Anton Pavlovich Chekhov


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  • ''I think that it would be less difficult to live eternally than to be deprived of sleep throughout life.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, December 9, 1890, letter to his editor and friend, A.S. Suvorin. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 4, p. 146, "Nauka" (1976).
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  • ''Is it our job to judge? The gendarme, policemen and bureaucrats have been especially prepared by fate for that job. Our job is to write, and only to write.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, April 27, 1899, to L.A. Avilova. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 8, p. 159, "Nauka" (1976).
  • ''Lying is the same as alcoholism. Liars prevaricate even on their deathbeds.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, October 9, 1888, to the writer A.N. Pleshcheev. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 3, p. 20, "Nauka" (1976).
  • ''Prudence and justice tell me that in electricity and steam there is more love for man than in chastity and abstinence from meat.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, March 27, 1894, to his editor and friend, A.S. Suvorin. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 5, p. 284, "Nauka" (1977). Reevaluation of Tolstoyan principles that previously attracted him.
  • ''You are right to demand that an artist engage his work consciously, but you confuse two different things: solving the problem and correctly posing the question.''
    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. 46, "Nauka" (1976).
  • ''When we retreat to the country, we are hiding not from people, but from our pride, which, in the city and among people, operates unfairly and immoderately.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, March 17, 1892, to his editor and friend, A.S. Suvorin. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 5, p. 25, "Nauka" (1976).
  • ''Not one of our mortal gauges is suitable for evaluating non-existence, for making judgments about that which is not a person.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Works, Notebook I, vol. 17, p. 101, "Nauka" (1980).
  • ''One had better not rush, otherwise dung comes out rather than creative work.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, August 18, 1891, to his editor and friend, A.S. Suvorin. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 4, p. 262, "Nauka" (1976).
  • ''Narrative prose is a legal wife, while drama is a posturing, boisterous, cheeky and wearisome mistress.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, January 15, 1889, to A.N. Pleshcheev. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 3, p. 139, "Nauka" (1976).
  • ''Humankind has understood history as a series of battles because, to this day, it regards conflict as the central facet of life.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Works, Notebook I, vol. 17, p. 7, "Nauka" (1980).

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