I will put up with any mockery rather than pretend that I am satisfied when I am hungry.
He was experiencing a terrible sense of disorder that affected his whole being. He was afraid he would lose control of himself. He tried to fasten his attention on something, think about something—anything at all—that had nothing whatever to do with all this, but failed completely.
You’re sorry that the ephemeral beauty has faded so rapidly, so irretrievably, that it flashed so deceptively and pointlessly before your eyes—you’re sorry, for you didn’t even have time to fall in love.
I was a mere fly in the eyes of all this world, a nasty, disgusting fly - more intelligent, more highly developed, more refined in feeling than any of them, of course - but a fly that was continually making way for everyone, insulted and injured by everyone.
An atheist cannot be Russian, an atheist immediately ceases to be Russian.
I love beauty. I am a nihilist, but I love beauty. Don’t nihilists love beauty? The only thing they do not love is idols, but I love an idol. You are my idol! You don’t insult anyone, and everyone hates you; you look on everyone as your equal, and everyone is afraid of you.
Talk nonsense, but talk your own nonsense, and I’ll kiss you for it.
Nature cares nothing for logic, our human logic: she has her own, which we do not recognize and do not acknowledge until we are crushed under its wheel.