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date: 06 February 2023

Anton Chekhov 1860–1904
Russian dramatist and short-story writer 

  1. If a lot of cures are suggested for a disease, it means that the disease is incurable.
    The Cherry Orchard (1904) act 1
  2. The Lord God has given us vast forests, immense fields, wide horizons; surely we ought to be giants, living in such a country as this.
    The Cherry Orchard (1904) act 2
  3. medvedenko: Why do you wear black all the time?
    masha: I'm in mourning for my life, I'm unhappy.
    The Seagull (1896) act 1
  4. Man has been endowed with reason, with the power to create, so that he can add to what he's been given. But up to now he hasn't been a creator, only a destroyer. Forests keep disappearing, rivers dry up, wild life's become extinct, the climate's ruined and the land grows poorer and uglier every day.
    Uncle Vanya (1897) act 1
  5. A woman can become a man's friend only in the following stages—first an acquaintance, next a mistress, and only then a friend.
    Uncle Vanya (1897) act 2
  6. When a woman isn't beautiful, people always say, ‘You have lovely eyes, you have lovely hair.’
    Uncle Vanya (1897) act 3
  7. A writer must be as objective as a chemist: he must abandon the subjective line; he must know that dung-heaps play a very reasonable part in a landscape, and that evil passions are as inherent in life as good ones.
    letter to M. V. Kiselev, 14 January 1887
  8. Medicine is my lawful wife and literature is my mistress. When I get tired of one I spend the night with the other.
    letter to A. S. Suvorin, 11 September 1888
  9. Brevity is the sister of talent.
    letter to Alexander Chekhov, 11 April 1889
  10. Women deprived of the company of men pine, men deprived of the company of women become stupid.
    Notebooks (1921)
  11. Love, friendship, respect do not unite people as much as common hatred for something.
    Notebooks (1921)
  12. If in the first act you have hung a pistol on the wall, then in the following one it should be fired. Otherwise don't put it there.
    I. Ya. Gurlyand ‘Reminiscences of A. P. Chekhov, in Teatr i iskusstvo 11 July 1904