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Anton Chekhov Quote: “All these torments which the fish undergoes during the period of love are called “migration to death” in Russian, because they inevitably lead to death, and not a single one of the fish ever returns to the ocean – they all die in the rivers. “Irresistible bouts of erotic attraction leading to one’s demise,” says Middendorf.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Those who take an official, business-like attitude towards other people’s suffering, like judges, policemen, doctors, from force of habit, as time goes by, become callous to such a degree that they would be unable to treat their clients otherwise than formally even if they wanted to; in this respect they are no different from the peasant who slaughters sheep and calves in his backyard without noticing the blood.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “She talks philosophy and tries to commit suicide every now and again, apparently in order to annoy her husband.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “So it is in life... In search of the truth, people make two steps forward and one step back. Sufferings, mistakes, and the tedium of life throw them back, but the thirst for truth and a stubborn will drive them on and on. And who knows? Maybe they’ll row their way to the real truth...”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “I used to think every fool was out of his senses, but now I see that lack of sense is a man’s normal state, and you are perfectly normal.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “If you could only see your face, your gestures! Oh, how tedious your life must be.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “I confessed my love for her, and with a burning pain in my heart I realized how unnecessary, petty, and deceptive everything which had got in the way of our love had been. I realized that when you love someone, your reasoning about that love should be based on what is supreme, on what is more important than happiness or unhappiness, sin or virtue, in the way that they are usually understood, otherwise it is not worth reasoning at all.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “You are cultured and intelligent, Ivan, and you surely understand that the world is not destroyed by villains and conflagrations, but by hate and malice and all this spiteful tattling. It is your duty to make peace, and not to growl at everything.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “A good man’s indifference is as good as any religion.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Happiness does not exist, nor should it, and if there is any meaning or purpose in life, they are not in our peddling little happiness, but in something reasonable and grand. Do good!”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “You are confusing two notions, “the solution of a problem” and “the correct posing of the question”. Only the second is essential for the artist.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “But we all have to die, you know. Death is not a potato.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “I love him, love him. He’s a millstone round my neck – he’ll take me to the bottom with him. But I love this millstone of mine – I can’t live without it.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “There ought to be behind the door of every happy, contented man some one standing with a hammer continually reminding him with a tap that there are unhappy people; that however happy he may be, life will show him her laws sooner or later, trouble will come for him.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “He read like a man afloat on the sea, surrounded by the wreckage of his ship, trying to save his life by desperately clutching first to one fragment and then another.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “The fear of death is an animal passion which must be overcome. Only those who believe in a future life and tremble for sins committed, can logically fear death.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “And the existence is tedious, anyway; it is a senseless, dirty business, this life.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “The State is not God. It has not the right to take away what it cannot restore when it wants to.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Those who suffer are egoistic, angry, unjust, and cruel, and less able to understand one another than really stupid people. Misfortune, far from uniting people, separates them, and even when it might be supposed that similarity of misfortune ought to bring people together, they show themselves a great deal more unjust and ruthless than do those who are comparatively content.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Man is endowed with reason and the power to create, so that he may increase that which has been given him, but until now he has not created, but demolished.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “We can’t always know the whys and wherefores,′ the old man said. ‘A bird’s given two wings, not four, because it can fly with two; so a man’s not given to know everything, but only a half or a quarter. As much as he needs to know in order to live, so much he knows.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “The Lie which elates us is dearer than a thousand sober truths.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “I look upon labels and tags as prejudices. My holy of holies is the human body, health, intelligence, talent, inspiration, love, and the most absolute freedom imaginable, freedom from violence and lies, no matter what form the latter two take. Such is the program I would adhere to if I were a major artist.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Life’s all done, just as if I never even lived it...”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “A woman can only become a man’s friend after having first been his acquaintance and then his beloved – then she becomes his friend.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “The sunlight and the sounds told him that somewhere in this world there is a pure, refined, poetical life. But where was it?”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “There is nothing good in this world that does not have some filth in its origin.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “So go! E finita la comedia!”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “He always seemed to women different from what he was, and they loved in him not himself, but the man created by their imagination, whom they had been eagerly seeking all their lives;.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “You are right to demand that an author take conscious stock of what he is doing, but you are confusing two concepts: answering the questions and formulating them correctly. Only the latter is required of an author.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “You see and hear that they lie,” said Ivan Ivanovitch, turning over on the other side, “and they call you a fool for putting up with their lying. You endure insult and humiliation, and dare not openly say that you are on the side of the honest and the free, and you lie and smile yourself; and all that for the sake of a crust of bread, for the sake of a warm corner, for the sake of a wretched little worthless rank in the service. No, one can’t go on living like this.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “There is a saying: the woman had no cares, so she bought a pig. The Luganoviches had no worries, so they made friends with me.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “He keeps going, going, going on; his people groan and fall one after the other, but he keeps on going, going and in the end, perishes himself, but still remains the despot and tsar of the desert because the cross over his grave is visible to caravans thirty-forty miles away and reigns over the wasteland.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “The Tartar looked at the sky. The stars were as many as at home, there was the same blackness around, but something was missing. At home, in Simbirsk province, the stars were not like that at all, nor was the sky.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Sitting beside a young woman who in the dawn seemed so lovely, soothed and spellbound in these magical surroundings – the sea, mountains, clouds, the open sky – Gurov thought how in reality everything is beautiful in this world when one reflects: everything except what we think or do ourselves when we forget our human dignity and the higher aims of our existence.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “The real person, for whom everything is being done, is the devil.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “You may be proud, wise, and fine, but death will wipe you off the face of the earth as though you were no more than mice burrowing under the floor, and your posterity, your history, your immortal geniuses will burn or freeze together with the earthly globe.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “You are the incarnation of the blessing of God, which rests upon men.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “That’s it, I guess. Just go on living, whether you feel like it or not.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “He belongs to the class of simple-hearted, practical, and dull-witted people, prompt in carrying out orders, who like discipline better than anything in the world, and so are convinced that it is their duty to beat people.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “I yearned for mental tranquility, health, fresh air, good food. I was becoming a dreamer, and, like a dreamer, I did not know exactly what I wanted.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “But, as I was saying, life holds nothing for me; my race is run. I am old, I am tired, I am trivial; my sensibilities are dead. I could never attach myself to any one again.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “There is no greater sorrow than to know another’s secret when you cannot help them.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “I am a book-worm and a scholar, and am unfamiliar with practical affairs.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Strange indecision!”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “In your veins flows a mermaid’s blood, so be a mermaid.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “The bullet is followed by the silence of the grave, but a wasted youth is followed by years of grief and agonising memories.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “But it is difficult to strike a match against a crumbling stone.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “People who have an official, professional relation to other men’s sufferings – for instance, judges, police officers, doctors – in course of time, through habit, grow so callous that they cannot, even if they wish it, take any but a formal attitude to their clients; in this respect they are not different from the peasant who slaughters sheep and calves in the back-yard, and does not notice the blood.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “When real life is wanting one must create an illusion. It is better than nothing.”
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