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Quotes

Find the perfect quote to float your boat. Shmoop breaks down key quotations from Notes from the Underground.

Life, Consciousness, and Existence Quotes

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 livin...

Literature and Writing Quotes

Then I should have chosen a career for myself, I should have been a sluggard and a glutton, not a simple one, but, for instance, one with sympathies for everything sublime and beautiful. How do you...

Fate and Free Will Quotes

The impossible means the stone wall! What stone wall? Why, of course, the laws of nature, the deductions of natural science, mathematics. As soon as they prove to you, for instance, that you are de...

Philosophical Viewpoints: Existentialism Quotes

I was lying when I said just now that I was a spiteful official. I was lying from spite. (1.1.5)

Suffering Quotes

…tearing and consuming myself till at last the bitterness turned into a sort of shameful accursed sweetness, and at last – into positive real enjoyment! Yes, into enjoyment, into enjoym...

Hate Quotes

I am a sick man.... I am a spiteful man. I am an unattractive man. (1.1.1)

Isolation Quotes

"Possibly," you will add on your own account with a grin, "people will not understand it either who have never received a slap in the face," and in that way you will politely hint to me that I, too...

Society and Class Quotes

"Why must you invariably be the first to move aside?" I kept asking myself in hysterical rage, waking up sometimes at three o'clock in the morning. "Why is it you and not he? There's no regulation...

Revenge Quotes

I should certainly have never been able to do anything from being magnanimous – neither to forgive, for my assailant would perhaps have slapped me from the laws of nature, and one cannot forg...

Principles Quotes

But the reason why he wants sometimes to go off at a tangent may just be that he is predestined to make the road, and perhaps, too, that however stupid the "direct" practical man may be, the though...
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