Quotes by Milan Kundera

Milan Kundera

Milan Kundera

Tsjech writer and criticus

Alive from: 1929-

Category: Media | Writers (Contemporary)

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    Man reckons with immortality, and forgets to reckon with death.
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    Memory does not make films, it makes photographs.
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    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.
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    No act is of itself either good or bad. Only its place in the order of things makes it good or bad.
    Source: De grap (1967)
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    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.
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    Nothing is more repugnant to me than brotherly feelings grounded in the common baseness people see in one another.
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    Nudity is the uniform of the other side... nudity is a shroud.
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    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.
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    The greater the ambiguity, the greater the pleasure.
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    The Greek word for return is nostos. Algos means suffering. So nostalgia is the suffering caused by an unappeased yearning to return.
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    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.
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    The only relationship that can make both partners happy is one in which sentimentality has no place and neither partner makes any claim on the life and freedom of the other.
    Source: De ondraaglijke lichtheid van het bestaan (1984)
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    The reign of imagagology begins where history ends.
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    The serial number of a human specimen is the face, that accidental and unrepeatable combination of features. It reflects neither character nor soul, nor what we call the self. The face is only the serial number of a specimen.
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    The sound of laughter is like the vaulted dome of a temple of happiness.
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