Anton Pavlovich Chekhov


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  • ''Without a knowledge of languages you feel as if you don't have a passport.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, November 1889, to his editor and friend, A.S. Suvorin. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 3, p. 286, "Nauka" (1976).
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  • ''All great sages are as despotic as generals, and as ungracious and indelicate as generals, because they are confident of their impunity.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, September 8, 1891, to his editor and friend, A.S. Suvorin. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 4, p. 270, "Nauka" (1976).
  • ''Better to die at the hands of fools than to accept praise from them.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Works, Notebook I, vol. 17, p. 85, "Nauka" (1980).
  • ''They say that in the end truth will triumph, but it's a lie.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Works, Notebook I, vol. 17, p. 80, "Nauka" (1980).
  • ''When performing an autopsy, even the most inveterate spiritualist would have to question where the soul is.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, May 7, 1889, to his editor and friend, A.S. Suvorin. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 3, p. 208, "Nauka" (1976).
  • ''One must speak about serious things seriously.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, September 9, 1888, to the writer A.N. Pleshcheev. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 2, p. 331, "Nauka" (1976).
  • ''He who constantly swims in the ocean loves dry land.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, September 16, 1891, to E.M. Shavrova. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 4, p. 273, "Nauka" (1976).
  • ''Solomon made a big mistake when he asked for wisdom.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Works, Notebook I, vol. 17, p. 8, "Nauka" (1980).
  • ''I divide all literary works into two categories: Those I like and those I don't like. No other criterion exists for me.''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, March 22, 1890, to the writer I.L. Leontiev. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 4, p. 45, "Nauka" (1976).
  • ''What a delight it is to respect people!''
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Works, Notebook I, vol. 17, p. 41, "Nauka" (1980).

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