Milan Kundera Quotes

23 Milan Kundera quotes:

"How goodness heightens beauty!"
Author: Kundera Quotes Category: Beauty Quotes
"Eroticism is like a dance: one always leads the other."
"High culture is nothing but a child of that European perversion called history, the obsession we have with going forward, with considering the sequence of generations a relay race in which everyone surpasses his predecessor, only to be surpassed by his successor. Without this relay race called history there would be no European art and what characterizes it: a longing for originality, a longing for change. Robespierre, Napoleon, Beethoven, Stalin, Picasso, they're all runners in the relay race, they all belong to the same stadium."
Author: Kundera Quotes Category: Culture Quotes
"There is nothing heavier than compassion. Not even one's own pain weighs so heavy as the pain one feels for someone, for someone, pain intensified by the imagination and prolonged by a hundred echos."
"Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it."
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"He took over anger to intimidate subordinates, and in time anger took over him."
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"I think therefore I am' is the statement of an intellectual who underrates toothaches"
"I think, therefore I am is the statement of an intellectual who underrates toothaches."
"A gesture cannot be regarded as the expression of an individual, as his creation (because no individual is capable of creating a fully original gesture, belonging to nobody else), nor can it even be regarded as that person's instrument; on the contrary, it is gestures that use us as their instruments, as their bearers and incarnations."
"True human goodness, in all its purity and freedom, can come to the fore only when its recipient has no power."
"A worker may be the hammer's master, but the hammer still prevails. A tool knows exactly how it is meant to be handled, while the user of the tool can only have an approximate idea."
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"Business has only two functions - marketing and innovation."
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"Happiness is the longing for repetition."
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"Without the meditative background that is criticism, works become isolated gestures, historical accidents, soon forgotten."
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"Nothing requires a greater effort of thought than arguments to justify the rule of non-thought."
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"Optimism is the opium of the people."
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"We can never establish with certainty what part of our relations with others is the result of our emotions -- love, antipathy, charity, or malice -- and what part is predetermined by the constant power play among individuals."
"A route differs from a road not only because it is solely intended for vehicles, but also because it is merely a line that connects one point with another. A route has no meaning in itself; its meaning derives entirely from the two points that it connects. A road is a tribute to space. Every stretch of road has meaning in itself and invites us to stop. A route is the triumphant devaluation of space, which thanks to it has been reduced to a mere obstacle to human movement and a waste of time."
"Nudity is the uniform of the other side... nudity is a shroud."
Author: Kundera Quotes Category: Quotes Quotes Nudity Quotes
"The present era grabs everything that was ever written in order to transform it into films, TV programs; or cartoons. What is essential in a novel is precisely what can only be expressed in a novel, and so every adaptation contains nothing but the non-essential. If a person is still crazy enough to write novels nowadays and wants to protect them, he has to write them in such a way that they cannot be adapted, in other words, in such a way that they cannot be retold."
Author: Kundera Quotes Category: Literature Quotes

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