— Fyodor Dostoyevsky, livro The Dream of a Ridiculous Man
Fonte: The Dream of a Ridiculous Man (1877), III
Contexto: On our earth we can only love with suffering and through suffering. We cannot love otherwise, and we know of no other sort of love. I want suffering in order to love. I long, I thirst, this very instant, to kiss with tears the earth that I have left, and I don't want, I won't accept life on any other!