Quotes by Russian Dramatist Anton Chekhov


Any idiot can face a crisis, it's the day to day living that wears you out. Anton Chekhov

Lying is the same as alcoholism. Liars prevaricate even on their deathbeds. Anton Chekhov

If you are afraid of loneliness, don't marry. Anton Chekhov

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


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

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

Man is what he believes. Anton Chekhov

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

The more refined one is, the more unhappy. Anton Chekhov

The only difference between doctors and lawyers is that lawyers merely rob you, whereas doctors rob you and kill you, too. Anton Chekhov

When an actor has money, he doesn't send letters, but telegrams. Anton Chekhov

Wherever there is degeneration and apathy, there also is sexual perversion, cold depravity, miscarriage, premature old age, grumbling youth, there is a decline in the arts, indifference to science, and injustice in all its forms. Anton Chekhov

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

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

The leaves did not stir on the trees, grasshoppers chirruped, and the monotonous hollow sound of the sea rising up from below, spoke of the peace, of the eternal sleep awaiting us. So it must have sounded when there was no Yalta, no Oreanda here; so it sounds now, and it will sound as indifferently and monotonously when we are all no more. And in this constancy, in this complete indifference to the life and death of each of us, there lies hid, perhaps, a pledge of our eternal salvation, of the unceasing movement of life upon earth, of unceasing progress towards perfection. Anton Chekhov

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

When an actor has money he doesn't send letters, he sends telegrams. Anton Chekhov
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If you cry 'forward', you must without fail make plain in what direction to go. Anton Chekhov
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Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out. Anton Chekhov
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Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass. Anton Chekhov


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