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#10

 

The best definition of man is: a being that goes on two legs and is ungrateful.

--FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, Notes from the Underground

 
#9
 

It was not only that I could not become spiteful, I did not know how to become anything; neither spiteful nor kind, neither a rascal nor an honest man, neither a hero nor an insect. Now, I am living out my life in my corner, taunting myself with the spiteful and useless consolation that an intelligent man cannot become anything seriously, and it is only the fool who becomes anything.

--FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, Notes from the Underground

 
#8
 

Oh, if I had done nothing simply from laziness! Heavens, how I should have respected myself, then. I should have respected myself because I should at least have been capable of being lazy; there would at least have been one quality, as it were, positive in me, in which I could have believed myself. Question: What is he? Answer: A sluggard; how very pleasant it would have been to hear that of oneself! It would mean that I was positively defined.

--FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, Notes from the Underground

 
#7
 

People do pride themselves on their diseases.

--FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, Notes from the Underground

 
#6
 

Every man has some reminiscences which he would not tell to everyone, but only to his friends. He has others which he would not reveal even to his friends, but only to himself, and that in secret. But finally there are still others which a man is even afraid to tell himself, and every decent man has a considerable number of such things stored away. That is, one can even say that the more decent he is, the greater the number of such things in his mind.

--FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, Notes from the Underground

 
#5
 

To care only for well-being seems to me positively ill-bred. Whether it's good or bad, it is sometimes very pleasant, too, to smash things.

--FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, Notes from the Underground

 
#4
 

But what can a decent man speak of with most pleasure?
Answer: Of himself.

--FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, Notes from the Underground

 
#3
 

One's very own free, unfettered desire, one's own whim, no matter how wild, one's own fantasy, even though sometimes roused to the point of madness -- all this constitutes precisely that previously omitted, most advantageous advantage which isn't included under any classification and because of which all systems and theories are constantly smashed to smithereens.

--FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, Notes from the Underground

 
#2
 

To be acutely conscious is a disease, a real, honest-to-goodness disease.

--FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, Notes from the Underground

 
#1
 

I've only taken to an extreme that which you haven't even dared to take halfway.

--FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, Notes from the Underground

 
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