Kill the idea that naivety is an unforgivable flaw but cynicism is just wisdom, murder it, chop it up and serve it for dinner, I don’t care, just end this bullshit idea that it’s better to hate than to love and better to rot in miserable bitter resignation than to hope for the best.
0rangutang Isn’t this what you’re always trying to tell me?
Civilized people must, I believe, satisfy the following criteria:
1. They respect human beings as individual and are therefore always tolerant, gentle, courteous and amenable…
2. They have compassion for other people besides beggars ad cats. Their hearts suffer the pain of what is hidden to the naked eye…
3.They respect other people’s property, and therefore pay their debts.
4.They are not devious, and they fear lies as they fear fire. They don’t tell lies even in the most trivial matters. … Civilized people don’t put on airs; they behave in the street as they would do at home, they don’t show off to impress their juniors…They are discreet and don’t broadcast unsolicited confidences…They mostly keep silence, from respect for others’ ears.
5.They don’t run themselves down in order to provoke the sympathy of others.
6.They are not vain.
7.If they do possess talent, they value it. They will sacrifice people of mind, women, wine, and the bustle and vanity of the world for it.
8.They work at developing their aesthetic sensibility.”
Anton Chekhov, Letter to Nikolay Chekhov, March 1886
- Also part of Selected Letters