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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: “Calculating selfishness is the annihilation of self.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Thought and beauty, like a hurricane or waves, should not know conventional, delimited forms.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “When you want to touch the reader’s heart, try to be colder. It gives their grief as it were, a background, against which it stands out in greater relief.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “It’s even pleasant to be sick when you know that there are people who await your recovery as they might await a holiday.”
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: “How unbearable at times are people who are happy, people for whom everything works out.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “The stupider the peasant, the better the horse understands him.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Do you see that tree? It is dead but it still sways in the wind with the others. I think it would be like that with me. That if I died I would still be part of life in one way or another.”
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: “And only now, when he was gray-haired, had he fallen in love properly, thoroughly, for the first time in his life.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Writers are as jealous as pigeons.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “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 Chekhov Quote: “The desire to serve the common good must without fail be a requisite of the soul, a necessity for personal happiness; if it issuesnot from there, but from theoretical or other considerations, it is not at all the same thing.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “The thirst for powerful sensations takes the upper hand both over fear and over compassion for the grief of others.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Satiation, like any state of vitality, always contains a degree of impudence, and that impudence emerges first and foremost when the sated man instructs the hungry one.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “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 Chekhov Quote: “Of course politics is an interesting and engrossing thing. It offers no immutable laws, nearly always prevaricates, but as far asblather and sharpening the mind go, it provides inexhaustible material.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “What a delight it is to respect people!”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “It’s been a long time since I’ve had champagne.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “The more cultured a man, the less fortunate he is.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “A woman can become a man’s friend only in the following stages – first an acquantaince, next a mistress, and only then a friend.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “One must be a god to be able to tell successes from failures without making a mistake.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Our pride and self-importance are European, while our development and actions are Asiatic.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “An artist’s flair is sometimes worth a scientist’s brains.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “When men ask me how I know so much about men, they get a simple answer: everything I know about men, I learned from me.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Three o’clock in the morning. The soft April night is looking at my windows and caressingly winking at me with its stars. I can’t sleep, I am so happy.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Nothing lulls and inebriates like money; when you have a lot, the world seems a better place than it actually is.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Those who come a hundred or two hundred years after us will despise us for having lived our lives so stupidly and tastelessly. Perhaps they’ll find a means to be happy.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “You look at any poetic creature: muslin, ether, demigoddess, millions of delights; then you look into the soul and find the most ordinary crocodile!”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “You look boldly ahead; isn’t it only that you don’t see or divine anything terrible in the future; because life is still hidden from your young eyes.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “There are no small number of people in this world who, solitary by nature, always try to go back into their shell like a hermit crab or a snail.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “The problem is that we attempt to solve the simplest questions cleverly, thereby rendering them unusually complex. One should seekthe simple solution.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “For the salvation of his soul the Muslim digs a well. It would be a fine thing if each of us were to leave behind a school, or a well, or something of the sort, so that life would not pass by and retreat into eternity without a trace.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Everything is good in due measure and strong sensations know not measure.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Just as I shall lie alone in the grave, so, in essence, do I live alone.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Ah, Caviar! I keep on eating it, but can never get my fill. Like olives. It’s a lucky thing it’s not salty.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “It is the writer’s business not to accuse and not to prosecute, but to champion the guilty, once they are condemned and suffer punishment.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Lermontov died at age twenty-eight and wrote more than have you and I put together. Talent is recognizable not only by quality, but also by the quantity it yields.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Sports are positively essential. It is healthy to engage in sports, they are beautiful and liberal, liberal in the sense that nothing serves quite as well to integrate social classes, etc., than street or public games.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “It is not only the prisoners who grow coarse and hardened from corporal punishment, but those as well who perpetrate the act or are present to witness it.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “When one longs for a drink, it seems as though one could drink a whole ocean-that is faith; but when one begins to drink, one can only drink altogether two glasses-that is science.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “One must not put a loaded rifle on the stage if no one is thinking of firing it.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “There are people whom even children’s literature would corrupt. They read with particular enjoyment the piquant passages in the Psalter and in the Wisdom of Solomon.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “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 Chekhov Quote: “It’s better to live down a scandal than to ruin one’s life.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “To believe in God is not hard. Inquisitors, Byron and Arakcheev believed in Him. No, believe in man!”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Eyes – the head’s chief of police. They watch and make mental notes.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “I don’t care for success. The ideas sitting in my head are annoyed by, and envious of, that which I’ve already written.”
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