"People should be beautiful in every way - in their faces, in the way they dress, in their thoughts and in their innermost selves."(Uncle Vanya, 1897)
"Man is what he believes."
"Perhaps the feelings that we experience when we are in love represent a normal state. Being in love shows a person who he should be."
"We shall find peace. We shall hear the angels, we shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds."
"You must trust and believe in people or life becomes impossible."
"To advise is not to compel."
"If you are afraid of loneliness, do not marry."
"The secret of boring people lies in telling them everything."
"Love, friendship and respect do not unite people as much as a common hatred for something."
"Medvienko: Why do you always wear black? Masha: I am in mourning for my life. I am unhappy." (Seagull, 1896)
"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."
"Doctors are just the same as lawyers; the only difference is that lawyers merely rob you, whereas doctors rob you and kill you too.
"Medicine is my lawful wife and literature my mistress; when I get tired of one, I spend the night with the other."
"The university brings out all abilities including incapability."
"A writer is not a confectioner, a cosmetic dealer, or an entertainer. He is a man who has signed a contract with his conscious and his sense of duty."
"When a lot of remedies are suggested for a disease, that means it can't be cured."
"One must be a god to be able to tell successes from failures without making a mistake."
"The more refined one is, the more unhappy."