgive lying—lying is a delightful thing, for it leads to truth—what is offensive is that they lie and worship their own lying…

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Intelligence alone is not nearly enough when it comes to acting wisely.

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Suffering is part and parcel of extensive intelligence and a feeling heart.

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You’re a gentleman, they used to say to him. You shouldn’t have gone murdering people with a hatchet; that’s no occupation for a gentleman.

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Reason is the slave of passion.

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It's the moon that makes it so still, weaving some mystery.

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Was it all put into words, or did both understand that they had the same thing at heart and in their minds, so that there was no need to speak of it aloud, and better not to speak of it?

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She looked much younger than her age, indeed, which is almost always the case with women who retain serenity of spirit, sensitiveness and pure sincere warmth of heart to old age.

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It would be interesting to know what it is men are most afraid of.

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We always imagine eternity as something beyond our conception, something vast, vast! But why must it be vast? Instead of all that, what if it's one little room, like a bath house in the country, black and grimy and spiders in every corner. and that's all eternity is? I sometimes fancy it like that.

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It would be interesting to know what it is men are most afraid of. Taking a new step, uttering a new word is what they fear most.

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In a morbid condition of the brain, dreams often have a singular actuality, vividness, and extraordinary semblance of reality.

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It is man's unique privilege, among all other organisms. By pursuing falsehood you will arrive at the truth!

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The whole question here is: am I a monster, or a victim myself?

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…everyone needs a somewhere, a place he can go. There comes a time, you see, inevitably there comes a time you have to have a somewhere you can go!

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If he has a conscience he will suffer for his mistake That will be punishment as well as the prison.

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Every man looks out for himself, and he has the happiest life who manages to hoodwink himself best of all.

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Your worst sin is that you have destroyed and betrayed yourself for nothing.

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We've got facts," they say. But facts aren't everything; at least half the battle consists in how one makes use of them!

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