Quotation by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

Who keeps the tavern and serves up the drinks? The peasant. Who squanders and drinks up money belonging to the peasant commune, the school, the church? The peasant. Who would steal from his neighbor, commit arson, and falsely denounce another for a bottle of vodka? The peasant.
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860–1904), Russian author, playwright. Olga's thoughts in Peasants, Works, vol. 9, p. 311, "Nauka" (1976).
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