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"'Excuse me, I want to ask you a serious question,' the student began ardently. 'I was joking just now, but look: on the one hand you have a stupid, meaningless, worthless, wicked, sick old crone, no good to anyone and, on the contrary, harmful to everyone, who doesn't know herself why she's alive, and who will die on her own tomorrow. Understand? Understand?'" (Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment I.VI, p. 65).

Crime and Punishment

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Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky

1821 CE – 1881 CE

Russian writer Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky published journalism and literature prolifically throughout his life, remaining most famous for the psychological depth and dramatic structure of his novels.

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