Uncle Vanya Quotes


“So you also destroy mankind, and soon fidelity and purity and self-sacrifice will have vanished with the woods. Why cannot you look calmly at a woman unless she is yours? Because, the doctor was right, you are all possessed by a devil of destruction; you have no mercy on the woods or the birds or on women or on one another.”


If somebody conducts a public opinion poll about the most important human traits, the mankind and compassion will head the list. Yes, people appreciate these traits, but most of us don’t show and use it in necessary situations. The humanity becomes more and more regardless and insensible to the nature, environment and people who require help and support. Maybe, people are indifferent today, because the world becomes cruel. Wars, famine and social inequality teach people to fight and make them heartless. As we used to say “it's no business of mine”.

But the author insists on destroying this devil and forces us to be reliable and compassionate. It is really hard to live in the world where frankness and kindness doesn’t exist.

“Everyone who betrays husband or wife is faithless, and could also betray his country.”


Betrayal is the most painful moment in the life of every person. Why? Maybe, we don’t expect it from the dearest and important for us people. Of course, we cannot predict our future and many difficult events occur on the way. And people don’t expect their actions and behavior. Somebody has problems or temptations and at the end person consciously betray the trust for the sake of the own interests. But how can you betray your husband or wife if you swear allegiance during the marriage ceremony? Or how can you betray your country if you swear to protect it? Chekhov considers that any betrayal has awful consequences and hurts person for life.

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