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Anton Chekhov Quotes

Medicine is my lawful wife and literature my mistress; when I get tired of one, I spend the night with the other.

Money, like vodka, turns a person into an eccentric.

No matter how corrupt and unjust a convict may be, he loves fairness more than anything else. If the people placed over him are unfair, from year to year he lapses into an embittered state characterized by an extreme lack of faith.

No psychologist should pretend to understand what he does not understand... Only fools and charlatans know everything and understand nothing.

One must be a god to be able to tell successes from failures without making a mistake.

Only entropy comes easy.

People don't notice whether it's winter or summer when they're happy.

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

Reason and justice tell me there's more love for humanity in electricity and steam than in chastity and vegetarianism.

The more refined one is, the more unhappy.

The only difference between doctors and lawyers is that lawyers merely rob you, whereas doctors rob you and kill you, too.

The sea has neither meaning nor pity.

The thirst for powerful sensations takes the upper hand both over fear and over compassion for the grief of others.

The University brings out all abilities, including incapability.

The wealthy are always surrounded by hangers-on; science and art are as well.

The world perishes not from bandits and fires, but from hatred, hostility, and all these petty squabbles.

There is nothing new in art except talent.

To advise is not to compel.

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

We learn about life not from plusses alone, but from minuses as well.