Quotations From ANTON PAVLOVICH CHEKHOV

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  • The person who wants nothing, hopes for nothing, and fears nothing can never be an artist.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, November 25, 1892, to his editor and friend, A.S. Suvorin. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 5, p. 134, "Nauka" (1976).
  • It is as acceptable now to love the wives of others as it is to smoke their cigars and read their books.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Shopkeeper in The Avenger, Works, vol. 6, p. 332, "Nauka" (1976).

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  • A man who doesn't drink is not, in my opinion, fully a man.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, May 8, 1895, to N.A. Leikin. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 6, p. 59, "Nauka" (1976).
  • That can not possibly be, because it could never possibly be.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Semi-Bulatov in Letter to a Learned Neighbor, Works, vol. 1, p. 14, "Nauka" (1976). Shorthand in Russian for obtuse and illogical thinking.
  • To regard one's immortality as an exchange of matter is as strange as predicting the future of a violin case once the expensive violin it held has broken and lost its worth.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Ragin's interior dialogue in Ward No. 6, Works, vol., "Nauka" (1976).

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  • It is a poor thing for the writer to take on that which he doesn't understand.
    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. 45, "Nauka" (1976).
  • When a thinking person attains adulthood and develops a mature consciousness, he reluctantly feels himself in a trap from which there is no exit.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Ragin in Ward No. 6, Works, vol. 8, p. 89, "Nauka" (1976).
  • Everyone judges plays as if they were very easy to write. They don't know that it is hard to write a good play, and twice as hard and tortuous to write a bad one.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, May 4, 1889, to his editor and friend, A.S. Suvorin. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 3, p. 204, "Nauka" (1976).
  • When a person is born, he can embark on only one of three roads of life: if you go right, the wolves will eat you; if you go left, you'll eat the wolves; if you go straight, you'll eat yourself.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Petrin in Fatherless, act I, sc. 14.

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  • 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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