Anton Pavlovich Chekhov


Anton Pavlovich Chekhov Quotes

  • ''Only during hard times do people come to understand how difficult it is to be master of their feelings and thoughts.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Misfortune, Works, vol. 5, p. 253, "Nauka" (1976).
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  • ''There is something beautiful, touching and poetic when one person loves more than the other, and the other is indifferent.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Nadya in After the Theater, Works, vol., "Nauka" (1976).
  • ''It's easier to write about Socrates than about a young woman or a cook.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, January 2, 1894, to his editor and friend, A.S. Suvorin. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 5, p. 259, "Nauka" (1976).
  • ''People who live alone always have something on their minds that they would willingly share.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Narrator in About Love, Works, vol. 10, p. 67, "Nauka" (1976).
  • ''I don't care for success. The ideas sitting in my head are annoyed by, and envious of, that which I've already written.''
    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. 47, "Nauka" (1976).
  • ''The thirst for powerful sensations takes the upper hand both over fear and over compassion for the grief of others.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Narrator in An Evil Night, Works, vol. 5, p. 386, "Nauka" (1976). About characters' reaction to a fire.
  • ''Despite your best efforts, you could not invent a better police force for literature than criticism and the author's own conscience.''
    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. 12, "Nauka" (1976).
  • ''By nature servile, people attempt at first glance to find signs of good breeding in the appearance of those who occupy more exalted stations.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Narrator in An Futile Occurrence, Works, vol. 5, p. 302, "Nauka" (1976).
  • ''By poeticizing love, we imagine in those we love virtues that they often do not possess; this then becomes the source of constant mistakes and constant distress.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Narrator in Ariadna, Works, vol. 9, p. 117, "Nauka" (1976).
  • ''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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