A Quote by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov on cosmetics, honesty, justice, newspapers, pleasure, virtue, and wishes

A litterateur is not a confectioner, not a dealer in cosmetics, not an entertainer. . . . He is just like an ordinary reporter. What would you say if a newspaper reporter, because of his fastidiousness or from a wish to give pleasure to his readers, were to describe only honest mayors, high-minded ladies, and virtuous railroad contractors.

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860 - 1904)

Source: The Personal Papers of Anton Chekhov, Lear, 1950.

Contributed by: Zaady