for writers and readers….
In the search for truth human beings take two steps forward and one step back. Suffering, mistakes and weariness of life thrust them back, but the thirst for truth and stubborn will drive them forward. And who knows? Perhaps they will reach the real truth at last.
From The Duel and quoted in the opening of Gabor Maté’s In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts
Photo credit: Bruno van der Kraan
so accurate and perhaps they will
Perhaps but even the struggle towards it is worthwhile.
Gloomy buggers these Russian writers. He should try a good spicy meal to drive out the constipation of thought.
A bit harsh on Anton? He does include the word perhaps
You’re right, Chekhov is not as gloomy as most Russian writers, and can manage humour, as well as masterly description in ‘The Steppe’. But it must be something inherently Russian there making him make such a gloomy quote.