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    Better a debauched canary than a pious wolf.
    — Anton Chekhov
    For God's sake, have some self-respect and do not run off at the mouth if your brain is out to lunch.
    — Anton Chekhov
    tags: brain  god 
     
    The snow has not yet left the earth but spring is already asking to enter your heart...
    — Anton Chekhov
    tags: heart  earth 
     
    When a person expends the least amount of motion on one action, that is grace.
    — Anton Chekhov
    tags: people  action  grace 
     
    Life is given only once, and one wants to live it boldly, with full conscious and beauty.
    — Anton Chekhov
    tags: beauty  live  conscious 
     
    My love is like a stone tied round my neck; it's dragging me down to the bottom; but I love my stone. I can't live without it.
    — Anton Chekhov
    tags: live 
     
    Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice.
    — Anton Chekhov
    tags: value 
     
    Lying is the same as alcoholism. Liars prevaricate even on their deathbeds.
    — Anton Chekhov
    tags: lying  liar 
     
    People should be beautiful in every way - in their faces, in the way they dress, in their thoughts, and in their innermost selves.
    — Anton Chekhov
    Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.
    — Anton Chekhov
    tags: broken  moon 
     
    The task of a writer is not to solve the problem but to state the problem correctly.
    — Anton Chekhov
    tags: problem 
     
    If there's any illness for which people offer many remedies, you may be sure that particular illness is incurable, I think.
    — Anton Chekhov
    tags: people  illness 
     
    What a fine weather today! Can't choose whether to drink tea or to hang myself.
    — Anton Chekhov
    Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
    — Anton Chekhov
    tags: living  idiot 
     
    Everything on earth is beautiful, everything - except what we ourselves think and do when we forget the higher purposes of life and our own human dignity.
    — Anton Chekhov
    Do silly things. Foolishness is a great deal more vital and healthy than our straining and striving after a meaningful life.
    — Anton Chekhov
    tags: healthy 
     
    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 Chekhov
    tags: people  right 
     
    Love, friendship and respect do not unite people as much as a common hatred for something.
    — Anton Chekhov
    There is nothing more awful, insulting, and depressing than banality.
    — Anton Chekhov
    It is time for writers to admit that nothing in this world makes sense. Only fools and charlatans think they know and understand everything. The stupider they are, the wider they conceive their horizons to be. And if an artist decides to declare that he understands nothing of what he sees - this in itself constitutes a considerable clarity in the realm of thought, and a great step forward.
    — Anton Chekhov
    Everything should be first-rate in a person, his face, clothes, soul and thoughts.
    — Anton Chekhov
    tags: people  thoughts  soul 
     
    Despite your best efforts, you could not invent a better police force for literature than criticism and the author's own conscience.
    — Anton Chekhov
    We learn about life not from plusses alone, but from minuses as well.
    — Anton Chekhov
    tags: alone  learn 
     
    Be sure not to discuss your hero's state of mind. Make it clear from his actions.
    — Anton Chekhov
    tags: action  mind 
     
    An actress without talent, forty years old, ate a partridge for dinner, and I felt sorry for the partridge, for it occurred to me that in its life it had been more talented, more sensible, and more honest than the actress.
    — Anton Chekhov
    tags: talent  year  sorry 
     
    He who desires nothing, hopes for nothing, and is afraid of nothing, cannot be an artist.
    — Anton Chekhov
    tags: desires  hope  artist  afraid 
     
    Calculating selfishness is the annihilation of self.
    — Anton Chekhov
    tags: selfishness  self 
     
    No psychologist should pretend to understand what he does not understand... Only fools and charlatans know everything and understand nothing.
    — Anton Chekhov
    tags: fools 
     
    Perhaps man has a hundred senses, and when he dies the five senses that we know perish with him, and the other ninety-five remain alive... Everything that is unattainable for us now will one day be near and clear... But we must work.
    — Anton Chekhov
    tags: men  work  die 
     
    Common hypocrites pass themselves off as doves; political and literary hypocrites pose as eagles. But don't be fooled by their eagle-like appearance. These are not eagles, but rats or dogs.
    — Anton Chekhov
    tags: dog  political 
     
    When all is said and done, no literature can outdo the cynicism of real life; you won't intoxicate with one glass someone who has already drunk up a whole barrel.
    — Anton Chekhov
    tags: real  literature 
     
    I think human beings must have faith or must look for faith, otherwise our life is empty, empty. To live and not to know why the cranes fly, why children are born, why there are stars in the sky. You must know why you are alive, or else everything is nonsense, just blowing in the wind.
    — Anton Chekhov
    tags: children  live  human  star  child  sky  faith 
     
    We shall find peace. We shall hear angels, we shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds.
    — Anton Chekhov
    tags: peace  sky  angel  diamond 
     
    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
    tags: people  experience 
     
    One had better not rush, otherwise dung comes out rather than creative work.
    — Anton Chekhov
    tags: work  creative 
     
    It's not a matter of old or new forms; a person writes without thinking about any forms, he writes because it flows freely from his soul.
    — Anton Chekhov
    tags: people  soul  thinking  write 
     
    A man and a woman marry because both of them do not know what to do with themselves.
    — Anton Chekhov
    tags: men  women  marry 
     
    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
    tags: doctor 
     
    Only during hard times do people come to understand how difficult it is to be master of their feelings and thoughts.
    — Anton Chekhov
    tags: time  people  thoughts  master 
     
    This life of ours...human life is like a flower gloriously blooming in a meadow: along comes a goat, eats it up--no more flower.
    — Anton Chekhov
    tags: flowers 
     
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