Quotes of Anton Chekhov

“ Man is what he believes. ”

- Anton Chekhov

“ 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 Chekhov

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

- Anton Chekhov

“ People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy. ”

- Anton Chekhov

“ True happiness is impossible without solitude. ”

- Anton Chekhov

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

- Anton Chekhov

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

- Anton Chekhov

“ I’ve been reading reviews of my stories for twenty-five years, and can’t remember a single useful point in any of them, or the slightest good advice. ”

- Anton Chekhov

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

- Anton Chekhov

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

- Anton Chekhov

“ People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy. ”

- Anton Chekhov

“ You have lost your reason and taken the wrong path. You have taken lies for truth, and hideousness for beauty. You would marvel if, owing to strange events of some sorts, frogs and lizards suddenly grew on apple and orange trees instead of fruit, or if roses began to smell like a sweating horse; so I marvel at you who exchange heaven for earth. I don't want to understand you. ”

- Anton Chekhov

“ There is nothing good in this world that does not have some filth in its origin. ”

- Anton Chekhov

“ You have lost your reason and taken the wrong path. You have taken lies for truth, and hideousness for beauty. You would marvel if, owing to strange events of some sorts, frogs and lizards suddenly grew on apple and orange trees instead of fruit, or if roses began to smell like a sweating horse; so I marvel at you who exchange heaven for earth. I don't want to understand you. ”

- Anton Chekhov

“ The illusion which exalts us is dearer to us than ten thousand truths. ”

- Anton Chekhov

“ Wisdom.... comes not from age, but from education and learning. ”

- Anton Chekhov

“ You have lost your reason and taken the wrong path. You have taken lies for truth, and hideousness for beauty. You would marvel if, owing to strange events of some sorts, frogs and lizards suddenly grew on apple and orange trees instead of fruit, or if roses began to smell like a sweating horse; so I marvel at you who exchange heaven for earth. I don't want to understand you. ”

- Anton Chekhov

“ And I despise your books, I despise wisdom and the blessings of this world. It is all worthless, fleeting, illusory, and deceptive, like a mirage. You may be proud, wise, and fine, but death will wipe you off the face of the earth as though you were no more than mice burrowing under the floor, and your posterity, your history, your immortal geniuses will burn or freeze together with the earthly globe. ”

- Anton Chekhov

“ And only now, when he was grayhaired, had he fallen in love properly, thoroughly, for the first time in his life. ”

- Anton Chekhov

“ Ivanov: And this whole romance of ours is commonplace and trite: he lost heart, and he lost his way. She came along, strong and brave in spirit, and gave him an helping hand. That's all very well and plausible in novels, but in life... Sasha: In life it's the same. Ivanov: I see you have a fine understanding of life! ”

- Anton Chekhov

“ And what does it mean dying? Perhaps man has a hundred senses, and only the five we know are lost at death, while the other ninetyfive remain alive. ”

- Anton Chekhov

“ 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. ”

- Anton Chekhov

“ Even in Siberia there is happiness. ”

- Anton Chekhov

“ Three o'clock in the morning. The soft April night is looking at my windows and caressingly winking at me with its stars. I can't sleep, I am so happy. ”

- Anton Chekhov

“ What they sang had occurred to him before, but this thought had somehow sat behind other thoughts in his head and flashed timidly, like a distant lantern in misty weather. And he felt that this suicide and the peasant’s grievances lay in his conscience too; to be reconciled with the fact that these people, submissive to their lot, heaped on themselves what was heaviest and darkest in life — how terrible it was! To be reconciled with that, and to wish for oneself a bright, boisterous life among happy, contented people, and to dream constantly of such a life, meant to dream of new suicides by overworked, careworn people, or by weak neglected people, whom one sometimes talked about with vexation or mockery over dinner, but whom one did not go to help. ”

- Anton Chekhov

“ Why are we worn out? Why do we, who start out so passionate, brave, noble, believing, become totally bankrupt by the age of thirty or thirtyfive? Why is it that one is extinguished by consumption, another puts a bullet in his head, a third seeks oblivion in vodka, cards, a fourth, in order to stifle fear and anguish, cynically tramples underfoot the portrait of his pure, beautiful youth? Why is it that, once fallen, we do not try to rise, and, having lost one thing, we do not seek another? Why? ”

- Anton Chekhov

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

- Anton Chekhov

“ Be sure not to discuss your hero's state of mind. Make it clear from his actions." (Letter to Alexander Chekhov, May 10, 1886) ”

- Anton Chekhov

“ In displaying the psychology of your characters, minute particulars are essential. God save us from vague generalizations!" (Letter to Alexander Chekhov, May 10, 1886) ”

- Anton Chekhov

“ When describing nature, a writer should seize upon small details, arranging them so that the reader will see an image in his mind after he closes his eyes. For instance: you will capture the truth of a moonlit night if you'll write that a gleam like starlight shone from the pieces of a broken bottle, and then the dark, plump shadow of a dog or wolf appeared. You will bring life to nature only if you don't shrink from similes that liken its activities to those of humankind." (Letter to Alexander Chekhov, May 10, 1886) ”

- Anton Chekhov
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