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Anton Chekhov Quotes

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

Man is what he believes.

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

Men are made for happiness, and anyone who is completely happy has a right to say to himself: "I am doing God's will on earth."

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

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 . . . one must ruthlessly suppress everything that is not concerned with the subject. If, in the first chapter, you say there is a gun hanging on the wall, you should make quite sure that it is going to be used further on in the story.
[Writers And Writing]

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.

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

Nothing lulls and inebriates like money; when you have a lot, the world seems a better place than it actually is.

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

Only entropy comes easy.

People don't notice whether it's winter or summer when they're happy.

People who lead a lonely existence always have something on their minds that they are eager to talk about.

Perhaps the feelings that we experience when we are in love represent a normal state. Being in love shows a person who he should be.

Posterity will say as usual: "In the past things were better, the present is worse than the past."
[The Past]

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

The more refined one is, the more unhappy.

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

The sea has neither meaning nor pity.

The thirst for powerful sensations takes the upper hand both over fear and over compassion for the grief of others.

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