Q – Anton Chekhov

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov 1860 – 1904 was a Russian playwright and short-story writer considered to be one of the greatest short-fiction writers in history. As well as his literary career, he also qualified and practised as a Doctor throughout his life.

 

‘Any idiot can face a crisis – it’s day to day living that wears you out’

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‘Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice’

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

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‘For Gods sake, have some self-respect and do not run off at the mouth if your brain is out to lunch’

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‘This life is ours… Human life is like a flower gloriously blooming in a meadow: along comes a goat, eats it up- no more flower’

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‘Do silly things. Foolishness is a great deal more vital and healthy than our straining and striving after a meaningful life’

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‘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’

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‘Let us learn to appreciate there will be times when the trees will be bare, and look forward to the time when we may pick the fruit’

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‘You must trust and believe in people or life becomes impossible’

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‘If you want to work on your art, work on your life’

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‘Only during hard times do people come to understand how difficult it is to be master of their feelings and thoughts’

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‘People who lead a lonely existence always have something on their minds that they are eager to talk about’

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‘The task of a writer is not to solve the problem but to state the problem correctly’

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‘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’

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‘Wisdom… comes not from age, but from education and learning’

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‘We shall find peace. We shall hear angels, we shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds’

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‘Love, friendship and respect do not unite people as much as a common hatred for something’

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‘Try to reason about love, and you will lose your reason’

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‘There are plenty of good people, but only a very, very few are precise and disciplined’

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‘Which executioner is the more humane? He who kills you in a few minutes or he who drags the life out of you in the course of many years’

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‘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’

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‘Perhaps man has a hundred senses, and when he dies only the five senses that we know perish with him, and the other ninety-five remain alive’

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‘Life is given only once, and one wants to live it boldly, with full conscious and beauty’

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‘People should be beautiful in every way – in their faces, in the way they dress, in their thoughts and in their innermost selves’

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