Anton Pavlovich Chekhov Quotes

Better a debauched canary than a pious wolf.
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Noxious Thoughts, Works, vol. 3, p. 195, "Nauka" (1976).
Neither I nor anyone else knows what a standard is. We all recognize a dishonorable act, but have no idea what honor is.
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, April 9, 1889, to the writer A.N. Pleshcheev. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 3, p. 186, "Nauka" (1976).
A good person will feel guilty even before a dog.
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Works, Notebook IV, vol. 17, p. 152, "Nauka" (1980).
I myself smoke, but my wife asked me to speak today on the harmfulness of tobacco, so what can I do? If it's tobacco, then let it be tobacco.
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. On the Harmfulness of Tobacco, Works, vol. 13, p., "Nauka" (1976).
When a person expends the least amount of motion on one action, that is grace.
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, January 3, 1899, to Maxim Gorky. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 8, p. 11, "Nauka" (1976).
It's immoral to steal, but you can take things.
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Out Beggary, Works, vol. 16, p. 240, "Nauka" (1976).
Everyone judges plays as if they were very easy to write. They don't know that it is hard to write a good play, and twice as hard and tortuous to write a bad one.
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, May 4, 1889, to his editor and friend, A.S. Suvorin. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 3, p. 204, "Nauka" (1976).
When a person is born, he can embark on only one of three roads of life: if you go right, the wolves will eat you; if you go left, you'll eat the wolves; if you go straight, you'll eat yourself.
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Petrin in Fatherless, act I, sc. 14.
It is a poor thing for the writer to take on that which he doesn't understand.
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, October 27, 1888, to his editor and friend, A.S. Suvorin. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 3, p. 45, "Nauka" (1976).
When a thinking person attains adulthood and develops a mature consciousness, he reluctantly feels himself in a trap from which there is no exit.
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Ragin in Ward No. 6, Works, vol. 8, p. 89, "Nauka" (1976).