• Useless pursuits and conversations always about the same things absorb the better part of one's time, the better part of one's strength, and in the end there is left a life grovelling and curtailed, worthless and trivial, and there is no escaping or getting away from it—just as though one were in a madhouse or prison.

    Anton Chekhov (2013). “Delphi Complete Works of Anton Chekhov (Illustrated)”, p.2939, Delphi Classics