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Anton Pavlovich Chekhov


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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).
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  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''There is nothing more awful, insulting, and depressing than banality.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Nikitin in The Teacher of Literature, Works, vol. 8, p. 332, "Nauka" (1976). Battling poshlost (roughly "banality") was Chekhov's foremost cause.
  • ''A good upbringing means not that you won't spill sauce on the tablecloth, but that you won't notice it when someone else does.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Works, Notebook I, vol. 17, p. 31, "Nauka" (1980).
  • ''Do you remember you shot a seagull? A man came by chance, saw it and destroyed it, just to pass the time.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian dramatist, author. Nina, in The Seagull, act 4 (1896), trans. by Elisaveta Fen (1954). Spoken to Trepliov, who shot the bird in act 1, laying it at Nina's feet as a symbol of his ruined hopes.
  • ''Even while lying, you'll be believed if you speak with authority.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Works, Notebook I, vol. 17, p. 86, "Nauka" (1980).

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