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Anton Chekhov

  • Russian dramatist
  • Born January 29, 1860
  • Died July 14, 1904

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (Russian: Антон Павлович Чехов, tr. Antón Pávlovič Čéhov, IPA: [ɐnˈton ˈpavɫəvʲɪtɕ ˈtɕɛxəf]; 29 January 1860 – 15 July 1904) was a Russian playwright and short-story writer, who is considered to be among the greatest writers of short fiction in history. His career as a playwright produced four classics, and his best short stories are held in high esteem by writers and critics. Along with Henrik Ibsen and August Strindberg, Chekhov is often referred to as one of the three seminal figures in the birth of early modernism in the theatre.


To advise is not to compel.




Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.




We shall find peace. We shall hear angels, we shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds.




The University brings out all abilities, including incapability.




Advertising is the very essence of democracy.




Money, like vodka, turns a person into an eccentric.




I promise to be an excellent husband, but give me a wife who, like the moon, will not appear every day in my sky.




Love, friendship and respect do not unite people as much as a common hatred for something.




Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice.

Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice.




One must be a god to be able to tell successes from failures without making a mistake.




A fiance is neither this nor that: he's left one shore, but not yet reached the other.




The more refined one is, the more unhappy.




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.




You must trust and believe in people or life becomes impossible.




The sea has neither meaning nor pity.




All of life and human relations have become so incomprehensibly complex that, when you think about it, it becomes terrifying and your heart stands still.




There is nothing new in art except talent.

There is nothing new in art except talent.




Only entropy comes easy.




If you cry 'forward', you must without fail make plain in what direction to go.




When a woman isn't beautiful, people always say, 'You have lovely eyes, you have lovely hair.'




Reason and justice tell me there's more love for humanity in electricity and steam than in chastity and vegetarianism.




The wealthy are always surrounded by hangers-on; science and art are as well.




How unbearable at times are people who are happy, people for whom everything works out.




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.




Doctors are the same as lawyers; the only difference is that lawyers merely rob you, whereas doctors rob you and kill you too.




When a lot of remedies are suggested for a disease, that means it can't be cured.




No psychologist should pretend to understand what he does not understand... Only fools and charlatans know everything and understand nothing.




Man is what he believes.

Man is what he believes.




The only difference between doctors and lawyers is that lawyers merely rob you, whereas doctors rob you and kill you, too.

The only difference between doctors and lawyers is that lawyers merely rob you, whereas doctors rob you and kill you, too.




Medicine is my lawful wife and literature my mistress; when I get tired of one, I spend the night with the other.




No matter how corrupt and unjust a convict may be, he loves fairness more than anything else. If the people placed over him are unfair, from year to year he lapses into an embittered state characterized by an extreme lack of faith.




A writer is not a confectioner, a cosmetic dealer, or an entertainer.




We learn about life not from plusses alone, but from minuses as well.




It's easier to write about Socrates than about a young woman or a cook.




To judge between good or bad, between successful and unsuccessful would take the eye of a God.




When an actor has money he doesn't send letters, he sends telegrams.



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