Crime and PunishmenteBook - 2018
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You see, we educated people have no specially sacred traditions, unless indeed one of us invents them for himself from books -- or copies them out from some ancient chronicles. But those are mostly scholars, eccentric fools, in a way, so that to a man of the world it's even unbecoming to be like them.
In a morbid condition of the brain, dreams often have a singular actuality, vividness and extraordinary semblance of reality. At times, monstrous images are created, but the setting and the whole picture are so truth-like and filled with details so delicate, so unexpected, but so artistically consistent, that the dreamer, were he an artist like Pushkin or Turgenev even, could never have invented them in the waking state. Such sick dreams always remain long the memory and make a powerful impression on the overwrought and deranged nervous system.
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