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Anton Chekhov Quote: “Doctors are just the same as lawyers; the only difference is that lawyers merely rob you, whereas doctors rob you and kill you too.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “If in the first act you have hung a pistol on the wall, then in the following one it should be fired. Otherwise don’t put it there.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “A hungry dog believes in nothing but meat.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Write about this man who, drop by drop, squeezes the slave’s blood out of himself until he wakes one day to find the blood of a real human being – not a slave’s – coursing through his veins.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “A sweet lie is more gracious for us than a virulent but real truth.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “The government is not God. It does not have the right to take away that which it can’t return even if it wants to.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Life on earth is inconceivable without trees.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “To advise is not to compel.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Only during hard times do people come to understand how difficult it is to be master of their feelings and thoughts.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “If in the first act you introduce a gun, by the third act you have to use it.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “I would love to meet a philosopher like Nietzsche on a train or boat and to talk with him all night. Incidentally, I don’t consider his philosophy long-lived. It is not so much persuasive as full of bravura.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “A good upbringing means not that you won’t spill sauce on the tablecloth, but that you won’t notice it when someone else does.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Try to reason about love, and you will lose your reason.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “They say philosophers and wise men are indifferent. Wrong. Indifference is a paralysis of the soul, a premature death.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “In Russia there is no philosophy, but philosophize everything, even the small fry.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Even in Siberia there is happiness.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Despicable means used to achieve laudable goals render the goals themselves despicable.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Try to be original in your play and as clever as possible; but don’t be afraid to show yourself foolish; we must have freedom of thinking, and only he is an emancipated thinker who is not afraid to write foolish things.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “There is nothing more awful, insulting, and depressing than banality.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “If our life has a meaning, an aim, it has nothing to do with our personal happiness, but something wiser and greater.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “There is something beautiful, touching and poetic when one person loves more than the other, and the other is indifferent.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “It’s easier to write about Socrates than about a young woman or a cook.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “My holy of holies is the human body.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Solomon made a big mistake when he asked for wisdom.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “A man who doesn’t drink is not, in my opinion, fully a man.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “It is easy to be a philosopher in academia, but it is very difficult to be a philosopher in life.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Do silly things. Foolishness is a great deal more vital and healthy than our straining and striving after a meaningful life.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “In displaying the psychology of your characters, minute particulars are essential. God save us from vague generalizations!”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “I don’t know why one can’t chase two rabbits at the same time, even in the literal sense of those words. If you have the hounds, go ahead and pursue.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “A tree is beautiful, but what’s more, it has a right to life; like water, the sun and the stars, it is essential. Life on earth is inconceivable without trees.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Narrative prose is a legal wife, while drama is a posturing, boisterous, cheeky and wearisome mistress.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Brevity – the sister of talent.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “In nature a repulsive caterpillar turns into a lovely butterfly. But with human beings it is the other way round: a lovely butterfly turns into a repulsive caterpillar.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “When a person expends the least amount of motion on one action, that is grace.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “At the door of every happy person there should be a man with a hammer whose knock would serve as a constant reminder of the existence of unfortunate people.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “A man wants nothing so badly as a gooseberry farm.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “When a person doesn’t understand something, he feels internal discord: however he doesn’t search for that discord in himself, as he should, but searches outside of himself. Thence a war develops with that which he doesn’t understand.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “To harbor spiteful feelings against ordinary people for not being heroes is possible only for narrow-minded or embittered man.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “The world perishes not from bandits and fires, but from hatred, hostility, and all these petty squabbles.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “You will not become a saint through other people’s sins.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “For God’s sake, have some self-respect and do not run off at the mouth if your brain is out to lunch.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “To fear love is to fear life, and those whose fear life are already three parts dead...”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Without a knowledge of languages you feel as if you don’t have a passport.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Let us learn to appreciate there will be times when the trees will be bare, and look forward to the time when we may pick the fruit.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Your talent sets you apart: if you were a toad or a tarantula, even then, people would respect you, for to talent all things are forgiven.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “He who desires nothing, hopes for nothing, and is afraid of nothing, cannot be an artist.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Lying is the same as alcoholism. Liars prevaricate even on their deathbeds.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “If you say in the first chapter that there is a rifle hanging on the wall, in the second or third chapter it absolutely must go off. If it’s not going to be fired, it shouldn’t be hanging there.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “What must human beings be, to destroy what they can never create?”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “I can only regard with bewilderment an educated man who is also religious.”
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