Excerpt | Civilized People
Civilized people must, I believe, satisfy the following criteria:
7/ If they do possess talent, they value it. They take pride in it. They know they have a responsibility to exert a civilizing influence on (others) rather than aimlessly hanging out with them. And they are fastidious in their habits.
§ From a letter to Nikolay Chekhov, March 1886
Chekhov, A. (2004) A Life in Letters