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Quotations From ANTON PAVLOVICH CHEKHOV

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  • 121.
    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 Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, April 20, 1904, to his wife, Olga Knipper Chekhov. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 12, p. 93, "Nauka" (1983). Written two months before his death.

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  • 122.
    Dear and most respected bookcase! I welcome your existence, which has for over one hundred years been devoted to the radiant ideals of goodness and justice.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Gaev in The Cherry Orchard, act 1. The verbose Gaev spouts this rambling speech in a comic mode.

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  • 123.
    In general, Russia suffers from a frightening poverty in the sphere of facts and a frightening wealth of all types of arguments.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, February 23, 1890, to his editor and friend, A.S. Suvorin. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 4, p. 24, "Nauka" (1976).

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  • 124.
    I have in my head a whole army of people pleading to be let out and awaiting my commands.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, October 27, 1888, to his editor and friend, A.S. Suvorin. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 3, p. 47, "Nauka" (1976).

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  • 125.
    Money, like vodka, turns a person into an eccentric.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Ivan Ivanych in Gooseberries, Works, vol. 10, p. 59, "Nauka" (1976).

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  • 126.
    Women writers should write a lot if they want to write. Take the English women, for example. What amazing workers.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, February 26, 1899, to L.A. Avilova. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 8, p. 107, "Nauka" (1976).

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  • 127.
    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.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Works, Notebook I, vol. 17, pp. 95-96, "Nauka" (1980).

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  • 128.
    If only one tooth aches, rejoice that not all of them ache.... If your wife betrays you, be glad that she betrayed only you and not the nation.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Life is Wonderful! (For those considering suicide), Works, vol. 3, pp. 235-236, "Nauka" (1976).
  • 129.
    Writers are as jealous as pigeons.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, February 4, 1888, to the writer I.L. Leontev. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 2, p. 188, "Nauka" (1976).
  • 130.
    By poeticizing love, we imagine in those we love virtues that they often do not possess; this then becomes the source of constant mistakes and constant distress.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Narrator in Ariadna, Works, vol. 9, p. 117, "Nauka" (1976).

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