Anton Pavlovich Chekhov


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  • ''At the door of every happy person there should be a man with a hammer whose knock would serve as a constant reminder of the existence of unfortunate people.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Ivan Ivanych in Gooseberries, Works, vol. 10, 62, "Nauka" (1976).
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  • ''I don't know why one can't chase two rabbits at the same time, even in the literal sense of those words. If you have the hounds, go ahead and pursue.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, September 11, 1888, to his editor and friend, A.S. Suvorin. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 2, p. 326, "Nauka" (1976). Response to Russian proverb "You can't pursue two hares at once."
  • ''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).
  • ''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?"
  • ''Money, like vodka, turns a person into an eccentric.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Ivan Ivanych in Gooseberries, Works, vol. 10, p. 59, "Nauka" (1976).
  • ''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).
  • ''Each of us is full of too many wheels, screws and valves to permit us to judge one another on a first impression or by two or three external signs.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Ivanov in Ivanov, act 3, sc. 6.
  • ''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).
  • ''Women writers should write a lot if they want to write. Take the English women, for example. What amazing workers.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, February 26, 1899, to L.A. Avilova. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 8, p. 107, "Nauka" (1976).
  • ''There are plenty of good people, but only a very, very few are precise and disciplined.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, February 15, 1900, to V.A. Posse. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 9, p. 54, "Nauka" (1980).

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