Anton Chekhov Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old anton chekhov quotes, anton chekhov sayings, and anton chekhov proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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

Anton Chekhov

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

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

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

Anton Chekhov

Doctors are the same as lawyers, the sole difference being that lawyers only rob you, but doctors rob you and kill you too.     

Anton Chekhov

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

Anton Chekhov

Any idiot can face a crisis, it's day to day living that wears you out.     

Anton Chekhov

Country life has its advantages, he used to say. You sit on the veranda drinking tea and your ducklings swim on the pond, and everything smells good and there are gooseberries.     

Anton Chekhov

Country acquaintances are charming only in the country and only in the summer. In the city in winter they lose half of their appeal.     

Anton Chekhov

Man is what he believes.     

Anton Chekhov

The secret of boring people lies in telling them everything.     

Anton Chekhov

A naive man is nothing better than a fool. But you women contrive to be naive in such a way that in you it seems sweet, and gentle, and proper, and not as silly as it really is.     

Anton Chekhov

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

Anton Chekhov

I don't know why one can't chase two rabbits at the same time, even in the literal sense of those words. If you have the hounds, go ahead and pursue.     

Anton Chekhov

Thought and beauty, like a hurricane or waves, should not know conventional, delimited forms.     

Anton Chekhov

And the existence is tedious, anyway; it is a senseless, dirty business, this life.     

Anton Chekhov

To live simply to die is by no means amusing, but to live with the knowledge that you will die before your time, that's really is idiotic     

Anton Chekhov

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

Anton Chekhov

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

Anton Chekhov

Only entropy comes easy.     

Anton Chekhov

There are no small number of people in this world who, solitary by nature, always try to go back into their shell like a hermit crab or a snail.     

Anton Chekhov

Life does not agree with philosophy: There is no happiness that is not idleness, and only what is useless is pleasurable.     

Anton Chekhov

It's even pleasant to be sick when you know that there are people who await your recovery as they might await a holiday.     

Anton Chekhov

When you live on cash, you understand the limits of the world around which you navigate each day. Credit leads into a desert with invisible boundaries.     

Anton Chekhov

Humankind has understood history as a series of battles because, to this day, it regards conflict as the central facet of life.     

Anton Chekhov

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

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

Anton Chekhov

In nature a repulsive caterpillar turns into a lovely butterfly. But with human beings it is the other way round: a lovely butterfly turns into a repulsive caterpillar.     

Anton Chekhov

It's very hard, feeling that you're no more than a piece of unwanted furniture in this world.     

Anton Chekhov

A sweet lie is more gracious for us than a virulent but real truth.     

Anton Chekhov