40+ Best Crime and Punishment Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Crime and Punishment is a novel by the Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky. It was first published in the literary journal The Russian Messenger in twelve monthly installments during 1866. It was later published in a single volume. Profoundly inspirational Crime and Punishment quotes will make you look at life differently and help you live a meaningful life.

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Famous Crime and Punishment Quotes

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. — Crime and Punishment

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! … How true it is! Good God, how true! Man is a vile creature! … And vile is he who calls him vile for that. — Raskolnikov

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. — Crime and Punishment

He suddenly heard steps in the room where the old woman lay. He stopped short and was still as death. But all was quiet, so it must have been his fancy. All at once he heard distinctly a faint cry, as though some one had uttered a low broken moan. Then again dead silence for a minute or two. He sat squatting on his heels by the box and waited, holding his breath. Suddenly he jumped up, seized the axe and ran out of the bedroom. — Crime and Punishment

If I had succeeded I should have been crowned with glory, but now I’m trapped. — Crime and Punishment

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? — Crime and Punishment

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, — Crime and Punishment

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! You never reach any truth without making fourteen mistakes and very likely a hundred and fourteen. — Crime and Punishment

All is in a man’s hands and he lets it all slip from cowardice, that’s an axiom. It would be interesting to know what it is men are most afraid of. Taking a new step, uttering a new word is what they fear most. — Crime and Punishment

Good God! … 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? — Crime and Punishment

Kill her, take her money and with the help of it devote oneself to the service of humanity and the good of all. What do you think, would not one tiny crime be wiped out by thousands of good deeds? … One death, and a hundred lives in exchange—it’s simple arithmetic! — Student in tavern

But what can I tell you? I have known Rodion for a year and a half; he is moody, melancholy, proud, and haughty; recently (and perhaps for much longer than I know) he has been morbidly depressed and over-anxious about his health. He is kind and generous. He doesn’t like to display his feelings, and would rather seem heartless than talk about them. Sometimes, however, he is not hypochondriacal at all, but simply inhumanly cold and unfeeling. Really, it is as if he had two separate personalities, each dominating him alternately. — Crime and Punishment

Did I murder the old woman? I murdered myself, not her! I crushed myself once for all, forever. … But it was the devil that killed that old woman, not I. — Raskolnikov

Human nature is not taken into account, it is excluded, it’s not supposed to exist! … They believe that a social system that has come out of some mathematical brain is going to organise all humanity at once and make it just and sinless in an instant, quicker than any living process! … The living soul demands life, the soul won’t obey the rules of mechanics. — Razumihin

Suffering, too, is a good thing. Suffer! … Fling yourself straight into life, without deliberation; don’t be afraid—the flood will bear you to the bank and set you safe on your feet again. … You must fulfil the demands of justice. — Porfiry

It was I killed the old pawnbroker woman and her sister Lizaveta with an axe and robbed them. — Crime and Punishment

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. — Crime and Punishment

What all men need is fresh air, fresh air … more than anything! — Svidrigaïlov

I’ve so much to do of my own business and other people’s. Ah, Rodion Romanovitch,’ he added suddenly, what all men need is fresh air, fresh air … more than anything! — Crime and Punishment

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. — Crime and Punishment

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. — Crime and Punishment

Where is it I’ve read that someone condemned to death says or thinks, 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!…How true it is! Good God, how true! Man is a vile creature!…And vile is he who calls him vile for that — Crime and Punishment

If he has a conscience he will suffer for his mistake. That will be punishment – as well as the prison. — Crime and Punishment

Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery. — Crime and Punishment

It’s not a matter of permission or prohibition. He will suffer if he is sorry for his victim. Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on earth. — Crime and Punishment

It began with the socialist doctrine. You know their doctrine; crime is a protest against the abnormality of the social organisation and nothing more, and nothing more; no other causes admitted! — Crime and Punishment

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! — Crime and Punishment

In short, I maintain that all great men or even men a little out of the common, that is to say capable of giving some new word, must from their very nature be criminals—more or less, of course. — Crime and Punishment

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? — Crime and Punishment

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. — Crime and Punishment

I did not bow down to you, I bowed down to all the suffering of humanity,’ he said wildly and walked away to the window. Listen,’ he added, turning to her a minute later. I said just now to an insolent man that he was not worth your little finger. — Crime and Punishment

And He will judge and will forgive all. … And when He has done with all of them, then He will summon us. You too come forth,’ He will say, Come forth ye drunkards, come forth, ye weak ones, come forth, ye children of shame! … This is why I receive them … that not one of them believed himself to be worthy of this.’ — Crime and Punishment

Power is given only to him who dates to stoop and take it… one must have the courage to dare. — Crime and Punishment

You’re a gentleman… You shouldn’t hack about with an axe; that’s not a gentleman’s work. — Crime and Punishment

He ran beside the mare, ran in front of her, saw her being whipped across the eyes, right in the eyes! He was crying, he felt choking, his tears were streaming. One of the men gave him a cut with the whip across the face, he did not feel it. Wringing his hands and screaming, he rushed up to the grey-headed old man with the grey beard, who was shaking his head in disapproval. One woman seized him by the hand and would have taken him away, but he tore himself from her and ran back to the mare. She was almost at the last gasp, but began kicking once more. — Crime and Punishment

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? — Crime and Punishment

Human nature is not taken into account, it is excluded, it’s not supposed to exist! … They believe that a social system that has come out of some mathematical brain is going to organise all humanity at once and make it just and sinless in an instant, quicker than any living process! … The living soul demands life; the soul won’t obey the rules of mechanics. — Crime and Punishment

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. — Crime and Punishment

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. — Crime and Punishment

And He will judge and will forgive all. … And when He has done with all of them, then He will summon us. ‘You too come forth,’ He will say, ‘Come forth ye drunkards, come forth, ye weak ones, come forth, ye children of shame! … This is why I receive them … that not one of them believed himself to be worthy of this.’ — Marmeladov

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. — Crime and Punishment

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! Now for the reign of reason and light…and of will, and of strength…and now we will see! We will try our strength. — Crime and Punishment

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