Quotations From ANTON PAVLOVICH CHEKHOV

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  • 51.
    I promise to be an excellent husband, but give me a wife who, like the moon, will not appear every day in my sky.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, March 23, 1895, to his editor and friend, A.S. Suvorin. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 6, p. 40, "Nauka" (1976).

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  • 52.
    A fiancé is neither this nor that: he's left one shore, but not yet reached the other.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Narrator in Love, Works, vol. 5, p. 89, "Nauka" (1976).
  • 53.
    Exquisite nature, daydreams, and music say one thing, real life another.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Narrator in In a Native Corner, Works, vol. 9, p. 324, "Nauka" (1976).

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  • 54.
    Our pride and self-importance are European, while our development and actions are Asiatic.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Works, Notebook I, vol. 17, p. 87, "Nauka" (1980). Comments on the Russian character.

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  • 55.
    All of life and human relations have become so incomprehensibly complex that, when you think about it, it becomes terrifying and your heart stands still.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Narrator in In a Cart, Works, vol. 9, p. 338, "Nauka" (1976).

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  • 56.
    When an actor has money, he sends not letters, but telegrams.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Works, Notebook IV, vol. 17, p. 181, "Nauka" (1980).

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  • 57.
    Just as I shall lie alone in the grave, so, in essence, do I live alone.
    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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  • 58.
    Once you've married, be strict but just with your wife, don't allow her to forget herself, and when a misunderstanding arises, say: "Don't forget that I made you happy."
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Narrator in Guide for Those Wishing to Marry, Works, vol. 4, p. 198, "Nauka" (1976).

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  • 59.
    The sea has neither meaning nor pity.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Narrator in Gusev, Works, vol., "Nauka" (1976).

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  • 60.
    The more simply we look at ticklish questions, the more placid will be our lives and relationships.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, September 24, 1888, to his brother, A.P. Chekhov. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 2, p. 335, "Nauka" (1976).
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