Anton Chekhov Quotes

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Anton Pavlovich Chekhov was a playwright and short-story writer who is famous for his contributions in the modernization of theatre. During his lifetime, Chekhov wrote award winning plays like The Cherry Orchard, The Seagull, Three Sisters, Uncle Vanya, The Wood Demon, A Marriage Proposal as well as many others.

Here are some famous Anton Chekhov quotes on knowledge, writing, life, death, love and many other interesting topics:

Anton Chekhov Knowledge Quote

Anton Chekhov Quote Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice

1. Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice.

Anton Chekhov

Famous Anton Chekhov Quotes

Famous Anton Chekhov Quotes

2. Man is what he believes. -Anton Chekhov

3. Even in Siberia there is happiness. -Anton Chekhov

4. The world is, of course, nothing but our conception of it. -Anton Chekhov

5. Man will become better when you show him what he is like. -Anton Chekhov

6. There is nothing more awful, insulting, and depressing than banality. -Anton Chekhov

7. What a fine weather today! Can’t choose whether to drink tea or to hang myself. -Anton Chekhov

8. When a lot of remedies are suggested for a disease, that means it cannot be cured. -Anton Chekhov

9. We shall find peace. We shall hear the angels, we shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds. -Anton Chekhov

10. Medicine is my lawful wife, and literature is my mistress. When I get fed up with one, I spend the night with the other. -Anton Chekhov

11. There are a great many opinions in this world, and a good half of them are professed by people who have never been in trouble. -Anton Chekhov

12. The happy man only feels at ease because the unhappy bear their burden in silence. Without this silence, happiness would be impossible. -Anton Chekhov

13. When you’re thirsty and it seems that you could drink the entire ocean that’s faith; when you start to drink and finish only a glass or two that’s science. -Anton Chekhov

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

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15. The sea has neither meaning nor pity. -Anton Chekhov

16. Nothing can be accomplished by logic and ethics. -Anton Chekhov

17. Wisdom comes not from age, but from education and learning. -Anton Chekhov

18. We shall find peace. We shall hear angels, we shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds. -Anton Chekhov

19. To judge between good or bad, between successful and unsuccessful would take the eye of a God. -Anton Chekhov

20. Only during hard times do people come to understand how difficult it is to be master of their feelings and thoughts. -Anton Chekhov

21. Three o’clock in the morning. The soft April night is looking at my windows and caressingly winking at me with its stars. I can’t sleep, I am so happy. -Anton Chekhov

22. There will come a time when everybody will know why, for what purpose, there is all this suffering, and there will be no more mysteries. But now we must live, we must work, just work! -Anton Chekhov

23. There should be more sincerity and heart in human relations, more silence and simplicity in our interactions. Be rude when you’re angry, laugh when something is funny, and answer when you’re asked. -Anton Chekhov

24. These people have learned not from books, but in the fields, in the wood, on the river bank. Their teachers have been the birds themselves, when they sang to them, the sun when it left a glow of crimson behind it at setting, the very trees, and wild herbs. -Anton Chekhov

25. You have lost your reason and taken the wrong path. You have taken lies for truth, and hideousness for beauty. You would marvel if, owing to strange events of some sorts, frogs and lizards suddenly grew on apple and orange trees instead of fruit, or if roses began to smell like a sweating horse; so I marvel at you who exchange heaven for earth. I don’t want to understand you. -Anton Chekhov

26. And I despise your books, I despise wisdom and the blessings of this world. It is all worthless, fleeting, illusory, and deceptive, like a mirage. You may be proud, wise, and fine, but death will wipe you off the face of the earth as though you were no more than mice burrowing under the floor, and your posterity, your history, your immortal geniuses will burn or freeze together with the earthly globe. -Anton Chekhov

27. Why are we worn out? Why do we, who start out so passionate, brave, noble, believing, become totally bankrupt by the age of thirty or thirty-five? Why is it that one is extinguished by consumption, another puts a bullet in his head, a third seeks oblivion in vodka, cards, a fourth, in order to stifle fear and anguish, cynically tramples underfoot the portrait of his pure, beautiful youth? Why is it that, once fallen, we do not try to rise, and, having lost one thing, we do not seek another? Why? -Anton Chekhov

Anton Chekhov Quotes On Writing

Anton Chekhov Quotes On Writing

28. The task of a writer is not to solve the problem but to state the problem correctly. -Anton Chekhov

29. I understand that in our work – doesn’t matter whether it’s acting or writing – what’s important isn’t fame or glamour, none of the things I used to dream about, it’s the ability to endure. -Anton Chekhov

30. The role of the artist is to ask questions, not answer them.

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31. Write about this man who, drop by drop, squeezes the slave’s blood out of himself until he wakes one day to find the blood of a real human being – not a slave’s – coursing through his veins. -Anton Chekhov

32. Trigorin has worked out a process of his own, and descriptions are easy for him. He writes that the neck of a broken bottle lying on the bank glimmered in the moonlight, and that the shadows lay black under the mill-wheel. There you have a moonlit night before your eyes, but I speak of the shimmering light, the twinkling stars, the distant sounds of a piano melting into the still and scented air, and the result is abominable. -Anton Chekhov

Anton Chekhov Quotes About Life

Anton Chekhov Quotes About Life

33. If my life can ever be of any use to you, come and take it. -Anton Chekhov

34. That’s it, I guess. Just go on living, whether you feel like it or not. -Anton Chekhov

35. When one has no real life, one lives by mirages. It’s still better than nothing. -Anton Chekhov

36. How easy it is, Doctor, to be a philosopher on paper, and how difficult in real life! -Anton Chekhov

37. When asked, “Why do you always wear black?”, he said, “I am mourning for my life. -Anton Chekhov

38. 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

39. You must trust and believe in people or life becomes impossible. 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

40. Any idiot can face a crisis; it’s this day-to-day living that wears you out.

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41. If you want to work on your art, work on your life. -Anton Chekhov

42. We should show life neither as it is, nor as it should be, but as we see it in our dreams. -Anton Chekhov

43. I feel as if I had been in the world a thousand years, and I trail my life behind me like an endless scarf. -Anton Chekhov

44. Do silly things. Foolishness is a great deal more vital and healthy than our straining and striving after a meaningful life. -Anton Chekhov

45. I was oppressed with a sense of vague discontent and dissatisfaction with my own life, which was passing so quickly and uninterestingly, and I kept thinking it would be a good thing if I could tear my heart out of my breast, that heart which had grown so weary of life. -Anton Chekhov

46. 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

47. We are accustomed to live in hopes of good weather, a good harvest, a nice love-affair, hopes of becoming rich or getting the office of chief of police, but I’ve never noticed anyone hoping to get wiser. We say to ourselves: it’ll be better under a new tsar, and in two hundred years it’ll still be better, and nobody tries to make this good time come tomorrow. On the whole, life gets more and more complex every day and moves on its own sweet will, and people get more and more stupid, and get isolated from life in ever-increasing numbers. -Anton Chekhov

Anton Chekhov Quotes On Death

Anton Chekhov Quotes On Death

48. They say philosophers and wise men are indifferent. Wrong. Indifference is a paralysis of the soul, a premature death. -Anton Chekhov

49. 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. -Anton Chekhov

50. The fear of death is an animal passion which must be overcome. Only those who believe in a future life and tremble for sins committed, can logically fear death.

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51. Death is terrifying, but it would be even more terrifying to find out that you are going to live forever and never die. -Anton Chekhov

52. Do you see that tree? It is dead but it still sways in the wind with the others. I think it would be like that with me. That if I died I would still be part of life in one way or another. -Anton Chekhov

53. Death can only be profitable: there’s no need to eat, drink, pay taxes, offend people, and since a person lies in a grave for hundreds or thousands of years, if you count it up the profit turns out to be enormous. -Anton Chekhov

Anton Chekhov Quotes On Love

Anton Chekhov Quotes On Love

54. Love is a scandal of the personal sort. -Anton Chekhov

55. If you are afraid of loneliness, don’t marry. -Anton Chekhov

56. Only one who loves can remember so well. -Anton Chekhov

57. And only now, when he was gray-haired, had he fallen in love properly, thoroughly, for the first time in his life. -Anton Chekhov

58. 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

59. A woman can become a man’s friend only in the following stages – first an acquaintance, next a mistress, and only then a friend. -Anton Chekhov

60. Love must be plucked out the moment it springs up in the heart.

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61. To fear love is to fear life, and those whose fear life are already three parts dead. -Anton Chekhov

62. Love, friendship and respect do not unite people as much as a common hatred for something. -Anton Chekhov

63. Reason and justice tell me there’s more love for humanity in electricity and steam than in chastity and vegetarianism. -Anton Chekhov

64. I’ve never been in love. I’ve dreamt of it day and night, but my heart is like a fine piano no one can play because the key is lost. -Anton Chekhov

65. 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

66. And with a burning pain in my heart I realized how unnecessary, how petty, and how deceptive all that had hindered us from loving was. I understood that when you love you must either, in your reasonings about that love, start from what is highest, from what is more important than happiness or unhappiness, sin or virtue in their accepted meaning, or you must not reason at all. -Anton Chekhov

Anton Chekhov The Seagull Quotes

Anton Chekhov The Seagull Quotes

67. It is always “Youth, youth,” when there is nothing else to be said. -Anton Chekhov

68. Happiness does not depend on riches; poor men are often happy. -Anton Chekhov

69. We need new forms! New forms. And if we can’t have them, we had better have nothing at all. -Anton Chekhov

70. Why do I hear a note of sadness that wrings my heart in this cry of a pure soul? If at any time you should have need of my life, come and take it. -Anton Chekhov

71. In all the universe nothing remains permanent and unchanged but the spirit.

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72. Wine and tobacco destroy the individuality. After a cigar or a glass of vodka you are no longer Peter Sorin, but Peter Sorin plus somebody else. Your ego breaks in two: you begin to think of yourself in the third person. -Anton Chekhov

73. I shall never forget you. I shall always remember you as I saw you that bright day–do you recall it?–a week ago, when you wore your light dress, and we talked together, and the white seagull lay on the bench beside us. -Anton Chekhov

74. Last night I went to bed at ten and woke at nine this morning, feeling as if, from oversleep, my brain had stuck to my skull. [Laughing] And yet I accidentally dropped off to sleep again after dinner, and feel utterly done up at this moment. It is like a nightmare. -Anton Chekhov