Crime and Punishment

by: Fyodor Dostoevsky

Part III: Chapters I–III

1

I like them to talk nonsense. That’s man’s one privilege over all creation. Through error you come to the truth! I am a man because I err!

2

To go wrong in your own way is better than to go right in someone else’s. In the first case you’re a human being, in the second you’re no better than a bird.

3

“Of course,” he muttered to himself a minute later with a feeling of self-abasement, “of course, all these bad deeds can never be wiped out or smoothed over … and so it’s useless even to think of it, and I must go to them in silence and do my duty … in silence, too … and not ask forgiveness, and say nothing … now all is lost!”

4

Why do you demand I have a heroism that maybe you don’t have either? It’s dictatorial; it’s tyrannical. If I ruin anyone, then I’ll only be ruining myself … I’m not committing a murder. Why are you looking at me like that? Why are you so pale?