Posts tagged Civilized People
Excerpt | Civilized People

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

5/ They don't run themselves down in order to provoke the sympathy of others.
They don't play on other people's heartstrings to be sighed over and cosseted; that sort of thing is just cheap striving for effects, it's vulgar, old hat and false.

§ From a letter to Nikolay Chekhov, March 1886

Chekhov, A. (2004) A Life in Letters

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

Excerpt | Civilized People

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

3/ They respect other people's property, and therefore pay their debts.

§ From a letter to Nikolay Chekhov, March 1886

Chekhov, A. (2004) A Life in Letters

Excerpt | Civilized People

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

2/ They have compassion for other people besides beggars and cats. Their hearts suffer the pain of what is hidden to the naked eye.

§ From a letter to Nikolay Chekhov, March 1886

Chekhov, A. (2004) A Life in Letters

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