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Anton Chekhov

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Born

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov29 January 1860 Taganrog, Ekaterinoslav Governorate, Russian Empire

Died

15 July 1904 Badenweiler, Grand Duchy of Baden, German Empire

Resting place

Novodevichy Cemetery, Moscow

Occupation

Physician, short story writer, playwright

Nationality

Russian

Alma mater

First Moscow State Medical University

Notable awards

Pushkin Prize

Spouse

Olga Knipper

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Anton Pavlovich Chekhov was a Russian playwright and short-story writer, who is considered to be among the greatest writers of short fiction in history. His career as a playwright produced four classics, and his best short stories are held in high esteem by writers and critics. Along with Henrik Ibsen and August Strindberg, Chekhov is often referred to as one of the three seminal figures in the birth of early modernism in the theatre. Chekhov practiced as a medical doctor throughout most of his literary career: "Medicine is my lawful wife", he once said, "and literature is my mistress."

Chekhov renounced the theatre after the reception of The Seagull in 1896, but the play was revived to acclaim in 1898 by Konstantin Stanislavski's Moscow Art Theatre, which subsequently also produced Chekhov's Uncle Vanya and premiered his last two plays, Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard. These four works present a challenge to the acting ensemble as well as to audiences, because in place of conventional action Chekhov offers a "theatre of mood" and a "submerged life in the text".

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

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

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There is nothing new in art except talent. - Anton Chekhov

There is nothing new in art except talent.

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

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

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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. - Anton Chekhov

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.

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When you're thirsty and it seems that you could drink the entire ocean that's faith when you start to drink and finish only a glass or two that's science. - Anton Chekhov

When you're thirsty and it seems that you could drink the entire ocean that's faith when you start to drink and finish only a glass or two that's science.

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Faith is an aptitude of the spirit. It is, in fact, a talent: you must be born with it. - Anton Chekhov

Faith is an aptitude of the spirit. It is, in fact, a talent: you must be born with it.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

Doctors are just the same as lawyers the only difference is that lawyers merely rob you, whereas doctors rob you and kill you too.

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Money, like vodka, turns a person into an eccentric. - Anton Chekhov

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

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