Anton Pavlovich Chekhov


Anton Pavlovich Chekhov Quotes

  • ''You look at any poetic creature: muslin, ether, demigoddess, millions of delights; then you look into the soul and find the most ordinary crocodile!''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Smirnov in The Bear, sc. 8.
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  • ''In countries where there is a mild climate, less effort is expended on the struggle with nature and man is kinder and more gentle.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Sonya in Uncle Vanya, act 1.
  • ''There is nothing more vapid than a philistine petty bourgeois existence with its farthings, victuals, vacuous conversations, and useless conventional virtue.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, June 16, 1892, to his editor and friend, A.S. Suvorin. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 5, p. 78, "Nauka" (1976).
  • ''To describe drunkenness for the colorful vocabulary is rather cynical. There is nothing easier than to capitalize on drunkards.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, December 24, 1886, to N.A. Leikin. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, v. 1, p. 282, "Nauka" (1976).
  • ''Lermontov died at age twenty-eight and wrote more than have you and I put together. Talent is recognizable not only by quality, but also by the quantity it yields.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, March 6, 1889, to his fellow writer, P.A. Sergeenko. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 3, p. 171, "Nauka" (1976).
  • ''Dear, sweet, unforgettable childhood! Why does this irrevocable time, forever departed, seem brighter, more festive and richer than it actually was?''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. The bishop's thoughts in The Bishop, Works, vol. 10, p. 188, "Nauka" (1976).
  • ''In one-act pieces there should be only rubbish—that is their strength.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, January 6, 1889, letter to his editor and friend, A.S. Suvorin. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 3, p. 130, "Nauka" (1976).
  • ''If you can't distinguish people from lap-dogs, you shouldn't undertake philanthropic work.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. The doctor in The Princess, Works, vol. 7, p. 243, "Nauka" (1976).
  • ''We live not in order to eat, but in order not to know what we feel like eating.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. The Fruits of Long Meditations, Works, vol. 2, p. 371, "Nauka" (1976).
  • ''The more simply we look at ticklish questions, the more placid will be our lives and relationships.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, September 24, 1888, to his brother, A.P. Chekhov. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 2, p. 335, "Nauka" (1976).

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