Quotations From ANTON PAVLOVICH CHEKHOV

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  • Not one of our mortal gauges is suitable for evaluating non-existence, for making judgments about that which is not a person.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Works, Notebook I, vol. 17, p. 101, "Nauka" (1980).
  • When we retreat to the country, we are hiding not from people, but from our pride, which, in the city and among people, operates unfairly and immoderately.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, March 17, 1892, to his editor and friend, A.S. Suvorin. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 5, p. 25, "Nauka" (1976).

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  • One had better not rush, otherwise dung comes out rather than creative work.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, August 18, 1891, to his editor and friend, A.S. Suvorin. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 4, p. 262, "Nauka" (1976).

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  • Narrative prose is a legal wife, while drama is a posturing, boisterous, cheeky and wearisome mistress.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, January 15, 1889, to A.N. Pleshcheev. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 3, p. 139, "Nauka" (1976).

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  • All great sages are as despotic as generals, and as ungracious and indelicate as generals, because they are confident of their impunity.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, September 8, 1891, to his editor and friend, A.S. Suvorin. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 4, p. 270, "Nauka" (1976).
  • Better to die at the hands of fools than to accept praise from them.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Works, Notebook I, vol. 17, p. 85, "Nauka" (1980).
  • They say that in the end truth will triumph, but it's a lie.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Works, Notebook I, vol. 17, p. 80, "Nauka" (1980).

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  • There isn't a Monday that would not cede its place to Tuesday.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Works, vol. 17, p. 213, "Nauka" (1980).
  • When performing an autopsy, even the most inveterate spiritualist would have to question where the soul is.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, May 7, 1889, to his editor and friend, A.S. Suvorin. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 3, p. 208, "Nauka" (1976).
  • One must speak about serious things seriously.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, September 9, 1888, to the writer A.N. Pleshcheev. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 2, p. 331, "Nauka" (1976).
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