Notes from the Underground, by Fyodor Dostoevsky is not for the fainthearted. It is thick reading and takes some slow and careful attention, but this book is guaranteed to increase your brain cells. So, if you are a fan of brain cells, then this will be worth reading. (Plus, this guy is pretty funny if you're on the lookout for humor.)
Themes and quotes to pay attention to:
- Finding pleasure in pain, wickedness, and humiliation
- A hyper-consciousness of goodness as equal to and enjoyment in badness
- The sublime and beautiful
- Loving the process and not the end goal
- Love is equal to tyrannizing and being morally superior
- "Can a man of acute sensitivity respect himself at all?"
- "The best definition of man is: a creature who walks on two legs and is ungrateful"
- "Every decent man in our age has to be a coward and a slave"