Unnecessary Ballast

“He is the real thing. He’s a fine man, clever, thinking, and thoughtful. But there is a lot of unnecessary ballast upon him and in him — for example, his provincialism. . . .”
Letter of Anton Chekhov to F. D. Batyushkov (Yalta, January 24, 1900)

We all carry a large amount of unnecessary “debris” and cannot shake it off.

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