Sunday, December 15, 2013

Four exemplary Chekhov aphorisms...

...brought to my attention by Will Crawford:

Life does not agree with philosophy: there is no happiness which is not idleness and only the useless is pleasurable.

The grandfather is given fish to eat, and if it does not poison him and he remains alive, then all the family eat it.

A writer of no talent, who has been writing for a long time, with his air of importance reminds one of a high priest.

Women deprived of the company of men pine, men deprived of the company of women become stupid.


  1. Great quotes shared from Will. Chekhov is not read widely enough, IMHO. He's overshadowed by Tolstoy, while his writing is lying there quietly on the shelf, waiting for us to notice.

    1. I like to read Chekhov's stuff. I like his basic life attitude and his allergy to pretentiousness.