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Milan Kundera quotes: Tereza burst out laughing Thomas laughed with her Tereza burst out laughing
Thomas laughed with her
Milan Kundera quotes: Misery and pride. 'On horseback, death and a peacock'. Misery and pride. 'On horseback, death and a peacock'.
Milan Kundera quotes: Too much faith is the worst ally Too much faith is the worst ally
Milan Kundera quotes: Adventure, the first great theme of the novel. Adventure, the first great theme of the novel.
Milan Kundera quotes: Where are all those virtues of unreason that have shaped our idea of love? Where are all those virtues of unreason that have shaped our idea of love?
Milan Kundera quotes: Eroticism is like a dance: one always leads the other. Eroticism is like a dance: one always leads the other.
Milan Kundera quotes: Jealousy has the amazing power to illuminate a single person in an intense beam of light, keeping the multitude of others in total darkness. Jealousy has the amazing power to illuminate a single person in an intense beam of light, keeping the multitude of others in total darkness.
Milan Kundera quotes: Physical love is unthinkable without violence. Physical love is unthinkable without violence.
Milan Kundera quotes: A scarf from her dress works free and floats behind her the way memories float behind the dead. A scarf from her dress works free and floats behind her the way memories float behind the dead.
Milan Kundera quotes: In the sunset of dissolution, everything is illuminated by the aura of nostalgia, even the guillotine. In the sunset of dissolution, everything is illuminated by the aura of nostalgia, even the guillotine.
Milan Kundera quotes: Let the planet be convulsed with exploding bombs. Let the planet be convulsed with exploding bombs.
Milan Kundera quotes: Art must always stand guard against stirring emotions that lie outside the aesthetic: sexual arousal, terror, disgust, shock. Art must always stand guard against stirring emotions that lie outside the aesthetic: sexual arousal, terror, disgust, shock.
Milan Kundera quotes: [M]an has always harbored the desire to rewrite his own biography, to change the past, to wipe out tracks, both his own and other's. (p.130) [M]an has always harbored the desire to rewrite his own biography, to change the past, to wipe out tracks, both his own and other's. (p.130)
Milan Kundera quotes: The source of anxiety lies in the future. If you can keep the future out of mind, you can forget your worries. The source of anxiety lies in the future. If you can keep the future out of mind, you can forget your worries.
Milan Kundera quotes: Disgust at having to talk about oneself is what distinguishes novelistic talent from lyric talent, Disgust at having to talk about oneself is what distinguishes novelistic talent from lyric talent,
Milan Kundera quotes: There is nothing harder to explain than humor. There is nothing harder to explain than humor.
Milan Kundera quotes: Forgive me," he went on. "For a long time I have had the peculiar habit of not arriving but appearing. Forgive me," he went on. "For a long time I have had the peculiar habit of not arriving but appearing.
Milan Kundera quotes: But what had happened, had happened, and it was no longer possible to right anything. But what had happened, had happened, and it was no longer possible to right anything.
Milan Kundera quotes: Internal imperatives are all the more powerful and therefore all the more of an inducement to revolt. Internal imperatives are all the more powerful and therefore all the more of an inducement to revolt.
Milan Kundera quotes: To be a writer does not mean to preach a truth, it means to discover a truth. To be a writer does not mean to preach a truth, it means to discover a truth.
Milan Kundera quotes: All lovers unconsciously establish their own rules of the game, which from the outset admit of no transgression. All lovers unconsciously establish their own rules of the game, which from the outset admit of no transgression.
Milan Kundera quotes: By writing books, a man turns into a universe. By writing books, a man turns into a universe.
Milan Kundera quotes: It takes a very great intelligence to breathe logical meaning into meaningless ideas. It takes a very great intelligence to breathe logical meaning into meaningless ideas.
Milan Kundera quotes: At what exact moment did the real turn into the unreal, reality into reverie? Where was the border? Where is the border? At what exact moment did the real turn into the unreal, reality into reverie? Where was the border? Where is the border?
Milan Kundera quotes: But I'm not dead!" Tereza cried. "I can still feel!""So can we," the corpses laughed. But I'm not dead!" Tereza cried. "I can still feel!"
"So can we," the corpses laughed.
Milan Kundera quotes: Those boobs of yours are ubiquitous - like God! Those boobs of yours are ubiquitous - like God!
Milan Kundera quotes: An optimist is someone who thinks that on planet number five the history of mankind will be less bloody. A pessimist is one who thinks otherwise. An optimist is someone who thinks that on planet number five the history of mankind will be less bloody. A pessimist is one who thinks otherwise.
Milan Kundera quotes: The life we have left behind us has a bad habit of stepping out of the shadows, of bringing complaints against us, of taking us to court. The life we have left behind us has a bad habit of stepping out of the shadows, of bringing complaints against us, of taking us to court.
Milan Kundera quotes: But if God is gone and man is no longer master, then who is master? But if God is gone and man is no longer master, then who is master?
Milan Kundera quotes: Flirting is a promise of sexual intercourse without a guarantee. Flirting is a promise of sexual intercourse without a guarantee.
Milan Kundera quotes: Shit is a more onerous theological problem than is evil. Shit is a more onerous theological problem than is evil.
Milan Kundera quotes: They talk on about death, about boredom, they drink wine, they laugh, they have a good time, they are happy. They talk on about death, about boredom, they drink wine, they laugh, they have a good time, they are happy.
Milan Kundera quotes: Fidelity gives a unity to lives that would otherwise splinter into thousands of split-second impressions. Fidelity gives a unity to lives that would otherwise splinter into thousands of split-second impressions.
Milan Kundera quotes: On the surface, an intelligible lie; underneath, the unintelligible truth. On the surface, an intelligible lie; underneath, the unintelligible truth.
Milan Kundera quotes: There was pleasure in Paradise but no excitement.pg 246 There was pleasure in Paradise but no excitement.
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Milan Kundera quotes: Seeing is limited by two borders: Strong light, which blinds, and total darkness. Seeing is limited by two borders: Strong light, which blinds, and total darkness.
Milan Kundera quotes: The stronger their nostalgia, the emptier of recollections it becomes. The stronger their nostalgia, the emptier of recollections it becomes.
Milan Kundera quotes: In the world of eternal return the weight of unbearable responsibility lies heavy on every move we make. In the world of eternal return the weight of unbearable responsibility lies heavy on every move we make.
Milan Kundera quotes: I understood that there was no escaping the memories, that I was surround by them. (p.30) I understood that there was no escaping the memories, that I was surround by them. (p.30)
Milan Kundera quotes: Her weakness was aggressive and kept forcing him to capitulate until eventually he lost his strength and was transformed into the rabbit in her arms . Her weakness was aggressive and kept forcing him to capitulate until eventually he lost his strength and was transformed into the rabbit in her arms .
Milan Kundera quotes: The emotion of love gives all of us a misleading illusion of knowing the other. The emotion of love gives all of us a misleading illusion of knowing the other.
Milan Kundera quotes: Even in the game there lurks a lack of freedom; even in a game is a trap for the players. Even in the game there lurks a lack of freedom; even in a game is a trap for the players.
Milan Kundera quotes: The basis of shame is not some personal mistake of ours, but that this humiliation is seen by everyone The basis of shame is not some personal mistake of ours, but that this humiliation is seen by everyone
Milan Kundera quotes: The greater the ambiguity, the greater the pleasure. The greater the ambiguity, the greater the pleasure.
Milan Kundera quotes: I was not a hypocrite, with one real face and several false ones. I had several faces because I was young and didn't know who I was or wanted to I was not a hypocrite, with one real face and several false ones. I had several faces because I was young and didn't know who I was or wanted to be.
Milan Kundera quotes: She regarded books as the emblems of secret brotherhood. A man with this sort of library couldn't possibly hurt her. She regarded books as the emblems of secret brotherhood. A man with this sort of library couldn't possibly hurt her.
Milan Kundera quotes: Mockery is a rust that corrodes all it touches. Mockery is a rust that corrodes all it touches.
Milan Kundera quotes: Irena went to the window to savor the freedom of solitude. Irena went to the window to savor the freedom of solitude.
Milan Kundera quotes: In languages that derive from Latin "compassion" means: we cannot look on coolly as others suffer; or, we sympathize with those who suffer In languages that derive from Latin "compassion" means: we cannot look on coolly as others suffer; or, we sympathize with those who suffer
Milan Kundera quotes: Everyone is wrong about the future. Everyone is wrong about the future.
Milan Kundera quotes: But isn't it true that an author can write only about himself? But isn't it true that an author can write only about himself?
Milan Kundera quotes: But the world was too ugly, and no one decided to rise up out of the grave. But the world was too ugly, and no one decided to rise up out of the grave.
Milan Kundera quotes: Yes, it's crazy. Love is either crazy or it's nothing at all. Yes, it's crazy. Love is either crazy or it's nothing at all.
Milan Kundera quotes: But when the strong were too weak to hurt the weak, the weak had to be strong enough to leave. But when the strong were too weak to hurt the weak, the weak had to be strong enough to leave.
Milan Kundera quotes: Homer never wondered whether, after their many hand-to-hand struggles, Achilles or Ajax still had all their teeth. Homer never wondered whether, after their many hand-to-hand struggles, Achilles or Ajax still had all their teeth.
Milan Kundera quotes: No, it was not superstition, it was a sense of beauty that cured her of her depression and imbued her with a new will to live. No, it was not superstition, it was a sense of beauty that cured her of her depression and imbued her with a new will to live.
Milan Kundera quotes: He Kept recalling her lying on his bed; she reminded him of no one in his former life. He Kept recalling her lying on his bed; she reminded him of no one in his former life.
Milan Kundera quotes: I am not in favor of imposing happiness on people. Everyone has a right to his bad wine, to his stupidity, and to his dirty fingernails. I am not in favor of imposing happiness on people. Everyone has a right to his bad wine, to his stupidity, and to his dirty fingernails.
Milan Kundera quotes: The love between dog and man is idyllic, dogs were never expelled from paradise. The love between dog and man is idyllic, dogs were never expelled from paradise.
Milan Kundera quotes: Believe me, nothing is more beautiful than to carry out crazy ideas. I'd like my whole life to be one single crazy idea. Believe me, nothing is more beautiful than to carry out crazy ideas. I'd like my whole life to be one single crazy idea.
Milan Kundera quotes: I say novelist, not writer. The novelist is one who, according to Flaubert, seeks to disappear behind his work. I say novelist, not writer. The novelist is one who, according to Flaubert, seeks to disappear behind his work.
Milan Kundera quotes: (God) being the old man invented in order to, and with whom to, hold long conversations. (God) being the old man invented in order to, and with whom to, hold long conversations.
Milan Kundera quotes: Love begins with a metaphor, which is to say, love begins at the point when a woman enters her first word into our poetice memory.pg 209 Love begins with a metaphor, which is to say, love begins at the point when a woman enters her first word into our poetice memory.
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