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'Crime and Punishment' Quotes

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  • "It was dark in the corridor, they were standing near the lamp. For a minute they were looking at one another in silence. Razumikhin remembered that minute all his life. Raskolnikov’s burning and intent eyes grew more penetrating every moment, piercing into his soul, into his consciousness. Suddenly Razumihin started. Something strange, as it were passed between them... Some idea, some hint as it were, slipped, something awful, hideous, and suddenly understood on both sides... Razumihin turned pale."
    - Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment, Part 4, Ch. 3

  • "I did not bow down to you, I bowed down to all the suffering of humanity."
    - Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment, Part 4, Ch. 4

  • "Power is given only to him who dates to stoop and take it... one must have the courage to dare."
    - Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment, Part 5, Ch. 4

  • "I wanted to murder, for my own satisfaction ... At that moment I did not care a damn whether I would spend the rest of my life like a spider catching them all in my web and sucking the living juices out of them."
    - Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment, Part 5, Ch. 4

  • "Go at once, this very minute, stand at the cross-roads, bow down, first kiss the earth which you have defiled, and then bow down to all the world and say to all men aloud, 'I am a murderer!' Then God will send you life again. Will you go, will you go?"
    - Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment, Part 5, Ch. 4

  • "You ought to thank God, perhaps. How do you know? Perhaps God is saving you for something. But keep a good heart and have less fear! Are you afraid of the great expiation before you? No, it would be shameful to be afraid of it. Since you have taken such a step, you must harden your heart. There is justice in it. You must fulfill the demands of justice. 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!"
    - Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment, Part 6, Ch. 2

  • "Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery."
    - Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment, Part 6, Ch. 4

  • "Crime? What crime? ... That I killed a vile noxious insect, an old pawnbroker woman, of use to no one! ... Killing her was atonement for forty sins. She was sucking the life out of poor people. Was that a crime?"
    - Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment, Part 6, Ch. 7

  • "If I had succeeded I should have been crowned with glory, but now I'm trapped."
    - Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment, Part 6, Ch. 7

  • "It was I killed the old pawnbroker woman and her sister Lizaveta with an axe and robbed them."
    - Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment, Part 6, Ch. 8

  • "You're a gentleman... You shouldn't hack about with an axe; that's not a gentleman's work."
    - Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment, Epilogue 2

  • "Some new sorts of microbes were attacking the bodies of men, but these microbes were endowed with intelligence and will ... Men attacked by them became at once mad and furious."
    - Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment, Epilogue 2

  • "How it happened he did not know. But all at once something seemed to seize him and fling him at her feet. He wept and threw his arms round her knees. For the first instant she was terribly frightened and she turned pale. She jumped up and looked at him trembling. But at the same moment she understood, and a light of infinite happiness came into her eyes. She knew and had no doubt that he loved her beyond everything and that at last the moment had come."
    - Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment, Epilogue 2

  • "They wanted to speak, but could not; tears stood in their eyes. They were both pale and thin; but those sick pale faces were bright with the dawn of a new future, of a full resurrection into a new life. They were renewed by love; the heart of each held infinite sources of life for the heart of the other."
    - Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment, Epilogue 2

  • "Seven years, only seven years! At the beginning of their happiness at some moments they were both ready to look on those seven years as though they were seven days. He did not know that the new life would not be given him for nothing, that he would have to pay dearly for it, that it would cost him great striving, great suffering."
    - Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment, Epilogue 2

  • "But that is the beginning of a new story – the story of the gradual renewal of a man, the story of his gradual regeneration, of his passing from one world into another, of his initiation into a new unknown life. That might be the subject of a new story, but our present story is ended."
    - Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment, Epilogue 2

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