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For twenty-five years it turns out he was simply taking up space.
Vanya is denouncing Serebryakov's professional achievements, which, in his opinion, have amounted to nothing.
Why do men refuse to see a woman's indifference, especially when she belongs to another man?
Yelena asks Vanya this, revealing her awareness of his lust for her. She wonders why he refuses to accept that she is unattainable.
Every minute seems to stretch on endlessly from the one before it.
Serebryakov is describing the monotony of his retirement in the country. He misses his work, his colleagues, and, most of all, the sense his life has a purpose.
The world will end not because of war, or disasters, but because of hate.
Yelena chides Vanya for his hostile attitudes and notes how others in the house are also hateful and angry. She believes hate between individuals is more harmful than differences in political or philosophical views.
Day and night, right here in this house, my own thoughts smother me.
What makes Vanya so disheartened is not something caused by a difficult situation or other people. Rather, he is the source of his own misery. His thoughts bring him down—and he cannot get away from them.
When you don't have a real life, you must live your mirages.
This is a key, rather Existential quotation from Vanya explaining why he gets drunk, reaffirming an earlier statement in which he explained he got drunk "because it feels just a little bit like being alive."
Astrov criticizes Yelena because she is idle and does not do anything. "Pure" is used by Astrov to mean true and real, or genuine, which is the ideal state to aspire to, if not ever achieve.
If they can't find a label ... they say, 'He's a strange man, very strange.'
Astrov describes how he is labeled a nonconformist because he loves forests and does not eat meat.
He sees the future happiness of humanity.
Yelena describes the concept of sustainability, or why Astrov plants trees—he wants them for future generations.
A talented Russian man cannot remain pure.
This statement is comparable to the contemporary opinion that creative people have a wild side and don't always abide by the mainstream norms.
He's destroyed almost everything and created nothing to take its place.
Astrov is describing the destruction of the forests and humans' failure to replant them.
The geese all squawk, and then they stop.
Marina tells Sonya this after she gets distraught over the angry words between her father and Vanya. She is pointing out it is human nature to get angry, but it is just a passing thing.
I am of the opinion that eccentricity is the normal state of human affairs.
Astrov gives his professional opinion that everyone exhibits behavior that could be clinically diagnosed as abnormal, as in many of Chekov's plays.
You could wake up ... and feel as if you had started all over again.
Vanya describes his desire for a new life. He wants to change his life and to feel full of hope like he had when he was younger.
How do you do that ... start a new life, what makes it start?
Vanya does not know how to change his life. This question demonstrates his desire to change his life while also showing his lack of knowledge on how to do so. This question also reflects Chekhov's keen understanding of human nature and that desire alone is not enough to transform one's life.