From Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Idiot, Part II Chapter IV, trans. Eva Martin. The italics are in the original.
“As to faith,” [the Prince] said smiling, and evidently unwilling to leave Rogozhin in this state—“as to faith, I had four curious conversations in two days, a week or so ago. One morning I met a man in the train, and made acquaintance with him at once. I had often heard of him as a very learned man, but an atheist; and I was very glad of the opportunity of conversing with so eminent and clever a person. He doesn’t believe in God, and he talked a good deal about it, but all the while it appeared to me that he was speaking outside the subject. And it has always struck me, both in speaking to such men and in reading their books, that they do not seem to really to be touching on that at all, though on the surface they may appear to do so. I told him this, but I dare say I did not clearly express what I mean, for he could not understand me.”