Excerpt | Civilized People
Civilized people must, I believe, satisfy the following criteria:
1/ They respect human beings as individuals and are therefore always tolerant, gentle, courteous and amenable. They do not create scenes over a hammer or a mislaid eraser; they do not make you feel they are conferring a great benefit on you when they live with you, and they don't make a scandal when they leave.
§ From a letter to Nikolay Chekhov, March 1886
Chekhov, A. (2004) A Life in Letters