Anton Chekhov

(Anton Pavlovich Chekhov)

Anton Chekhov
Anton Chekhov
  • Born: January 29, 1860
  • Died: July 14, 1904
  • Nationality: Russian
  • Profession: Dramatist









Anton Pavlovich Chekhov 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. Chekhov practiced as a medical doctor throughout most of his literary career: "Medicine is my lawful wife", he once said, "and literature is my mistress."

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A tree is beautiful, but what’s more, it has a right to life; like water, the sun and the stars, it is essential. Life on earth is inconceivable without trees. Forests create climate, climate influences peoples’ character, and so on and so forth. There can be neither civilization nor happiness if forests crash down under the axe, if the climate is harsh and severe, if people are also harsh and severe. ... What a terrible future! Miscellaneous
Alas, what is terrible is not the skeletons, but the fact that I am no longer terrified by them. Scandals
Despite the great vision, it is only drop by drop that we squeeze the slave out of ourselves. Freedom & Liberty
Like power in any shape, a full stomach always holds a dose of insolence, and this expresses itself first of all in the well-fed lecturing the starving. Power
Mankind has conceived history as a series of battles; hitherto it has considered fighting as the main thing in life. History
Politics is an interesting and engrossing thing. It offers no immutable laws, nearly always prevaricates, but as far as blather and sharpening the mind go, it provides inexhaustible material. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Reason and justice tell me there is more love for mankind in electricity and steam than there is in chastity and abstaining from meat. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The personal life of every individual is based on secrecy, and perhaps it is partly for that reason that civilized man is so nervously anxious that personal privacy should be respected. Poverty
There is no national science just as there is no national multiplication table; what is national is no longer science. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
We have let millions of people rot in jail, and let them rot to no purpose, treating them with an indifference that is little short of barbaric. We have forced people to drag themselves in chains across tens of thousands of miles in freezing conditions, infected them with syphilis, debauched them, hugely increased the criminal population, and heaped the blame for the whole thing in red-nosed prison supervisors. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Who maintains the pubs and makes the peasants drunk? The peasant. Who embezzles the village, school, and parish funds and spends it all on drink? The peasant. Who robs his neighbor, sets fire to his house, and perjures himself in court for a bottle of vodka? The peasant. Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs
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 writer is not a confectioner, a cosmetic dealer, or an entertainer.
Advertising is the very essence of democracy.
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. Life
Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out. Life
Doctors are just the same as lawyers; the only difference is that lawyers merely rob you, whereas doctors rob you and kill you too. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
Doctors are 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. Religion & God
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.
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. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
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. Time ;Nature
Life does not agree with philosophy: There is no happiness that is not idleness, and only what is useless is pleasurable. Life ;Happiness & Unhappiness
Love, friendship and respect do not unite people as much as a common hatred for something. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Respect ;Friendship
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. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
Money, like vodka, turns a person into an eccentric. Money, Coins & Minting
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. Religion & God
No psychologist should pretend to understand what he does not understand... Only fools and charlatans know everything and understand nothing.
One must be a god to be able to tell successes from failures without making a mistake. Religion & God
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.
Reason and justice tell me there's more love for humanity in electricity and steam than in chastity and vegetarianism. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
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.
The University brings out all abilities, including incapability.
The wealthy are always surrounded by hangers-on; science and art are as well. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
The world perishes not from bandits and fires, but from hatred, hostility, and all these petty squabbles.
There is nothing new in art except talent. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
To advise is not to compel.
To judge between good or bad, between successful and unsuccessful would take the eye of a God. Religion & God
We learn about life not from plusses alone, but from minuses as well. Life
We shall find peace. We shall hear angels, we shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds. War & Peace
When a lot of remedies are suggested for a disease, that means it can't be cured.
When a woman isn't beautiful, people always say, 'You have lovely eyes, you have lovely hair.'
When an actor has money he doesn't send letters, he sends telegrams. Money, Coins & Minting
When you're thirsty and it seems that you could drink the entire ocean that's faith; when you start to drink and finish only a glass or two that's science. Religion & God ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
You must trust and believe in people or life becomes impossible. Life ;Trust