Excerpt | Civilized People

Civilized people must, I believe, satisfy the following criteria:

4/ They are not devious, and they fear lies as they fear fire. They don't tell lies even in the most trivial matters. To lie to someone is to insult them, and the liar is diminished in the eyes of the person he lies to.
Civilized people don't put on airs; they behave in the street as they would at home, they don't show off to impress their juniors.

§ From a letter to Nikolay Chekhov, March 1886

Chekhov, A. (2004) A Life in Letters