Anton Chekhov Quotes (50 Quotes)


    Reason and justice tell me there's more love for humanity in electricity and steam than in chastity and vegetarianism.

    Any idiot can face a crisis, it is this day-to-day living that wears you out.

    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.

    Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.




    We learn about life not from plusses alone, but from minuses as well.


    Life does not agree with philosophy: There is no happiness that is not idleness, and only what is useless is pleasurable.

    Faith is an aptitude of the spirit. It is, in fact, a talent: you must be born with it.

    People who lead a lonely existence always have something on their minds that they are eager to talk about.

    A fiance is neither this nor that: he's left one shore, but not yet reached the other.

    When a woman isn't beautiful, people always say, 'You have lovely eyes, you have lovely hair.'

    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.

    We shall find peace. We shall hear angels, we shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds.

    The wealthy are always surrounded by hangers-on; science and art are as well.



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

    The thirst for powerful sensations takes the upper hand both over fear and over compassion for the grief of others.

    I promise to be an excellent husband, but give me a wife who, like the moon, will not appear every day in my sky.

    A writer is not a confectioner, a cosmetic dealer, or an entertainer.

    Doctors are just the same as lawyers; the only difference is that lawyers merely rob you, whereas doctors rob you and kill you too.

    Medvienko Why do you always wear black Masha I am in mourning for my life. I am unhappy.

    It's easier to write about Socrates than about a young woman or a cook.

    The University brings out all abilities, including incapability.

    Love, friendship and respect do not unite people as much as a common hatred for something.


    If you cry 'forward', you must without fail make plain in what direction to go.

    How unbearable at times are people who are happy, people for whom everything works out.

    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

    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.

    I cannon off the cushion I pot into the middle pocket.

    The world perishes not from bandits and fires, but from hatred, hostility, and all these petty squabbles.


    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.

    At the door of every happy person there should be a man with a hammer whose knock would serve as a constant reminder of the existence of unfortunate people.

    Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice.

    People don't notice whether it's winter or summer when they're happy.

    You must trust and believe in people or life becomes impossible.

    No psychologist should pretend to understand what he does not understand... Only fools and charlatans know everything and understand nothing.


    Medicine is my lawful wife and literature my mistress; when I get tired of one, I spend the night with the other.

    Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

    When an actor has money he doesn't send letters, he sends telegrams.

    Money, like vodka, turns a person into an eccentric.

    To judge between good or bad, between successful and unsuccessful would take the eye of a God.


    One must be a god to be able to tell successes from failures without making a mistake.

    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.


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