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Anton Chekhov
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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
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When a lot of remedies are suggested for a disease, that means it can't be cured. Anton Chekhov
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The only difference between doctors and lawyers is that lawyers merely rob you, whereas doctors rob you and kill you, too. Anton Chekhov
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Once a man gets a fixed idea, there's nothing to be done. Anton Chekhov
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When asked, "Why do you always wear black?", he said, "I am mourning for my life. Anton Chekhov
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Better to perish from fools than to accept praises from them. Anton Chekhov
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[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
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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
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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
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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
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Hypocrisy is a revolting, psychopathic state. Anton Chekhov
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If there's any illness for which people offer many remedies, you may be sure that particular illness is incurable, I think. Anton Chekhov
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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
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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
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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
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A hungry dog believes in nothing but meat. Anton Chekhov
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To believe in God is not hard. Inquisitors, Byron and Arakcheev believed in Him. No, believe in man! Anton Chekhov
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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
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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
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If you fear loneliness, then don't get married. Anton Chekhov
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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
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Life on earth is inconceivable without trees. Anton Chekhov
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Then I feel so happy and at the same time so sad, it's unimaginable. Anton Chekhov
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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
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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
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Anna Petrovna: Never talk to women about your own good qualities. Let them find out for themselves. Anton Chekhov
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A woman is fascinated not by art but by the noise made by those in the field. Anton Chekhov
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Every coming year is as bad as the previous one, the only difference being that in most cases it is even worse. Anton Chekhov
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There ought to be a man with a hammer behind the door of every happy man. Anton Chekhov
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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
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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
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The world is, of course, nothing but our conception of it. Anton Chekhov
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One must be a god to be able to tell successes from failures without making a mistake. Anton Chekhov
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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
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One must not put a loaded rifle on the stage if no one is thinking of firing it. Anton Chekhov
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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
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In displaying the psychology of your characters, minute particulars are essential. God save us from vague generalizations! Anton Chekhov
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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
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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
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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
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Just as I shall lie alone in the grave, so, in essence, do I live alone. Anton Chekhov
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"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
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You only have to start a job of work to realize how few decent, honest folk there are about. Anton Chekhov
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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
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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. Anton Chekhov
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Medicine is my lawful wife and literature my mistress; when I get tired of one, I spend the night with the other. Anton Chekhov
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If an intelligent, educated, and healthy man begins to complain of his lot and go down-hill, there is nothing for him to do but to go on down until he reaches the bottom-there is no hope for him. Where could my salvation come from? How can I save myself? I cannot drink, because it makes my head ache. I never could write bad poetry. I cannot pray for strength and see anything lofty in the languor of my soul. Laziness is laziness and weakness weakness. I can find no other names for them. I am lost, I am lost; there is no doubt of that. Anton Chekhov
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Life is a vexatious trap; when a thinking man reaches maturity and attains to full consciousness he cannot help feeling that he is in a trap from which there is no escape. Anton Chekhov
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Moscow is a city that has much suffering ahead of it. Anton Chekhov
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Do you know when you may concede your insignificance? Before God or, perhaps, before the intellect, beauty, or nature, but not before people. Among people, one must be conscious of one's dignity. Anton Chekhov
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Narrative prose is a legal wife, while drama is a posturing, boisterous, cheeky and wearisome mistress. Anton Chekhov
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When a person expends the least amount of motion on one action, that is grace. Anton Chekhov
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What seems to us serious, significant and important will, in future times, be forgotten or won't seem important at all. Anton Chekhov
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There are in life such confluences of circumstances that render the reproach that we are not Voltaires most inopportune. Anton Chekhov
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Write about this man who, drop by drop, squeezes the slave's blood out of himself until he wakes one day to find the blood of a real human being-not a slave's-coursing through his veins. Anton Chekhov
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When a lot of remedies are suggested for a disease, that means it cannot be cured. Anton Chekhov
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One who desires nothing, hopes for nothing, and fears nothing cannot be an artist. Anton Chekhov
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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
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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
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A nice man would feel ashamed even before a dog Anton Chekhov
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It is easier to ask of the poor than of the rich. Anton Chekhov
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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
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All Russia is our orchard. Anton Chekhov
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If a lot of cures are suggested for a disease, it means tat the disease is incurable. Anton Chekhov
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My mistress has come home; at last I've seen her. Now I'm ready to die. Anton Chekhov
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In Russia there is no philosophy, but philosophize everything, even the small fry. Anton Chekhov
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I observed that after marriage people cease to be curious. Anton Chekhov
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A person loves to talk about his illnesses although that is the least interesting part of his life. Anton Chekhov
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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
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Everything should be first-rate in a person, his face, clothes, soul and thoughts. Anton Chekhov
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