You write that laziness is my ideal state. That is not entirely accurate; I despise laziness as I despise weakness and flabby emotional responses. I was not talking about laziness but about idleness, moreover I said that idleness was not an ideal, merely that it was one of the indispensable conditions of personal happiness.
Anton Chekhov, “216. To Alexey Suvorin, 7 April 1897, Moscow”, Chekhov: A Life in Letters
, trans. R. Bartlett and A. Phillips, Penguin, 2004, p. 368. (via msodradek