Anton Pavlovich Chekhov


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  • ''When you're thirsty and it seems that you could drink the entire ocean—that's faith; when you start to drink and finish only a glass or two—that's science.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Works, Notebook I, vol. 17, pp. 95-96, "Nauka" (1980).
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  • ''If only one tooth aches, rejoice that not all of them ache.... If your wife betrays you, be glad that she betrayed only you and not the nation.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Life is Wonderful! (For those considering suicide), Works, vol. 3, pp. 235-236, "Nauka" (1976).
  • ''When you live on cash, you understand the limits of the world around which you navigate each day. Credit leads into a desert with invisible boundaries.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, August 18, 1893, to his editor and friend, A.S. Suvorin. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 5, p. 226, "Nauka" (1976).
  • ''Faith is an aptitude of the spirit. It is, in fact, a talent: you must be born with it.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Likharev in On the Road, Works, vol. 5, p. 468, "Nauka" (1976).
  • ''The cherry orchard is now mine!... I bought the estate on which my grandfather and father were slaves, where they were not even permitted in the kitchen.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Lopakhin in The Cherry Orchard, act 3, "Nauka" (1976).
  • ''The wealthy man is not he who has money, but he who has the means to live in the luxurious state of early spring.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, April 29, 1892, to L.A. Avilova. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 5, p. 58, "Nauka" (1976).
  • ''I'm in mourning for my life.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian dramatist, author. Masha, in The Seagull, act 1 (1896), trans. by Elisaveta Fen (1954). Masha's first words in the play, in answer to the question, "Why do you always wear black?"
  • ''Comfort and convenience possess a magical power; little by little they suck in even people with strong wills.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Misail Poloznev in My Life, Works, vol. 9, p. 228, "Nauka" (1976).
  • ''It's easier to ask for money from the poor than from the wealthy.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Works, Notebook IV, vol. 17, p. 161, "Nauka" (1980).
  • ''Everything is good in due measure and strong sensations know not measure.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, February 11, 1889, to N.M. Lintvareva. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 3, p. 149, "Nauka" (1976).

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