Anton Pavlovich Chekhov


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  • ''If I were asked to chose between execution and life in prison I would, of course, chose the latter. It's better to live somehow than not at all.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. The lawyer in The Bet, Works, vol. 7, p. 229, "Nauka" (1976).
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  • ''Love is a scandal of the personal sort.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. The Piano Player, Works, vol. 4, p. 206, "Nauka" (1976).
  • ''One can only call that youth healthful which refuses to be reconciled old ways and which, foolishly or shrewdly, combats the old. This is nature's charge and all progress hinges upon it.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, March 29, 1890, to his editor and friend, A.S. Suvorin. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 4, p. 49, "Nauka" (1976).
  • ''The wealthy are always surrounded by hangers-on; science and art are as well.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. The professor in A Boring Story, Works, vol. 7, p. 276, "Nauka" (1976).
  • ''Nothing lulls and inebriates like money; when you have a lot, the world seems a better place than it actually is.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Works, vol. 17, p. 211, "Nauka" (1980).
  • ''The world is a fine place. The only thing wrong with it is us. How little justice and humility there is in us, how poorly we understand patriotism!''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, December 9, 1890, to his editor and friend, A.S. Suvorin. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 4, p. 140, "Nauka" (1976).
  • ''Death can only be profitable: there's no need to eat, drink, pay taxes, offend people, and since a person lies in a grave for hundreds or thousands of years, if you count it up the profit turns out to be enormous.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. The undertaker Yakov in Rothschild's Fiddle, Works, vol. 8, p. 304, "Nauka" (1976).
  • ''We learn about life not from plusses alone, but from minuses as well.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, December 23, 1888, to his editor and friend, A.S. Suvorin. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 3, p. 99, "Nauka" (1976).
  • ''It's not a matter of old or new forms; a person writes without thinking about any forms, he writes because it flows freely from his soul.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Trigorin in The Seagull, act 4.
  • ''There isn't a Monday that would not cede its place to Tuesday.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Works, vol. 17, p. 213, "Nauka" (1980).

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