Notes From The Underground Quotes by Fyodor Dostoevsky and many others.
Suffering is the sole origin of consciousness.
A cultivated and decent man cannot be vain without setting a fearfully high standard for himself, and without despising and almost hating himself at certain moments.
To care only for well-being seems to me positively ill-bred. Whether it’s good or bad, it is sometimes very pleasant, too, to smash things.
To be acutely conscious is a disease, a real, honest-to-goodness disease.
To be too conscious is an illness. A real thorough going illness.
Perhaps I really regard myself as an intelligent man only because throughout my entire life I’ve never been able to start or finish anything.
What man wants is simply independent choice, whatever that independence may cost and wherever it may lead.
I am a sick man…I am a spiteful man. An unattractive man. I think that my liver hurts.