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Anton Pavlovich Chekhov


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  • ''Tsars and slaves, the intelligent and the obtuse, publicans and pharisees all have an identical legal and moral right to honor the memory of the deceased as they see fit, without regard for anyone else's opinion and without the fear of hindering one another.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, March 30, 1888, to K.S. Barantsevich. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 2, p. 242, "Nauka" (1976).
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  • ''Thought and beauty, like a hurricane or waves, should not know conventional, delimited forms.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Narrator in The Letter, Works, vol. 7, p. 511, "Nauka" (1976).
  • ''It always seems to the brothers and the father that their brother or son didn't marry the right person.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Works, Notebook I, vol. 17, p. 10, "Nauka" (1980).
  • ''It's even pleasant to be sick when you know that there are people who await your recovery as they might await a holiday.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Narrator in The Story of an Unknown Man, Works, vol. 8, p. 198, "Nauka" (1976).
  • ''Hypocrisy is a revolting, psychopathic state.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, August 29, 1888, to the writer I.L. Leontev. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 2, p. 322, "Nauka" (1976).
  • ''Country acquaintances are charming only in the country and only in the summer. In the city in winter they lose half of their appeal.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. narrator in The Story of Mme. NN, Works, vol. 6, p. 452, "Nauka" (1976).
  • ''In my opinion it is harmful to place important things in the hands of philanthropy, which in Russia is marked by a chance character. Nor should important matters depend on leftovers, which are never there. I would prefer that the government treasury take care of it.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, December 17, 1890, letter to his editor and friend, A.S. Suvorin. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 4, p. 169, "Nauka" (1976).
  • ''[Ognev] recalled endless, heated, purely Russian arguments, when the wranglers, spraying spittle and banging their fists on the table, fail to understand yet interrupt one another, themselves not even noticing it, contradict themselves with every phrase, change the subject, then, having argued for two or three hours, begin to laugh.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Narrator in Verochka, Works, vol. 6, p. 75, "Nauka" (1976).
  • ''I can't accept "our nervous age," since mankind has been nervous during every age. Whoever fears nervousness should turn into a sturgeon or smelt; if a sturgeon makes a stupid mistake, it can only be one: to end up on a hook, and then in a pan in a pastry shell.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. letter, February 28, 1895, to. E.M. Savrova-Yust. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 6, p. 30, "Nauka" (1976).
  • ''There are no small number of people in this world who, solitary by nature,
    always try to go back into their shell like a hermit crab or a snail.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Narrator of Man in a Case, Works, vol. 10, p. 42, "Nauka" (1976).

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