Anton Pavlovich Chekhov


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  • ''To regard one's immortality as an exchange of matter is as strange as predicting the future of a violin case once the expensive violin it held has broken and lost its worth.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Ragin's interior dialogue in Ward No. 6, Works, vol., "Nauka" (1976).
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  • ''There is no national science just as there is no national multiplication table; anything that is national is not scientific.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Works, Notebook I, vol. 17, p. 37, "Nauka" (1980).
  • ''Watching a woman make Russian pancakes, you might think that she was calling on the spirits or extracting from the batter the philosopher's stone.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Russian Pancakes, Works, vol. 4, p. 361, "Nauka" (1976).
  • ''Isolation in creative work is an onerous thing. Better to have negative criticism than nothing at all.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. letter, May 10, 1886, to his brother, Al.P. Chekhov. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 1, p. 242, "Nauka" (1976).
  • ''It is not only the prisoners who grow coarse and hardened from corporeal punishment, but those as well who perpetrate the act or are present to witness it.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Sakhalin Island, Works, vol. 14, p. 338, "Nauka" (1976). Observations made during a visit to a penal colony on Sakhalin Island.
  • ''That can not possibly be, because it could never possibly be.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Semi-Bulatov in Letter to a Learned Neighbor, Works, vol. 1, p. 14, "Nauka" (1976). Shorthand in Russian for obtuse and illogical thinking.
  • ''A man who doesn't drink is not, in my opinion, fully a man.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, May 8, 1895, to N.A. Leikin. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 6, p. 59, "Nauka" (1976).
  • ''The person who wants nothing, hopes for nothing, and fears nothing can never be an artist.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, November 25, 1892, to his editor and friend, A.S. Suvorin. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 5, p. 134, "Nauka" (1976).
  • ''It is as acceptable now to love the wives of others as it is to smoke their cigars and read their books.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Shopkeeper in The Avenger, Works, vol. 6, p. 332, "Nauka" (1976).
  • ''If you fear loneliness, then don't get married.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Works, Notebook I, vol. 17, p. 85, "Nauka" (1980).

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