Quotations From ANTON PAVLOVICH CHEKHOV

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  • 101.
    Isolation in creative work is an onerous thing. Better to have negative criticism than nothing at all.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. letter, May 10, 1886, to his brother, Al.P. Chekhov. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 1, p. 242, "Nauka" (1976).

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  • 102.
    It is not only the prisoners who grow coarse and hardened from corporeal punishment, but those as well who perpetrate the act or are present to witness it.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Sakhalin Island, Works, vol. 14, p. 338, "Nauka" (1976). Observations made during a visit to a penal colony on Sakhalin Island.
  • 103.
    Despicable means used to achieve laudable goals renders the goals themselves despicable.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, August 1, 1892, to his editor and friend, A.S. Suvorin. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 5, p. 101, "Nauka" (1976).
  • 104.
    There are in life such confluences of circumstances that render the reproach that we are not Voltaires most inopportune.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, February 6, 1898, to his editor and friend, A.S. Suvorin. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 7, p. 167, "Nauka" (1976).

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  • 105.
    It has become customary to say that a man needs only six feet of land. But a corpse needs six feet, not a person.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Ivan Ivanych in Gooseberries, Works, vol. 10, p. 58, "Nauka" (1976). See Tolstoy's "How much land does a man need?"
  • 106.
    Death can only be profitable: there's no need to eat, drink, pay taxes, offend people, and since a person lies in a grave for hundreds or thousands of years, if you count it up the profit turns out to be enormous.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. The undertaker Yakov in Rothschild's Fiddle, Works, vol. 8, p. 304, "Nauka" (1976).

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  • 107.
    Prudence and justice tell me that in electricity and steam there is more love for man than in chastity and abstinence from meat.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, March 27, 1894, to his editor and friend, A.S. Suvorin. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 5, p. 284, "Nauka" (1977). Reevaluation of Tolstoyan principles that previously attracted him.

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  • 108.
    You are right to demand that an artist engage his work consciously, but you confuse two different things: solving the problem and correctly posing the question.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, October 27, 1888, to his editor and friend, A.S. Suvorin. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 3, p. 46, "Nauka" (1976).

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  • 109.
    Happiness does not await us all. One needn't be a prophet to say that there will be more grief and pain than serenity and money. That is why we must hang on to one another.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, March 3, 1888, to K.S. Barantsevich. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 2, p. 223, "Nauka" (1976).

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  • 110.
    There are people whom even children's literature would corrupt. They read with particular enjoyment the piquant passages in the Psalter and in the Wisdom of Solomon.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, January 14, 1887, to M.V. Kiseleva. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 2, p. 11, "Nauka" (1976).

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