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Quotations From ANTON PAVLOVICH CHEKHOV

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  • 11.
    He who constantly swims in the ocean loves dry land.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, September 16, 1891, to E.M. Shavrova. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 4, p. 273, "Nauka" (1976).

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  • 12.
    Humankind has understood history as a series of battles because, to this day, it regards conflict as the central facet of life.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Works, Notebook I, vol. 17, p. 7, "Nauka" (1980).

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  • 13.
    Lying is the same as alcoholism. Liars prevaricate even on their deathbeds.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, October 9, 1888, to the writer A.N. Pleshcheev. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 3, p. 20, "Nauka" (1976).
  • 14.
    Is it our job to judge? The gendarme, policemen and bureaucrats have been especially prepared by fate for that job. Our job is to write, and only to write.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, April 27, 1899, to L.A. Avilova. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 8, p. 159, "Nauka" (1976).

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  • 15.
    What if something were to come of it?
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Belikov in Man in a Case, Works, vol. 10, p. 43, "Nauka" (1976). Belikov's famous line is cited by Russians to indicate paralyzing caution.
  • 16.
    I think that it would be less difficult to live eternally than to be deprived of sleep throughout life.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, December 9, 1890, letter to his editor and friend, A.S. Suvorin. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 4, p. 146, "Nauka" (1976).

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  • 17.
    The more cultured a man, the less fortunate he is.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Works, Notebook I, vol. 17, p. 46, "Nauka" (1980).
  • 18.
    Those who come a hundred or two hundred years after us will despise us for having lived our lives so stupidly and tastelessly. Perhaps they'll find a means to be happy.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Astrov in Uncle Vanya, act 4.

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  • 19.
    A woman can only become a man's friend in three stages: first, she's an agreeable acquaintance, then a mistress, and only after that a friend.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian dramatist, author. Astrov, in Uncle Vanya, act 2 (1897), trans. by Elisaveta Fen (1954). Vanya (Voynitsky) replies to this, "That's a crude sort of philosophy."

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  • 20.
    Perhaps the feelings that we experience when we are in love represent a normal state. Being in love shows a person who he should be.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Works, Notebook I, vol. 17, p. 14, "Nauka" (1980).

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