Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.— Anton Chekhov
The most memorable Anton Chekhov quotes that may be undiscovered and unusual
Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.
Do silly things. Foolishness is a great deal more vital and healthy than our straining and striving after a meaningful life.
Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice.
What a fine weather today! Can’t choose whether to drink tea or to hang myself.
There is nothing more awful, insulting, and depressing than banality
Everything on earth is beautiful, everything -- except what we ourselves think and do when we forget the higher purposes of life and our own human dignity.
There is nothing more awful, insulting, and depressing than banality.
Doctors are just the same as lawyers;
the only difference is that lawyers merely rob you, whereas doctors rob you and kill you too.
Dear and most respected bookcase! I welcome your existence.
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.
Lying is the same as alcoholism. Liars prevaricate even on their deathbeds.
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.
If I wanted to order a ring for myself, the inscription I should choose would be: "Nothing passes away." I believe that nothing passes away without leaving a trace, and that every step we take, however small, has significance for our present and our future existence.
People's destinies are so different. Some people drag along, unnoticed and boring—they're all alike, and they're all unhappy. Then there are others, like for instance you—you're one in a million. You're happy—
My love is like a stone tied round my neck;
it's dragging me down to the bottom; but I love my stone. I can't live without it.
You must trust and believe in people or life becomes impossible.
Better a debauched canary than a pious wolf.
I think human beings must have faith or must look for faith, otherwise our life is empty, empty. To live and not to know why the cranes fly, why children are born, why there are stars in the sky. You must know why you are alive, or else everything is nonsense, just blowing in the wind.
Moscow is a city that has much suffering ahead of it.
To Moscow, to Moscow, to Moscow!
Medicine is my lawful wife and literature my mistress;
when I get tired of one, I spend the night with the other.
Reason and justice tell me there's more love for humanity in electricity and steam than in chastity and vegetarianism.
After us they'll fly in hot air balloons, coat styles will change, perhaps they'll discover a sixth sense and cultivate it, but life will remain the same, a hard life full of secrets, but happy. And a thousand years from now man will still be sighing, "Oh! Life is so hard!" and will still, like now, be afraid of death and not want to die.
In Western Europe people perish from the congestion and stifling closeness, but with us it is from the spaciousness.... The expanses are so great that the little man hasn't the resources to orient himself.... This is what I think about Russian suicides.
Hypocrisy is a revolting, psychopathic state.
Satiation, like any state of vitality, always contains a degree of impudence, and that impudence emerges first and foremost when the sated man instructs the hungry one.
People don't notice whether it's winter or summer when they're happy.
My own experience is that once a story has been written, one has to cross out the beginning and the end. It is there that we authors do most of our lying.
A tree is beautiful, but what's more, it has a right to life;
like water, the sun and the stars, it is essential. Life on earth is inconceivable without trees.
The problem is that we attempt to solve the simplest questions cleverly, thereby rendering them unusually complex. One should seekthe simple solution.
An actress without talent, forty years old, ate a partridge for dinner, and I felt sorry for the partridge, for it occurred to me that in its life it had been more talented, more sensible, and more honest than the actress.
We shall find peace. We shall hear angels, we shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds.
Any idiot can face a crisis, it's the day to day living that wears you out.
When all is said and done, no literature can outdo the cynicism of real life;
you won't intoxicate with one glass someone who has already drunk up a whole barrel.
He is an emancipated thinker who is not afraid to write foolish things.
Calculating selfishness is the annihilation of self.
Perhaps man has a hundred senses, and when he dies the five senses that we know perish with him, and the other ninety-five remain alive... Everything that is unattainable for us now will one day be near and clear... But we must work.
If I had listened to the critics I'd have died drunk in the gutter
Writers are as jealous as pigeons.
Man has been endowed with reason, with the power to create, so that he can add to what he's been given. But up to now he hasn't been a creator, only a destroyer. Forests keep disappearing, rivers dry up, wild life's become extinct, the climate's ruined and the land grows poorer and uglier every day.
Life on earth is inconceivable without trees.
There are no small number of people in this world who, solitary by nature, always try to go back into their shell like a hermit crab or a snail.
[Six principles that make for a good story:] 1.
Absence of lengthy verbiage of a political-social-economic nature; 2. total objectivity; 3. truthful descriptions of persons and objects; 4. extreme brevity; 5. audacity and originality: flee the stereotype; 6. compassion.
I'm the seagull. No, that's not it. I'm an actress. That's it.
A woman can become a man's friend only in the following stages - first an acquantaince, next a mistress, and only then a friend.
In displaying the psychology of your characters, minute particulars are essential. God save us from vague generalizations! Be sure not to discuss your hero's state of mind. Make it clear from his actions. Nor is it necessary to portray many main characters. Let two people be the center of gravity in your story: he and she.
The world is, of course, nothing but our conception of it.
Love, respect, and friendship do unite a people as well as a common hatred does.
There is no national science, just as there is no national multiplication table;
what is national is no longer science.
I agree that one can't dispense with the reins and the whip altogether, for knaves find their way even into literature, but no thinking will discover a better police for literature than the critics and the author's own conscience.
..when one has no real life, one lives by mirages. It's still better than nothing.
One had better not rush, otherwise dung comes out rather than creative work.