A Quote by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov on advice, art, clarity, composers, difficulty, life, nature, proof, sons, soul, talent, trouble, understanding, and writing

Another piece of advice: when you read proof 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.

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860 - 1904)

Source: To Maxim Gorky, September 3, 1899

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A Quote by Anna Quindlen on experience, heart, knowledge, mind, people, poetry, soul, wine, and words

People who are knowledgeable about poetry sometimes discuss it in that knowing, rather hateful way in which oenophiles talk about wine: robust, delicate, muscular. This has nothing to do with how most of us experience it, the heart coming around the corner and unexpectedly running into the mind. Of all the words that have stuck to the ribs of my soul, poetry has been the most filling.

Anna Quindlen

Source: New York Times

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A Quote by Ann Fairbairn on hatred, soul, and time

Interior presence cannot occupy the human soul at the same time that it is occupied by hatred.

Ann Fairbairn

Source: Five Smooth Stones

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A Quote by Andrew Preston Peabody on character, force, heart, mind, soul, and work

The force, the mass of character, mind, heart or soul that a man can put into any work is the most important factor in that work.

Andrew Preston Peabody (1811 - 1893)

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A Quote by Andrew Marvell on body and soul


Casting the body's vest aside, My soul into the boughs does glide.

Andrew Marvell (1621 - 1678)

Source: The Garden, 1650-1652

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A Quote by André Chénier on genius, practice, reason, soul, talent, and virtue

What is virtue? reason put into practice: -talent? reason expressed with brilliance: -soul? reason delicately put forth; and genius is sublime reason.

Andre Chenier (1762 - 1794)

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A Quote by Anatoly Scharansky on freedom and soul

They tried their best to find a place where I was isolated. But all the resources of a superpower cannot isolate the man who hears a voice of freedom, a voice I heard from the very chamber of my soul.

Anatoly Scharansky

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A Quote by Anatole France on animals, love, and soul

Until one has loved an animal, part of one's soul remains unawakened.

Anatole France (1844 - 1924)

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A Quote by Anatol Rapoport on awareness, chess, facts, interest, life, play, and soul

One cannot play chess if one becomes aware of the pieces as living souls and of the fact that the Whites and the Blacks have more in common with each other than with the players. Suddenly one loses all interest in who will be champion.

Anatol Rapoport

Source: Fights, Games and Debates (1960)

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A Quote by Anatole France on good and soul


The good critic is he who relates the adventures of his soul among masterpieces.

Anatole France (1844 - 1924)

Source: La Vie littéraire

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