'Crime and Punishment' Quotes

Fyodor Dostoevsky's Famous Novel

Study GuideWhat happens when a poor man has murderous thoughts? But, then, what happens when Raskolnikov feels guilty? Here are a few famous quotes from Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky.
  • "Why am I going there now? Am I capable of that? Is that serious? It is not serious at all. It's simply a fantasy to amuse myself; a plaything! Yes, maybe it is a plaything."
    - Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment, Ch. 1

  • "Why am I to be pitied, you say? Yes! There's nothing to pity me for! I ought to be crucified, crucified on a cross, not pitied! Crucify me, oh judge, crucify me but pity me?"
    - Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment, Ch. 2

  • "What if man is not really a scoundrel, man in general, I mean, the whole race of mankind-then all the rest is prejudice, simply artificial terrors and there are no barriers and it's all as it should be."
    - Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment, Ch. 2

  • "Good God!" he cried, "can it be, can it be, that I shall really take an axe, that I shall strike her on the head, split her skull open... that I shall tread in the sticky warm blood, blood... with the axe... Good God, can it be?"
    - Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment, Ch. 5

  • "Where is it I've read that someone condemned to death says or think, an hour before his death, that if he had to live on some high rock, on such a narrow ledge that he'd only room to stand, and the ocean, everlasting darkness, everlasting solitude, everlasting tempest around him, if he had to remain standing on a square yard of space all his life, a thousand years, eternity, it were better to live so than to die at once! Only to live, to live and live! Life, whatever it may be!"
    - Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment, Ch. 13

  • "Life is real! Haven't I lived just now? My life has not yet died with that old woman! The Kingdom of Heaven to her-and now enough, madam, leave me in peace!"
    - Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment, Ch. 14

  • "Actions are sometimes performed in a masterly and most cunning way, while the direction of the actions is deranged and dependent on various morbid impressions-it's like a dream."
    - Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment, Ch. 17

  • "If he has a conscience he will suffer for his mistake. That will be punishment-as well as the prison."
    - Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment, Ch. 19

  • "I did not bow down to you, I bowed down to all the suffering of humanity."
    - Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment, Ch. 24

  • "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, Ch. 30

  • "It was I killed the old pawnbroker woman and her sister Lizaveta with an axe and robbed them."
    - Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment, Ch. 39

  • "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