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Anton Chekhov Quote: “I’m in mourning for my life.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “People’s destinies are so different. Some people drag along, unnoticed and boring – they’re all alike, and they’re all unhappy. Then there are others, like for instance you – you’re one in a million. You’re happy –.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “The task of a writer is not to solve the problem but to state the problem correctly.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Life is a vexatious trap; when a thinking man reaches maturity and attains to full consciousness he cannot help feeling that he is in a trap from which there is no escape.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “If ever my life can be of any use to you, come and claim it.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “One must never place a loaded rifle on the stage if it isn’t going to go off. It’s wrong to make promises you don’t mean to keep.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Better a debauched canary than a pious wolf.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “The snow has not yet left the earth but spring is already asking to enter your heart...”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Fine. Since the tea is not forthcoming, let’s have a philosophical conversation.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “There ought to be a man with a hammer behind the door of every happy man.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “MEDVIEDENKO Why do you always wear mourning? MASHA I dress in black to match my life. I am unhappy.”
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: “Never bring a cannon on stage in Act I unless you intend to fire it by the last act.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Everything on earth is beautiful, everything – except what we ourselves think and do when we forget the higher purposes of life and our own human dignity.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “And what does it mean – dying? Perhaps man has a hundred senses, and only the five we know are lost at death, while the other ninety-five remain alive.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “I think human beings must have faith or must look for faith, otherwise our life is empty, empty. To live and not to know why the cranes fly, why children are born, why there are stars in the sky. You must know why you are alive, or else everything is nonsense, just blowing in the wind.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Love is a scandal of the personal sort.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “All great sages are as despotic as generals, and as ungracious and indelicate as generals, because they are confident of their impunity.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Capital punishment kills immediately, whereas lifetime imprisonment does so slowly. Which executioner is more humane? The one whokills you in a few minutes, or the one who wrests your life from you in the course of many years?”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “I should think I’m going to be a perpetual student.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Only one who loves can remember so well.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Once a man gets a fixed idea, there’s nothing to be done.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “A man can deceive his fiancee or his mistress as much as he likes and, in the eyes of a woman he loves, an ass may pass for a philosopher. But a daughter is a different matter.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Reason and justice tell me there’s more love for humanity in electricity and steam than in chastity and vegetarianism.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “I kept thinking how marvellous it would be if I could somehow tear my heart, which felt so heavy, out of my chest.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “When all is said and done, no literature can outdo the cynicism of real life; you won’t intoxicate with one glass someone who has already drunk up a whole barrel.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “The wealthy man is not he who has money, but he who has the means to live in the luxurious state of early spring.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “I am not a liberal, not a conservative, not a believer in gradual progress, not a monk. I should like to be a free artist and nothing more.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “You confuse two things: solving a problem and stating a problem correctly. It is only the second that is obligatory for an artist.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “A naive man is nothing better than a fool. But you women contrive to be naive in such a way that in you it seems sweet, and gentle, and proper, and not as silly as it really is.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “There should be more sincerity and heart in human relations, more silence and simplicity in our interactions. Be rude when you’re angry, laugh when something is funny, and answer when you’re asked.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Life does not agree with philosophy: There is no happiness that is not idleness, and only what is useless is pleasurable.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “My own experience is that once a story has been written, one has to cross out the beginning and the end. It is there that we authors do most of our lying.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “What seems to us serious, significant and important will, in future times, be forgotten or won’t seem important at all.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “I don’t understand anything about the ballet; all I know is that during the intervals the ballerinas stink like horses.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Faith is an aptitude of the spirit. It is, in fact, a talent: you must be born with it.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Watching a woman make Russian pancakes, you might think that she was calling on the spirits or extracting from the batter the philosopher’s stone.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “In general, Russia suffers from a frightening poverty in the sphere of facts and a frightening wealth of all types of arguments.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Each of us is full of too many wheels, screws and valves to permit us to judge one another on a first impression or by two or three external signs.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “By nature servile, people attempt at first glance to find signs of good breeding in the appearance of those who occupy more exalted stations.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “If there’s any illness for which people offer many remedies, you may be sure that particular illness is incurable, I think.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Thought and beauty, like a hurricane or waves, should not know conventional, delimited forms.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “A fiance is neither this nor that: he’s left one shore, but not yet reached the other.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “To judge between good or bad, between successful and unsuccessful would take the eye of a God.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Calculating selfishness is the annihilation of self.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Oh, I have now a mania for shortness. Whatever I read – my own or other people’s works – it all seems to me not short enough.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “In all my life I never met anyone so frivolous as you two, so crazy and unbusinesslike. I tell you in plain Russian your property is going to be sold and you don’t seem to understand what I say.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “I myself smoke, but my wife asked me to speak today on the harmfulness of tobacco, so what can I do? If it’s tobacco, then let it be tobacco.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “He is no longer a city dweller who has even once in his life caught a ruff or seen how, on clear and cool autumn days, flocks of migrating thrushes drift over a village. Until his death he will be drawn to freedom.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “The stupider the peasant, the better the horse understands him.”
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