Anton Pavlovich Chekhov 1860 – 1904 was a Russian playwright and short-story writer considered to be one of the greatest short-fiction writers in history. As well as his literary career, he also qualified and practised as a Doctor throughout his life. 
‘Any idiot can face a crisis – it’s day to day living that wears you out’ 
‘Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice’ 
‘Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass’ 
‘For Gods sake, have some self-respect and do not run off at the mouth if your brain is out to lunch’ 
‘This life is ours… Human life is like a flower gloriously blooming in a meadow: along comes a goat, eats it up- no more flower’ 
‘Do silly things. Foolishness is a great deal more vital and healthy than our straining and striving after a meaningful life’ 
‘A good upbringing means not that you won’t spill sauce on the tablecloth, but that you won’t notice it when someone else does’ 
‘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’ 
‘You must trust and believe in people or life becomes impossible’ 
‘If you want to work on your art, work on your life’ 
‘Only during hard times do people come to understand how difficult it is to be master of their feelings and thoughts’ 
‘People who lead a lonely existence always have something on their minds that they are eager to talk about’ 
‘The task of a writer is not to solve the problem but to state the problem correctly’ 
‘When a person is born, he can embark on only one of three roads of life: If you go right, the wolves will eat you; if you go left, you’ll eat the wolves; if you go straight, you’ll eat yourself’ 
‘Wisdom… comes not from age, but from education and learning’ 
‘We shall find peace. We shall hear angels, we shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds’ 
‘Love, friendship and respect do not unite people as much as a common hatred for something’ 
‘Try to reason about love, and you will lose your reason’ 
‘There are plenty of good people, but only a very, very few are precise and disciplined’ 
‘Which executioner is the more humane? He who kills you in a few minutes or he who drags the life out of you in the course of many years’ 
‘Everything on earth is beautiful, everything- except what we ourselves think and do when we forget the higher purposes of life and our own human dignity’ 
‘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’ 
‘Life is given only once, and one wants to live it boldly, with full conscious and beauty’ 
‘People should be beautiful in every way – in their faces, in the way they dress, in their thoughts and in their innermost selves’ 
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