Anton Pavlovich Chekhov


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  • ''Better a debauched canary than a pious wolf.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Noxious Thoughts, Works, vol. 3, p. 195, "Nauka" (1976).
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  • ''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).
  • ''A good person will feel guilty even before a dog.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Works, Notebook IV, vol. 17, p. 152, "Nauka" (1980).
  • ''I myself smoke, but my wife asked me to speak today on the harmfulness of tobacco, so what can I do? If it's tobacco, then let it be tobacco.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. On the Harmfulness of Tobacco, Works, vol. 13, p., "Nauka" (1976).
  • ''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).
  • ''It's immoral to steal, but you can take things.
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    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Out Beggary, Works, vol. 16, p. 240, "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.
  • ''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).

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