18+ Chernobyl Series Quotes That’ll Give You Goosebumps

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Let’s raise a toast IMDB best rated HBO series Chernobyl. Based on true accounts of the horrifying man-made disaster, this is obviously the best TV show to come out of 2019. While all of the show is seriously epic, we’ve listed 18 Chernobyl series quotes which we liked the best.

TV show lovers will appreciate the level of writing that went into this script. Portrayed by actors who are true geniuses of their own with an excellent director, the series is a fantastic recollection of the events that took place.

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Series Summary

The complete events of this tragedy are spread out over 5 episodes in this mini-series. Based on the best selling book Voices From Chernobyl by Svetlana Alexeievich, it is mostly based on accounts from people on the ground on that fateful night.

The trailer begins with a voiceover stating how Chernobyl was absolute madness exemplified. Authorities weren’t concerned at all, in the beginning. They dismissed claims of Chernobyl being dangerous and radioactive as mere lies and misinformation, meant to spread panic among its citizens.

However, scientists eventually realize that they were wrong. Horribly wrong.

Firefighters at the scene of the operation start burning up without any contact. The local authorities and innocents are clueless about this as they’ve never experienced anything like this before. Nuclear technology was still incomprehensible for a lot of people, and its repercussions unknown.

Nevertheless, the government eventually realizes its mistake and begins evacuating people in all affected areas. However, the damage has already been done as anyone who was ever in the vicinity of Chernobyl is now affected by radiation.

The images showing the series are ghastly. Radioactive poisoning isn’t something that kills you instantly. It is spread out over time and slowly burns you up, without any cure. It is painful and slow, adding to the misery of patients.

Government authorities and staff, members on the ground all turned out to be affected by radiation poisoning intensively.

It is revealed that authorities already had an inkling over the problems that would ensue from the reactor. It was constructed poorly to start with and had a massive cover-up scandal. Although those responsible were handed out punishments soon enough, that didn’t stop them in time.

Due to it being the height of the Cold War, Russia tried with all its might to prevent the flow of information to the Western World as they feared this would weaken their position. However, it did eventually get out to the world, which reacted in horror as they saw the toll it took on humankind.

What terrified the most was complete and utter failure of the government in handling this early on. Something like this had never occurred on the planet before, which led to massive public outrage over the issue. Chernobyl is still championed as the reason why the world shouldn’t adopt nuclear technology, by many anti-nuclear activists today.

Yet the series displays many acts of selfless heroism, where brave volunteers came forth to protect others and sacrifice their own lives. The most touching of these stories is one where 3 men bravely went back inside the reactor to prevent a complete nuclear blast out.

This would’ve wiped out half of Europe and rendered it radioactive for 500000 years at least. All of Russia would’ve been blown away if it weren’t for the brave actions of these three.

Development & Production

Intensive research went into the making of the script. The writers took inputs from author Svetlana as well as took various ground reports to plan out the events in the film.

They did take a few creative liberties while writing the movie. There are several events in the series that didn’t happen in real life. They were only added to spice up the series, adding certain fictitious elements into the series.

There was wide apprehension at the studio if the show would live up to its predecessor. Its slot had been previously filled by the massively popular Game of Thrones, which led to worries whether ratings would fall off a cliff if the audience didn’t like the story.

Thankfully, nothing of that sort happened as this series wowed everyone and took away their breath.


Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter blew up in praise for the direction and brilliant portrayal of the Chernobyl incident. Most were millennials who had no idea about the magnitude of this disaster.

The series even caused a spike in Chernobyl visits by tourists. People were eager to see what had happened.

The series is currently the highest rated show on IMDB, beating massive shows like Breaking Bad or even Game Of Thrones. With a cult following already established in social media platforms, it is evident that its popularity would keep going strong for the next decade at least.

Chernobyl series quotes were widely shared across social media websites. Users poured in with their creativity to create stunning images and recreations of Chernobyl. The series’ massive popularity saw an increase in general popularity of the series worldwide.

Chernobyl Series Quotes

Scroll on for the best moments from this legendary TV series

  • #1
“When the truth offends, we lie and lie until we can no longer remember it is even there. But it is still there” Chernobyl
  • #2
“You know the old Russian proverb ‘Think but verify’ And the Americans think that Ronald Reagan thought that up”
  • #3
“There was nothing sane about Chernobyl. What happened there, what happened after, even the good we did, all of it… Madness”
  • #4
“Our power comes from the perception of our power”
  • #5
To be a scientist is to be naive. We are so focused on our search for truth we fail to consider how few actually want us to find it.
  • #6
“You came off a naive idiot. And naive idiots are not a threat”
  • #7
“You’ll do it because it must be done. You’ll do it because no one else can. And if you don’t, millions will die. If you’ll tell me that’s not enough, I won’t believe you”
  • #8
“The truth doesn’t care about our needs or wants. It doesn’t care about our governments, our ideologies, our religions. It will lie in wait for all time. And this, at last, is the gift of Chernobyl”
  • #9
“Every lie we tell incurs a debt to the truth. Sooner or later, that debt is paid”
  • #10
“You put a bullet in someone. You’re not you anymore. You’ll never be you anymore. But then you wake up the next morning and you’re still you. And you realize that was you all along. You just didn’t know”
  • #11
“The real danger is if we hear enough lies, then we no longer recognize the truth at all”
  • #12
“Why worry about something that isn’t gonna happen?”
  • #13
“In a just world, I’d be shot for my lies. But not for this, not for the truth”
  • #14
“These men work in the dark. They see everything”
  • #15
“Where I once would fear the cost of truth, now I only ask ‘What is the cost of lies?’”
  • #16
“When it’s your life and the lives of everyone you love, your moral conviction doesn’t mean anything. It leaves you. And all you want at that moment is not to be shot”
  • #17
“You think the right question will get you the truth? There is no truth”
  • #18
“We are asking for your permission to kill three men.” “Well, all victories inevitably come at a cost”

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  • 9th September 2019 at 9:07 pm

    This is a quote from the HBO mini series Chernobyl. The accident was largely the fault of ignoring the truth and lying about the dangers because it didn t jive with the political landscape they wanted to maintain. As a result the reactor exploded. So the idea is that if you keep lying to yourself about the way something is eventually the truth comes out because your lies don t matter in the end. So in this particular example lying about the dangers of chernobyl lead to those safety flaws cascading and the nuclear accident. There are lots of modern instances where peopel are ignoring the truth and if we keep ignoring it long enough a price will be paid.


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