Quotes by Anton Chekhov


Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice.
– Anton Chekhov
Advertising is the very essence of democracy.
– Anton Chekhov
Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
– Anton Chekhov
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
Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.
– Anton Chekhov
If you are afraid of loneliness, don't marry.
– Anton Chekhov
If you cry Forward you must be sure to make clear the direction in which to go. Don't you see that if you fail to do that and simply call out the word to a monk and a revolutionary, they will go in precisely opposite directions?
– Anton Chekhov
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.
– Anton Chekhov
Man is what he believes.
– Anton Chekhov
Medicine is my lawful wife and literature my mistress; when I get tired of one, I spend the night with the other.
– Anton Chekhov
One must be a god to be able to tell successes from failures without making a mistake.
– Anton Chekhov
Only entropy comes easy.
– Anton Chekhov
People don't notice whether it's winter or summer when they're happy.
– Anton Chekhov
Reason and justice tell me there's more love for humanity in electricity and steam than in chastity and vegetarianism.
– Anton Chekhov
The more refined one is, the more unhappy.
– Anton Chekhov
The only difference between doctors and lawyers is that lawyers merely rob you, whereas doctors rob you and kill you, too.
– Anton Chekhov
To advise is not to compel.
– Anton Chekhov
When a lot of remedies are suggested for a disease, that means it can't be cured.
– Anton Chekhov
When a woman isn't beautiful, people always say, 'You have lovely eyes, you have lovely hair.'
– Anton Chekhov
When an actor has money he doesn't send letters, he sends telegrams.
– Anton Chekhov