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Anton Chekhov Quotes


A major Russian short story writer and playwright.
(1860 - 1904)

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

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.
 

A man and a woman marry because both of them don't know what to do with themselves.
[Marriage]
 

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

Advertising is the very essence of democracy.
[Advertising]
 

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.
 

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
[Crisis]
 

Conciseness is the sister of talent.
[Talent]
 

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

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

Faith is an aptitude of the spirit. It is, in fact, a talent: you must be born with it.
 

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.
 

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

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

If you are afraid of loneliness, do not marry.
 

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

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

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

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.
[Nature]
 

Life does not agree with philosophy: There is no happiness that is not idleness, and only what is useless is pleasurable.
 


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