Anton Chekhov Quotes & Wallpapers

Anton Chekhov
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Once a man gets a fixed idea, there's nothing to be done. Anton Chekhov

Then I feel so happy and at the same time so sad, it's unimaginable. Anton Chekhov

The time's come: there's a terrific thunder-cloud advancing upon us, a mighty storm is coming to freshen us up....It's going to blow away all this idleness and indifference, and prejudice against work....I'm going to work, and in twenty-five or thirty years' time every man and woman will be working. Anton Chekhov

Formerly, when I would feel a desire to understand someone, or myself, I would take into consideration not actions, in which everything is relative, but wishes. Tell me what you want and I'll tell you who you are. Anton Chekhov

To believe in God is not hard. Inquisitors, Byron and Arakcheev believed in Him. No, believe in man! Anton Chekhov

One can prove or refute anything at all with words. Soon people will perfect language technology to such an extent that they'll beproving with mathematical precision that twice two is seven. Anton Chekhov

We go to great pains to alter life for the happiness of our descendants and our descendants will say as usual: things used to be so much better, life today is worse than it used to be. Anton Chekhov

If you fear loneliness, then don't get married. Anton Chekhov

The government is not God. It does not have the right to take away that which it can't return even if it wants to. Anton Chekhov

Life on earth is inconceivable without trees. Anton Chekhov

Anna Petrovna: Never talk to women about your own good qualities. Let them find out for themselves. Anton Chekhov

A woman is fascinated not by art but by the noise made by those in the field. Anton Chekhov

Better to perish from fools than to accept praises from them. Anton Chekhov

If you wish women to love you be original; I know a man who used to wear felt boots summer and winter & women fell in love with him. Anton Chekhov

In all my life I never met anyone so frivolous as you two, so crazy and unbusinesslike. I tell you in plain Russian your property is going to be sold and you don't seem to understand what I say. Anton Chekhov

A hungry dog believes in nothing but meat. Anton Chekhov

You ask What is life? That is the same as asking What is a carrot? A carrot is a carrot and we know nothing more. Anton Chekhov

I abide by a rule concerning reviews: I will never ask, neither in writing nor in person, that a word be put in about my book.... One feels cleaner this way. When someone asks that his book be reviewed he risks running up against a vulgarity offensive to authorial sensibilities. Anton Chekhov

You look at any poetic creature: muslin, ether, demigoddess, millions of delights; then you look into the soul and find the most ordinary crocodile! Anton Chekhov

Hypocrisy is a revolting, psychopathic state. Anton Chekhov

If there's any illness for which people offer many remedies, you may be sure that particular illness is incurable, I think. Anton Chekhov

When asked, "Why do you always wear black?", he said, "I am mourning for my life. Anton Chekhov

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. Anton Chekhov

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

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

[Ognev] recalled endless, heated, purely Russian arguments, when the wranglers, spraying spittle and banging their fists on the table, fail to understand yet interrupt one another, themselves not even noticing it, contradict themselves with every phrase, change the subject, then, having argued for two or three hours, begin to laugh. Anton Chekhov

He who doesn't know how to be a servant should never be allowed to be a master; the interests of public life are alien to anyone who is unable to enjoy others' successes, and such a person should never be entrusted with public affairs. Anton Chekhov

If you cry 'Forward' you must be sure to make clear the direction in which to go. Don't you see that if you fail to do that and simply call out the word to a monk and a revolutionary, they will go in precisely opposite directions? Anton Chekhov

The world is, of course, nothing but our conception of it. Anton Chekhov

There is nothing more awful, insulting, and depressing than banality. Anton Chekhov

Only during hard times do people come to understand how difficult it is to be master of their feelings and thoughts. Anton Chekhov

In all the universe nothing remains permanent and unchanged but the spirit. Anton Chekhov

I observed that after marriage people cease to be curious. Anton Chekhov

A person loves to talk about his illnesses although that is the least interesting part of his life. Anton Chekhov

Is it our job to judge? The gendarme, policemen and bureaucrats have been especially prepared by fate for that job. Our job is towrite, and only to write. Anton Chekhov

Everything should be first-rate in a person, his face, clothes, soul and thoughts. Anton Chekhov

There are plenty of good people, but only a very, very few are precise and disciplined. Anton Chekhov

I've noticed that people who get married cease to be curious. Anton Chekhov

If you are afraid of loneliness, don't marry. Anton Chekhov

One must not put a loaded rifle on the stage if no one is thinking of firing it. Anton Chekhov

When describing nature, a writer should seize upon small details, arranging them so that the reader will see an image in his mind after he closes his eyes. For instance: you will capture the truth of a moonlit night if you'll write that a gleam like starlight shone from the pieces of a broken bottle, and then the dark, plump shadow of a dog or wolf appeared. You will bring life to nature only if you don't shrink from similes that liken its activities to those of humankind. Anton Chekhov

In displaying the psychology of your characters, minute particulars are essential. God save us from vague generalizations! Anton Chekhov

Anyone who says the artist's field is all answers and no questions has never done any writing or had any dealings with imageryYou are confusing two concepts: answering the questions and formulating them correctly. Only the latter is required of an author. Anton Chekhov

All I wanted was to say honestly to people: 'Have a look at yourselves and see how bad and dreary your lives are!' The important thing is that people should realize that, for when they do, they will most certainly create another and better life for themselves. I will not live to see it, but I know that it will be quite different, quite unlike our present life. And so long as this different life does not exist, I shall go on saying to people again and again: 'Please, understand that your life is bad and dreary!' Anton Chekhov

When a person hasn't in him that which is higher and stronger than all external influences, it is enough for him to catch a good cold in order to lose his equilibrium and begin to see an owl in every bird, to hear a dog's bark in every sound. Anton Chekhov

Just as I shall lie alone in the grave, so, in essence, do I live alone. Anton Chekhov

"Do you know," Ivan Bunin recalls Anton Chekhov saying to him in 1899, near the end of his too-short life, "for how many years I shall be read? Seven." "Why seven?" Bunin asked. "Well," Chekhov answered, "seven and a half then." Anton Chekhov

Do you see that tree? It is dead but it still sways in the wind with the others. I think it would be like that with me. That if I died I would still be part of life in one way or another. Anton Chekhov

For God's sake, have some self-respect and do not run off at the mouth if your brain is out to lunch. Anton Chekhov

we all have too many wheels, screws and valves to judge each other on first impressions or one or two pointers. I don't understand you, you don't understand me and we don't understand ourselves. Anton Chekhov

You only have to start a job of work to realize how few decent, honest folk there are about. Anton Chekhov

If there's a gun on the wall in act one, scene one, you must fire the gun by act three, scene two. If you fire a gun in act three, scene two, you must see the gun on the wall in act one, scene one. Anton Chekhov

People are far more sincere and good-humored at speeding their parting guests than on meeting them. Anton Chekhov

There ought to be a man with a hammer behind the door of every happy man. Anton Chekhov

People should be beautiful in every way - in their faces, in the way they dress, in their thoughts, and in their innermost selves. Anton Chekhov

Art, especially the stage, is an area where it is impossible to walk without stumbling. There are in store for you many unsuccessful days and whole unsuccessful seasons: there will be great misunderstandings and deep disappointments... you must be prepared for all this, expect it and nevertheless, stubbornly, fanatically follow your own way. Anton Chekhov

Every coming year is as bad as the previous one, the only difference being that in most cases it is even worse. Anton Chekhov

My mistress has come home; at last I've seen her. Now I'm ready to die. Anton Chekhov

In Russia there is no philosophy, but philosophize everything, even the small fry. Anton Chekhov

In a century or two, or in a millennium, people will live in a new way, a happier way. We wo' be there to see it - but it's why we live, why we work. It's why we suffer. We"re creating it. That's the purpose of our existence. The only happiness we can know is to work toward that goal. Anton Chekhov

If a lot of cures are suggested for a disease, it means tat the disease is incurable. Anton Chekhov

When a lot of remedies are suggested for a disease, that means it cannot be cured. Anton Chekhov

One who desires nothing, hopes for nothing, and fears nothing cannot be an artist. Anton Chekhov

Eyes-the head's chief of police. They watch and make mental notes. A blind person is like a city abandoned by the authorities. On sad days they cry. In these carefree times they weep only from tender emotions. Anton Chekhov

Ordinary hypocrites pretend to be doves; political and literary hypocrites pretend to be eagles. But don't be disconcerted by their aquiline appearance. They are not eagles, but rats or dogs. Anton Chekhov

A nice man would feel ashamed even before a dog Anton Chekhov

It is easier to ask of the poor than of the rich. Anton Chekhov

There are no lower or higher or median moralities. There is only one morality, and it is precisely the one that was given to us during the time of Jesus Christ and that stops me, you and Barantsevich from stealing, offending others, lying etc. Anton Chekhov

All Russia is our orchard. Anton Chekhov

When a person expends the least amount of motion on one action, that is grace. Anton Chekhov

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