Anton Pavlovich Chekhov Quotes

Thought and beauty, like a hurricane or waves, should not know conventional, delimited forms.
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Narrator in The Letter, Works, vol. 7, p. 511, "Nauka" (1976).
It always seems to the brothers and the father that their brother or son didn't marry the right person.
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Works, Notebook I, vol. 17, p. 10, "Nauka" (1980).
It's even pleasant to be sick when you know that there are people who await your recovery as they might await a holiday.
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Narrator in The Story of an Unknown Man, Works, vol. 8, p. 198, "Nauka" (1976).
Hypocrisy is a revolting, psychopathic state.
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, August 29, 1888, to the writer I.L. Leontev. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 2, p. 322, "Nauka" (1976).
Country acquaintances are charming only in the country and only in the summer. In the city in winter they lose half of their appeal.
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. narrator in The Story of Mme. NN, Works, vol. 6, p. 452, "Nauka" (1976).
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.
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Narrator of Man in a Case, Works, vol. 10, p. 42, "Nauka" (1976).
There is nothing more awful, insulting, and depressing than banality.
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Nikitin in The Teacher of Literature, Works, vol. 8, p. 332, "Nauka" (1976). Battling poshlost (roughly "banality") was Chekhov's foremost cause.
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.
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Works, Notebook I, vol. 17, p. 31, "Nauka" (1980).
Do you remember you shot a seagull? A man came by chance, saw it and destroyed it, just to pass the time.
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian dramatist, author. Nina, in The Seagull, act 4 (1896), trans. by Elisaveta Fen (1954). Spoken to Trepliov, who shot the bird in act 1, laying it at Nina's feet as a symbol of his ruined hopes.
Even while lying, you'll be believed if you speak with authority.
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Works, Notebook I, vol. 17, p. 86, "Nauka" (1980).