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UNCLE VANYA

by: Anton Chekhov


People should be beautiful in every way--in their faces, in the way they dress, in their thoughts and in their innermost selves.

In countries where there is a mild climate, less effort is expended on the struggle with nature and man is kinder and more gentle.

Russian forests crash down under the axe, billions of trees are dying, the habitations of animals and birds are layed waste, rivers grow shallow and dry up, marvelous landscapes are disappearing forever.... Man is endowed with creativity in order to multiply that which has been given him; he has not created, but destroyed. There are fewer and fewer forests, rivers are drying up, wildlife has become extinct, the climate is ruined, and the earth is becoming ever poorer and uglier.

The world perishes not from bandits and fires, but from hatred, hostility, and all these petty squabbles.

A woman can only become a man’s friend in three stages: first, she’s an agreeable acquaintance, then a mistress, and only after that a friend.

We shall find peace. We shall hear the angels, we shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds.

Those who come a hundred or two hundred years after us will despise us for having lived our lives so stupidly and tastelessly. Perhaps they’ll find a means to be happy.

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