Anton Pavlovich Chekhov Quotes

To regard one's immortality as an exchange of matter is as strange as predicting the future of a violin case once the expensive violin it held has broken and lost its worth.
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Ragin's interior dialogue in Ward No. 6, Works, vol., "Nauka" (1976).
There is no national science just as there is no national multiplication table; anything that is national is not scientific.
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Works, Notebook I, vol. 17, p. 37, "Nauka" (1980).
Watching a woman make Russian pancakes, you might think that she was calling on the spirits or extracting from the batter the philosopher's stone.
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Russian Pancakes, Works, vol. 4, p. 361, "Nauka" (1976).
Isolation in creative work is an onerous thing. Better to have negative criticism than nothing at all.
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. letter, May 10, 1886, to his brother, Al.P. Chekhov. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 1, p. 242, "Nauka" (1976).
It is not only the prisoners who grow coarse and hardened from corporeal punishment, but those as well who perpetrate the act or are present to witness it.
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Sakhalin Island, Works, vol. 14, p. 338, "Nauka" (1976). Observations made during a visit to a penal colony on Sakhalin Island.
That can not possibly be, because it could never possibly be.
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Semi-Bulatov in Letter to a Learned Neighbor, Works, vol. 1, p. 14, "Nauka" (1976). Shorthand in Russian for obtuse and illogical thinking.
A man who doesn't drink is not, in my opinion, fully a man.
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, May 8, 1895, to N.A. Leikin. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 6, p. 59, "Nauka" (1976).
The person who wants nothing, hopes for nothing, and fears nothing can never be an artist.
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, November 25, 1892, to his editor and friend, A.S. Suvorin. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 5, p. 134, "Nauka" (1976).
It is as acceptable now to love the wives of others as it is to smoke their cigars and read their books.
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Shopkeeper in The Avenger, Works, vol. 6, p. 332, "Nauka" (1976).
If you fear loneliness, then don't get married.
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Works, Notebook I, vol. 17, p. 85, "Nauka" (1980).