Milan Kundera

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Milan Kundera

Milan Kundera

The light that radiates from the great novels time can never dim, for human existence is perpetually being forgotten by man and thus the novelists discoveries, however old they may be, will never cease to astonish.More Milan Kundera [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The word change, so dear to our Europe, has been given a new meaning: it no longer means a new stage of coherent development (as it was understood by Vico, Hegel or Marx), but a shift from one side to another, from front to back, from the back to the left, from the left to the front (as understood by designers dreaming up the fashion for the next season).More Milan Kundera [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Let us consider the critic, therefore, as a discoverer of discoveries.More Milan Kundera [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Happiness is the longing for repetition.More Milan Kundera [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
True human goodness, in all its purity and freedom, can come to the fore only when its recipient has no power.More Milan Kundera [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Eroticism is like a dance: one always leads the other.More Milan Kundera [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We live everything as it comes, without warning, like an actor going on cold. And what can life be worth if the first rehearsal for life is life itself? That is why life is always a sketch. No sketch is not quite the right word, because a sketch is an outline of something, the groundwork for a picture, whereas the sketch that is our life is a sketch of nothing, an outline with no picture.More Milan Kundera [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Mysticism and exaggeration go together. A mystic must not fear ridicule if he is to push all the way to the limits of humility or the limits of delight.More Milan Kundera [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
For a novelist, a given historic situation is an anthropologic laboratory in which he explores his basic question: What is human existence?More Milan Kundera [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Milan Kundera [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The reign of imagagology begins where history ends.More Milan Kundera [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.More Milan Kundera [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Listening to a news broadcast is like smoking a cigarette and crushing the butt in the ashtray.More Milan Kundera [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Nudity is the uniform of the other side... nudity is a shroud.More Milan Kundera [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
No great movement designed to change the world can bear to be laughed at or belittled. Mockery is a rust that corrodes all it touches.More Milan Kundera [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Milan Kundera [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The basis of shame is not some personal mistake of ours, but the ignominy, the humiliation we feel that we must be what we are without any choice in the matter, and that this humiliation is seen by everyone.More Milan Kundera [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Solitude: a sweet absence of looks.More Milan Kundera [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A wave of anger washed over me, anger against myself, at my age at the time, that stupid lyrically age, when a man is too great a riddle to himself to be interested in the riddles outside himself and when other people are mere walking mirrors in which he is amazed to find his own emotions, his own worth.More Milan Kundera [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A novel that does not uncover a hitherto unknown segment of existence is immoral. Knowledge is the novel's only morality.More Milan Kundera [08/06/2011 03:08:03]
Hate traps us by binding us too tightly to our adversary.More Milan Kundera [08/06/2011 03:08:05]
Metaphors are dangerous. Love begins with a metaphor. Which is to say, love begins at the point when a woman enters her first word into our poetic memory.More Milan Kundera [08/06/2011 03:08:48]
No matter how much we scorn it, kitsch is an integral part of the human condition.More Milan Kundera [08/06/2011 03:08:05]
Nothing requires a greater effort of thought than arguments to justify the rule of non-thought.More Milan Kundera [08/06/2011 03:08:22]
People are going deaf because music is played louder and louder, but because they're going deaf, it has to be played louder still.More Milan Kundera [08/06/2011 03:08:43]

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