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Actors, Acting
Engrave this Quote When an actor has money, he doesn't send letters, but telegrams.
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-Anton Chekhov
Alcohol/Alcoholism
Engrave this Quote Lying is the same as alcoholism. Liars prevaricate even on their deathbeds.
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-Anton Chekhov
Apathy
Engrave this Quote Wherever there is degeneration and apathy, there also is sexual perversion, cold depravity, miscarriage, premature old age, grumbling youth, there is a decline in the arts, indifference to science, and injustice in all its forms.
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-Anton Chekhov, Letter, to his editor and friend, A.S. Suvorin., December 27, 1889
Authors & Writing
Engrave this Quote Another piece of advice: when you proofread cross out as many adjectives and adverbs as you can. You have so many modifiers that the reader has trouble understanding and gets worn out. It is comprehensible when I write: The man sat on the grass, because it is clear and does not detain one's attention. On the other hand, it is difficult to figure out and hard on the brain if I write: The tall, narrow-chested man of medium height and with a red beard sat down on the green grass that had already been trampled down by the pedestrians, sat down silently, looking around timidly and fearfully. The brain can't grasp all that at once, and art must be grasped at once, instantaneously. And then one other thing; you are lyrical by nature. The timber of your soul is soft. If you were a composer you would avoid writing marches. It is unnatural for your talent to curse, shout, taunt, denounce with rage. Therefore, you'll understand if I advise you, in proofreading, to eliminate the sons of bitches, curs, and flea-bitten mutts that appear here and there on the pages of Life.
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-Anton Chekhov, To Maxim Gorky, September 3, 1899
Communication
Engrave this Quote 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?
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-Anton Chekhov
Doctors
Engrave this Quote 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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-Anton Chekhov
Health
Engrave this Quote Any idiot can face a crisis, it's the day to day living that wears you out.
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-Anton Chekhov
Medicine
Engrave this Quote When a lot of remedies are suggested for a disease, that means it can't be cured.
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-Anton Chekhov
Engrave this Quote 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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-Anton Chekhov
Perfection
Engrave this Quote The leaves did not stir on the trees, grasshoppers chirruped, and the monotonous hollow sound of the sea rising up from below, spoke of the peace, of the eternal sleep awaiting us. So it must have sounded when there was no Yalta, no Oreanda here; so it sounds now, and it will sound as indifferently and monotonously when we are all no more. And in this constancy, in this complete indifference to the life and death of each of us, there lies hid, perhaps, a pledge of our eternal salvation, of the unceasing movement of life upon earth, of unceasing progress towards perfection.
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-Anton Chekhov, The Lady with the Dog (or, sometimes, Lady with Lap Dog)
Solitude
Engrave this Quote If you are afraid of loneliness, don't marry.
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-Anton Chekhov
Success & Failure
Engrave this Quote One must be a god to be able to tell successes from failures without making a mistake.
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-Anton Chekhov
Thought
Engrave this Quote Man is what he believes.
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-Anton Chekhov

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