Quotation by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

When a person hasn't in him that which is higher and stronger than all external influences, it is enough for him to catch a good cold in order to lose his equilibrium and begin to see an owl in every bird, to hear a dog's bark in every sound.
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860–1904), Russian author, playwright. The professor in A Boring Story, Works, vol. 7, p. 307, "Nauka" (1976).
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