47 Famous Milan Kundera Quotes

47 Famous Milan Kundera Quotes

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Milan Kundera is a writer from the Czech Republic. He was exiled from Czech in 1975 and began his new life in France. His most known works of literature are The Joke, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, and The Book of Laughter and Forgetting. He is still alive and writing at 85 years old.

“A novel that does not uncover a hitherto unknown segment of existence is immoral. Knowledge is the novel’s only morality.”

“A person who longs to leave the place where he lives is an unhappy person.”

“Any new possibility that existence acquires, even the least likely, transforms everything about existence.”

“As you live out your desolation, you can be either unhappy or happy. Having that choice is what constitutes your freedom.”

“At the end of true love is death, and only the love that ends in death is love.”

“Business has only two functions – marketing and innovation.”

“But is not an event in fact more significant and noteworthy the greater the number of fortuities necessary to bring it about?”

“But when the strong were too weak to hurt the weak, the weak had to be strong enough to leave.”

“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not
boring – it was peace.”

fervid readiness to judge is the most detestable stupidity, the most pernicious evil.”

“For there is nothing heavier than compassion. Not even one’s own pain weighs so heavy as the pain one feels with someone, for someone, a pain intensified by the imagination and prolonged by
a hundred echoes.”

“God has been kind to dogs in no putting a sense of beauty into their heads.”

“I feel a frantic desire to free myself. To start all over again and in another way.”

“In the love poetry of every age, the woman longs to be weighed down by the man’s body.”

“In the realm of totalitarian kitsch, all answers are given in advance and preclude any questions.”

“It is always that way: between the moment he meets her again and the moment he recognizes her for the woman he loves, he has some distance to go.”

“It was the call of all those fortuities… which gave her the courage to leave home and change her fate.”

“Love is a desire for that lost half of ourselves.”

“Love is our freedom.”

“Merely by being born intelligent, you right away find yourself in absolute exile.”

“Necessity, weight, and value are three concepts inextricably bound: only necessity is heavy, and only what is heavy has value.”

“No act is of itself either good or bad. Only its place in the order of things makes it good or bad.”

“No love can survive muteness.”

“No, vertigo is something other than the fear of falling. It is the voice of emptiness below us which tempts and lures us, it is the desire to fall, against which, terrified, we defend

“Nothing is more repugnant to me than brotherly feelings grounded in the common baseness people see in one another.”

“Nothing requires a greater effort of thought than arguments to justify the rule of non-thought.”

“People are always shouting they want to create a better future. It’s not true.”

“People are going deaf because music is played louder and louder, but because they’re going deaf, it has to be played louder still.”

“Physical love is unthinkable without violence.”

“Sad company is bad company.”

“Since the insignificance of all things is our lot, we should not bear it as an affliction but learn to enjoy it.”

“Solitude: sweet absence of faces.”

“Suspending moral judgment is not the immorality of the novel; it is its morality.”

“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.”

“The brain appears to possess a special area which we might call poetic memory and which records everything that charms or touches us, that makes our lives beautiful.”

“The eye… the point where a person’s identity is concentrated.”

“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.”

“There are no small parts. Only small actors.”

“They are fighting for access to the laboratories where photographs are retouched and biographies and histories rewritten.”

“Today we’re all alike, all of us bound together by our shared apathy toward work. That very apathy has become a passion. The one great collective passion of our time.”

“Tomas did not realize at the time that metaphors are dangerous. Metaphors are not to be trifled with. A single metaphor can give birth to love.”

“What I need most of all is certainty.”

“When the heart speaks, the mind finds it indecent to object. In the realm of kitsch, the dictatorship of the heart reigns supreme.”

“When we ignore the body, we are more easily victimized by it.”

“Without realizing it, the individual composes his life according to the laws of beauty even in times of greatest distress.”

“You can’t measure the mutual affection of two human beings by the number of words they exchange.”

“Young is the one that plunges in the future and never looks back.”