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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: “The conceited, benevolent tone of the prefaces, the abundance of translator’s notes, which disturb my concentration, the parenthetical question marks and sic’s that the translator generously scatters through the article or book, are for me like an encroachment both upon the person of the author and upon my independence as a reader.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “This thirst for personal success, and this continual concentration of the mind in one direction, makes people cold, and.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “And you know once a man has fished, or watched the thrushes hovering in flocks over the village in the bright, cool, autumn days, he can never really be a townsman, and to the day of his death he will be drawn to the country.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Any one who has lived in the country in winter and knows those long dreary, still evenings when even the dogs are too bored to bark and even the clocks seem weary of ticking, and any one who on such evenings has been troubled by awakening conscience and has moved restlessly about, trying now to smother his conscience, now to interpret it, will understand the distraction and the pleasure my wife’s voice gave me as it sounded in the snug little room, telling me I was a bad man.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “In the search for truth man makes two steps forward and one step back. Suffering, mistakes, and weariness of life thrust them back, but the thirst for truth and stubborn will drive them on and on.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “I went to the Hotel of the Violet Hippopotamus and drank five glasses of good wine.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “But I write badly. The part of my brain in charge of writing ability refuses to work. My memory has weakened, my thoughts lack consistency, and each time I set them down on paper it seems to me that I’ve lost the intuition of their organic connection, the constructions are monotonous, the phrasing impoverished and timid.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Not to sleep during the night means to be aware every moment of your abnormality, and therefore I wait impatiently for morning and daylight, when I have the right not to sleep.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “The health of domestic animals ought to be as well cared for as the health of human beings.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “In spite of his clumsiness and rough manner, he was a peaceable man, of infinite kindliness and goodness of heart, always ready to be of use.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Poetry’s one thing and love is another. It’s just the same as it is in farming. The beauty of nature is one thing and the income from your forests or fields is quite another.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “True happiness is impossible without privacy. The fallen angel probably betrayed God because he wanted the privacy denied to an angel.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “So far only one incontestable truth has been uttered about love: ‘This is a great mystery.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Sapping the foundations of civilisation, of authority, of other people’s altars, spattering them with filth, winking jocosely at them only to justify and conceal one’s own rottenness and moral poverty is only possible for a very vain, base, and nasty creature.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “It was hard and sour, but, as Poushkin said, the illusion which exalts us is dearer to us than ten thousand truths. I saw a happy man, one whose dearest dream had come true, who had attained his goal in life, who had got what he wanted, and was pleased with his destiny and with himself.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “In the first place, the ideas of people who are not intellectually free are always in a muddle, and it’s extremely difficult to talk to them; and, secondly, they usually love no one, and have nothing to do with women, and their mysticism has an unpleasant effect on sensitive people. I.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “My illness is only that in twenty years I have only found one intelligent man in the whole town, and he is mad.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Oh, if only this new, bright life would come sooner, when one could look one’s fate directly and boldly in the eye, be conscious of one’s rightness, be cheerful, free! And this life would come sooner or later!”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “The aim of fiction is honest and absolute truth.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “As a good actor reflects in himself the movements and voice of others, so Vassilyev could reflect in his soul the sufferings of others. When he saw tears, he wept; beside a sick.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “I hope that in the next world I shall be able to look back upon this life and say: Those were beautiful dreams.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “To a chemist nothing on earth is unclean. A writer must be as objective as a chemist, he must lay aside his personal subjective standpoint and must understand that muck heaps play a very respectable part in a landscape, and that the evil passions are as inherent in life as the good ones.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “It’s painful listening to the clowning of the unfortunate or the dying.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “But perhaps the universe is suspended on the tooth of some monster.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “In this town to know three languages is an unnecessary luxury. It’s not even a luxury, but a sort of unnecessary addition, like a sixth finger. We have a great deal of superfluous knowledge.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “I’m not a liberal, or a conservative, or a gradualist, or a monk, or an indifferentist. I should like to be a free artist and that’s all...”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “His soul is still hovering here, near his body,” says the young man. “It does not depart from the body for three days.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “There was anything else, but not love.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “If Iona’s heart were to burst and his misery to flow out, it would flood the whole world, it seems, but yet it is not seen. It has found a hiding-place in such an insignificant shell that one would not have found it with a candle by daylight...”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “There is no wall so solid that a breach cannot be made in it, but our modern lovers, from what I know of them, are too timid, inert, lazy and mistrustful, and resign themselves too quickly to the thought that they are failures, that life has cheated them in love. Instead of fighting, they merely criticize the world for its pettiness, forgetting that their very criticism gradually dwindles down to petty fault-finding.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Whenever Germans or Englishmen get together, they talk about the crops, the price of wool, or their personal affairs. But for some reason or other when we Russians get together we never discuss anything but women and abstract subjects – but especially women.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “You refer me to the natural order of things, to the law of cause and effect, but is there order or natural law in that I, a living, thinking creature, should stand by a ditch until it fills up, or is narrowed, when I could jump it or throw a bridge over it? Tell me, I say, why should we wait? Wait, when we have no strength to live, and yet must live and are full of the desire to live!”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Within a year Ivan Dmitritch was completely forgotten in the town, and his books, heaped up by his landlady in a sledge in the shed, were pulled to pieces by boys.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Lonely people read a great deal, but say little and hear little.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “The Russian loves recalling life, but he does not love living.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Why cannot you look calmly at a woman unless she is yours? Because, the doctor was right, you are all possessed by a devil of destruction; you have no mercy on the woods or the birds or on women or on one another.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Pelageya sits down a bit further away in a patch of sun and, ashamed of her joy, covers her smiling mouth with her hand.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “People say that a person needs six feet of earth. But in fact it’s a corpse that needs six feet of earth, not a person. People don’t need six feet of earth, or even a house in the country, but the whole globe, the whole of nature in its entirety, so they can have the space to express all the capacities and particularities of their free spirit.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “IT was said that a new person had appeared on the sea-front: a lady with a little dog.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Free and profound thought, which strives towards the comprehension of life, and a complete scorn for the foolish vanity of the world – man has never known anything higher than these two blessings.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “You have forgotten that a conviction, in itself, is nothing but a dead letter. You should have done something.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Faith is a capacity of the spirit. It is like talent: you have to be born with it.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Faith without works is dead, but works without faith are worse still – mere waste of time and nothing more.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “His cheeks, his eyes, his chest, his body, all of him was so well fed, so loathsome and repellent!”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “What is there flattering, amusing, or edifying in their carving your name on a tombstone, then time rubbing off the inscription together with the gilding?”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “Well, that’s not at all clerical!” thought Kunin, shrugging his shoulders contemptuously. “What is it, priestly greed or childishness?”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “It is true that, in poetizing love, we assume in those we love qualities that are lacking in them, and that is a source of continual mistakes and continual miseries for us. But to my thinking it is better, even so; that is, it is better to suffer than to find complacency on the basis of woman being woman and man being man.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “The phlegamtic female is a weepy, bug-eyed, fat, lumpy, fleshy German. She looks like a sack of flour. She is born in order to become a mother-in-law. That is her whole ambition.”
Anton Chekhov Quote: “God alone knows what a man’s real calling is.”
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