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Amazing Anton Chekhov Quotes and Sayings

Written by QuotesLyfe | Updated on: November 22, 2021


Amazing Anton Chekhov Quotes and Sayings

In this article, we present to you some of the famous Anton Chekhov Quotes with their meaning.

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov was born on 29 January 1860. He was a Russian playwright and short-story writer. He is considered to be among the greatest writers of short fiction in the history of the world. As a playwright, he has written four classics. Also, his short stories are recognised as the best by various authors and several critics. He was a doctor by profession but was a writer by hobby. In 1879, Chekhov completed his school life and joined his family in Moscow. He then gained admission to the medical school at I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University. Chekhov qualified as a physician in 1884. He considered this as his principal profession. 

Also, he was such a noble person that he treated poor people free of charge. He did not charge them any money for treating their disease. He was an excellent writer also. Chekhov described the Russian life of his time using a deceptively simple technique.

His notable works in the literary world are as follows -

1.The Seagull

2.The Cherry Orchard

3.Ward Number Six

4.Uncle Vanya

5.Three Sisters

6.The Black Monk

7.The Bear



10.Wood Demon

He was also the recipient of the Pushkin Prize. He died at the age of 44 on 15 July 1904 in Badenweiler. Below are some of the famous Anton Chekhov Quotes.

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

He says that don't tell me that the moon is shining but show me how you can bring bright light on the broken glass. He wants to explain that it is very easy to point at the beautiful things but very hard to bring good from the bad things in life. He says that we must try to bring positive change in the lives of the people.

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

He says that an artist has the role of asking questions through his work to the people, and he is not compelled to answer these questions. An artist has the full responsibility of answering the queries of the people through his art.

What a fine weather today! Can't choose whether to drink tea or to hang me.

Through this quote, he explains that when there is a good time in his life, he cannot decide what he wants to do at that present moment.

Wisdom.... comes not from age, but education and learning.

Wisdom does not come with age, but wisdom is gathered from education and learning through life when a person becomes old.

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.

Love is the way of life. Different feelings move us. These feelings keep on rolling in and around us and involve us into them. Hence, love is the nectar of life, and we should drink every drop of it.

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 says that although medicine is his profession, literature is his hobby. Whenever he gets bored, then he moves on to the other for his mood change.

Man is what he believes.

He says that a person is bound to become whatever he believes in his life. If a person believes that he can achieve greater heights, then he will surely do this and be successful in his life.

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

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov says that all desire peace. Everyone requires peace because it keeps everyone cool and calm. When peace arises, everyone feels blessed and composed in their mind.

If ever my life can be of any use to you, come and claim it.

Anton Chekhov says that he is ready to help anyone who wants to move ahead in life concerning literature. He says that he is ready to help everybody who wants his help.

To fear love is to fear life, and those whose fear life are already three parts dead…

Do not fear life. Be courageous and determined. Those who fear life are almost dead because they do not enjoy life to its fullest potential.

Even in Siberia there is happiness.

Through this quote, he explains that there can be happiness everywhere. Although there are tough times in everybody's life, happiness is sure to come in front of everyone's doors.

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

It is very difficult to judge between good and bad and a successful and an unsuccessful person. Only a person who has the eye of God can differentiate between such things because it is a very difficult job.

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

Respect, friendship, and love do not unite people but the common hatred that helps in a person's progress towards his work.

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The sea has neither meaning nor pity.

The sea is vast and is eternal. The sea has neither meaning nor pity because it is free from such things. The sea is free from the bondage of life.

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

Knowledge is really of no value if it is put into practical life. A person may be very much intelligent but if he does not practice this in his life then his knowledge is of no use and no purpose.

The world is, of course, nothing but our conception of it.

The world is composed of our thoughts. Whatever we think about the world, it seems so. If we think the world is bad, it appears bad, and if you think that the world is a lovely place to live in, it is a very good place to live in.

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

Writing is a very tedious job. Solving problems is not the task of a writer but stating the problem correctly to the people is his job.

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Man will become better when you show him what he is like.

When we do things according to the people, they love it and appreciate it. If we do what they want, then they will show interest in us.

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 says that man can learn more from practical life than from bookish life. Nature is a great teacher who teaches everyone. Those who learn from nature are more intelligent than the people who learn from books.

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.

We must be honest and sincere in terms of making relations in our life. We can be rude when we are angry, but we should also laugh when everything seems funny to us and at last, if we are asked a question, we must also answer it.


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