Quotes by Milan Kundera

Milan Kundera

Milan Kundera

Tsjech writer and criticus

Alive from: 1929-

Category: Media | Writers (Contemporary)

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    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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    Optimism is the opium of the people.
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    A novel that does not uncover a hitherto unknown segment of existence is immoral. Knowledge is the novel's only morality.
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    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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    All great novels, all true novels, are bisexual.
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    At the end of true love is death, and only the love that ends in death is love.
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    Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent.
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    Eroticism is like a dance: one always leads the other.
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    For a novelist, a given historic situation is an anthropologic laboratory in which he explores his basic question: What is human existence?
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    Happiness is the longing for repetition.
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    I feel a frantic desire to free myself. To start all over again and in another way.
    Source: Farewell Waltz (1976)
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    I think, therefore I am is the statement of an intellectual who underrates toothaches.
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    Immortality is a ridiculous illusion, an empty word, a butterfly net chasing the wind.
    Source: De grap (1967)
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    Let us consider the critic, therefore, as a discoverer of discoveries.
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    Listening to a news broadcast is like smoking a cigarette and crushing the butt in the ashtray.
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