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Vaclav Havel quotes: Lying can never save us from another lie. Lying can never save us from another lie.
Vaclav Havel quotes: The tragic element in modern man, not ignore the meaning of his life, but it bothers him less and less. The tragic element in modern man, not ignore the meaning of his life, but it bothers him less and less.
Vaclav Havel quotes: By perceiving ourselves as part of the river, we take responsibility for the river as a whole. By perceiving ourselves as part of the river, we take responsibility for the river as a whole.
Vaclav Havel quotes: Truth is not merely what we are thinking, but also why, to whom and under what circumstances we say it. Truth is not merely what we are thinking, but also why, to whom and under what circumstances we say it.
Vaclav Havel quotes: Truth and love will overcome lies and hatred. Truth and love will overcome lies and hatred.
Vaclav Havel quotes: Keep the company of those who seek the truth- run from those who have found it Keep the company of those who seek the truth- run from those who have found it
Vaclav Havel quotes: We fell morally ill because we became used to saying something different from what we thought. We fell morally ill because we became used to saying something different from what we thought.
Vaclav Havel quotes: Communism was overthrown by life, by thought, by dignity. Communism was overthrown by life, by thought, by dignity.
Vaclav Havel quotes: It lies in human nature that where you experience your first laughs, you also remember the age kindly. It lies in human nature that where you experience your first laughs, you also remember the age kindly.
Vaclav Havel quotes: Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out. Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.
Vaclav Havel quotes: To serve grand ideas with a major work is not bad, nor is it all there's to art. To serve grand ideas with a major work is not bad, nor is it all there's to art.
Vaclav Havel quotes: If the world is to change for the better it must start with a change in human consciousness, in the very humanness of modern man. If the world is to change for the better it must start with a change in human consciousness, in the very humanness of modern man.
Vaclav Havel quotes: English is the 'language of liberty' for nations emerging from years of cultural oppression. English is the 'language of liberty' for nations emerging from years of cultural oppression.
Vaclav Havel quotes: If a single writer in a country is in chains, then there are some links of that chain that binds us all. If a single writer in a country is in chains, then there are some links of that chain that binds us all.
Vaclav Havel quotes: Those that say that individuals are not capable of changing anything are only looking for excuses. Those that say that individuals are not capable of changing anything are only looking for excuses.
Vaclav Havel quotes: The only lost cause is one we give up on before we enter the struggle. The only lost cause is one we give up on before we enter the struggle.
Vaclav Havel quotes: The hope of the world lies in the rehabilitation of the living human being, not just the body but also the soul. The hope of the world lies in the rehabilitation of the living human being, not just the body but also the soul.
Vaclav Havel quotes: Follow the man who seeks the truth; run from the man who has found it. Follow the man who seeks the truth; run from the man who has found it.
Vaclav Havel quotes: In my opinion, theater shouldn't give advice to citizens. In my opinion, theater shouldn't give advice to citizens.
Vaclav Havel quotes: Courage means going against majority opinion in the name of the truth. Courage means going against majority opinion in the name of the truth.
Vaclav Havel quotes: You can't spend your whole life criticizing something and then, when you have the chance to do it better, refuse to go near it. You can't spend your whole life criticizing something and then, when you have the chance to do it better, refuse to go near it.
Vaclav Havel quotes: Whether all is really lost or not depends entirely on whether or not I am lost. Whether all is really lost or not depends entirely on whether or not I am lost.
Vaclav Havel quotes: There's always something suspect about an intellectual on the winning side. There's always something suspect about an intellectual on the winning side.
Vaclav Havel quotes: Drama assumes an order. If only so that it might have - by disrupting that order - a way of surprising. Drama assumes an order. If only so that it might have - by disrupting that order - a way of surprising.
Vaclav Havel quotes: I have said it so often: if the West does not stabilize the East, the East will destabilize the West. I have said it so often: if the West does not stabilize the East, the East will destabilize the West.
Vaclav Havel quotes: Sometimes I wonder if suicides aren't in fact sad guardians of the meaning of life. Sometimes I wonder if suicides aren't in fact sad guardians of the meaning of life.
Vaclav Havel quotes: I think it's important for one to take a certain distance from oneself. I think it's important for one to take a certain distance from oneself.
Vaclav Havel quotes: There is only one thing I will not concede: that it might be meaningless to strive in a good cause. There is only one thing I will not concede: that it might be meaningless to strive in a good cause.
Vaclav Havel quotes: We must not be afraid of dreaming the seemingly impossible if we want the seemingly impossible to become a reality. We must not be afraid of dreaming the seemingly impossible if we want the seemingly impossible to become a reality.
Vaclav Havel quotes: True enough, the country is calm. Calm as a morgue or a grave, would you not say? True enough, the country is calm. Calm as a morgue or a grave, would you not say?
Vaclav Havel quotes: The attempt to devote oneself to literature alone is a most deceptive thing, and often, paradoxically, it is literature that suffers for it. The attempt to devote oneself to literature alone is a most deceptive thing, and often, paradoxically, it is literature that suffers for it.
Vaclav Havel quotes: A genuinely fundamental and hopeful improvement in "systems" cannot happen without a significant shift in human consciousness. A genuinely fundamental and hopeful improvement in "systems" cannot happen without a significant shift in human consciousness.
Vaclav Havel quotes: All human suffering concerns each human being All human suffering concerns each human being
Vaclav Havel quotes: I have read somewhere that in a totalitarian system martyrdom does better than thought. I have read somewhere that in a totalitarian system martyrdom does better than thought.
Vaclav Havel quotes: Modern science kills God and takes his place on the vacant throne. Science is the sole legitimate arbiter of all relavent truth. Modern science kills God and takes his place on the vacant throne. Science is the sole legitimate arbiter of all relavent truth.
Vaclav Havel quotes: Anyone who takes himself too seriously always runs the risk of looking ridiculous; anyone who can consistently laugh at himself does not. Anyone who takes himself too seriously always runs the risk of looking ridiculous; anyone who can consistently laugh at himself does not.
Vaclav Havel quotes: I think theatre should always be somewhat suspect. I think theatre should always be somewhat suspect.
Vaclav Havel quotes: Vision is not enough, it must be combined with venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps, we must step up the stairs. Vision is not enough, it must be combined with venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps, we must step up the stairs.
Vaclav Havel quotes: What's certain is that a totalitarian enclave like Cuba's can't continue to exist, so change will definitely come there, eventually. What's certain is that a totalitarian enclave like Cuba's can't continue to exist, so change will definitely come there, eventually.
Vaclav Havel quotes: The salvation of the world lies in the human heart. The salvation of the world lies in the human heart.
Vaclav Havel quotes: Theater is there to search for questions. It doesn't give you instructions. Theater is there to search for questions. It doesn't give you instructions.
Vaclav Havel quotes: It's not hard to stand behind one's successes. But to accept responsibility for one's failures ... that is devishly hard! It's not hard to stand behind one's successes. But to accept responsibility for one's failures ... that is devishly hard!
Vaclav Havel quotes: The truth is not simply what you think it is; it is also the circumstances in which it is said, and to whom, why, and how it is said. The truth is not simply what you think it is; it is also the circumstances in which it is said, and to whom, why, and how it is said.
Vaclav Havel quotes: Evil must be confronted in its womb and, if it can't be done otherwise, then it has to be dealt with by the use of force. Evil must be confronted in its womb and, if it can't be done otherwise, then it has to be dealt with by the use of force.
Vaclav Havel quotes: When a truth is not given complete freedom, freedom is not complete. When a truth is not given complete freedom, freedom is not complete.
Vaclav Havel quotes: The tragedy of modern man is not that he knows less and less about the meaning of his own life, but that it bothers him less and less. The tragedy of modern man is not that he knows less and less about the meaning of his own life, but that it bothers him less and less.
Vaclav Havel quotes: There can be no doubt that distrust of words is less harmful than unwarranted trust in them. There can be no doubt that distrust of words is less harmful than unwarranted trust in them.
Vaclav Havel quotes: I cannot imagine that I could strive for something if I did not carry hope in me. I cannot imagine that I could strive for something if I did not carry hope in me.
Vaclav Havel quotes: Nothing is more powerful than individuals acting out of their own conscience. Nothing is more powerful than individuals acting out of their own conscience.
Vaclav Havel quotes: The real test of a man is not when he plays the role that he wants for himself but when he plays the role destiny has for him. The real test of a man is not when he plays the role that he wants for himself but when he plays the role destiny has for him.
Vaclav Havel quotes: Hope is the deep orientation of the human soul that can be held at the darkest times. Hope is the deep orientation of the human soul that can be held at the darkest times.
Vaclav Havel quotes: Hope is not a feeling of certainty that everything ends well. Hope is just a feeling that life and work have a meaning. Hope is not a feeling of certainty that everything ends well. Hope is just a feeling that life and work have a meaning.
Vaclav Havel quotes: We live in the postmodern world, where everything is possible and almost nothing is certain. We live in the postmodern world, where everything is possible and almost nothing is certain.
Vaclav Havel quotes: People, your Government has returned to you! People, your Government has returned to you!
Vaclav Havel quotes: But if I were to say who influenced me most, then I'd say Franz Kafka. And his works were always anchored in the Central European region. But if I were to say who influenced me most, then I'd say Franz Kafka. And his works were always anchored in the Central European region.
Vaclav Havel quotes: Truth lies not only in what is said, but also in who says it, to whom, why, how and under what circumstances. Truth lies not only in what is said, but also in who says it, to whom, why, how and under what circumstances.
Vaclav Havel quotes: The deeper the experience of an absence of meaning - in other words, of absurdity - the more energetically meaning is sought. The deeper the experience of an absence of meaning - in other words, of absurdity - the more energetically meaning is sought.