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Quotations From ANTON PAVLOVICH CHEKHOV

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  • 81.
    When a person expends the least amount of motion on one action, that is grace.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, January 3, 1899, to Maxim Gorky. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 8, p. 11, "Nauka" (1976).
  • 82.
    Neither I nor anyone else knows what a standard is. We all recognize a dishonorable act, but have no idea what honor is.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, April 9, 1889, to the writer A.N. Pleshcheev. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 3, p. 186, "Nauka" (1976).
  • 83.
    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).
  • 84.
    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.

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  • 85.
    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).

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  • 86.
    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).

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  • 87.
    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).

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  • 88.
    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).

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  • 89.
    Without a knowledge of languages you feel as if you don't have a passport.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, November 1889, to his editor and friend, A.S. Suvorin. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 3, p. 286, "Nauka" (1976).
  • 90.
    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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