Quotation by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

I have no faith in our hypocritical, false, hysterical, uneducated and lazy intelligentsia when they suffer and complain: their oppression comes from within. I believe in individual people. I see salvation in discrete individuals, intellectuals and peasants, strewn hither and yon throughout Russia. They have the strength, although there are few of them.
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860–1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, February 22, 1899, to I.I. Orlov. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 8, p. 101, "Nauka" (1976).
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