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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.
    — Milan Kundera
    tags: fear  humility  mysticism 
     
    Business has only two functions - marketing and innovation.
    — Milan Kundera
    For a novelist, a given historic situation is an anthropologic laboratory in which he explores his basic question: What is human existence?
    — Milan Kundera
    tags: human  historic 
     
    Every change of scene requires new expositions, descriptions, explanations.
    — Milan Kundera
    In order to make the novel into a polyhistorical illumination of existence, you need to master the technique of ellipsis, the art of condensation. Otherwise, you fall into the trap of endless length.
    — Milan Kundera
    tags: master  existence  novel 
     
    There are no small parts. Only small actors.
    — Milan Kundera
    I am incapable of speaking of myself and of my life and the states of my soul, I am discreet to an almost pathological degree, and there is nothing I can do against that.
    — Milan Kundera
    tags: soul 
     
    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.
    — Milan Kundera
    Broch is an inspiration to us, not only because of what he accomplished, but also because of all that he aimed at and could not attain.
    — Milan Kundera
    loves are like empires: when the idea they are founded on crumbles, they, too, fade away.
    — Milan Kundera
    tags: ideas 
     
    Just imagine living in a world without mirrors. You'd dream about your face and imagine it as an outer reflection of what is inside you. And then, when you reached forty, someone put a mirror before you for the first time in your life. Imagine your fright! You'd see the face of a stranger. And you'd know quite clearly what you are unable to grasp: your face is not you.
    — Milan Kundera
    Optimism is the opium of the people.
    — Milan Kundera
    tags: people 
     
    Love is a desire for that lost half of ourselves.
    — Milan Kundera
    tags: desires  lost 
     
    The worst thing is not that the world is unfree, but that people have unlearned their liberty.
    — Milan Kundera
    tags: people  world  liberty 
     
    To laugh is to live profoundly.
    — Milan Kundera
    tags: live 
     
    I feel a frantic desire to free myself. To start all over again and in another way.
    — Milan Kundera
    tags: desires 
     
    We can never know what to want, because, living only one life, we can neither compare it with our previous lives nor perfect it in our lives to come.
    — Milan Kundera
    tags: living  live 
     
    God has been kind to dogs in no putting a sense of beauty into their heads.
    — Milan Kundera
    tags: beauty  dog  god 
     
    Living, there is no happiness in that. Living: carrying one's painful self through the world. But being, being is happiness. Being: Becoming a fountain, a fountain on which the universe falls like warm rain.
    — Milan Kundera
    Dreaming is not merely an act of communication; it is also an aesthetic activity, a game of the imagination, a game that is a value in itself.
    — Milan Kundera
    I understand you, and I shall not attempt to make you change your mind. I am too old to want to improve the world. I have told you what I think, and that is all. I shall remain your friend even if you act contrary to my convictions, and I shall help you even if I disagree with you.
    — Milan Kundera
    tags: world  friends  help  mind 
     
    The purpose of the poetry is not to dazzle us with an astonishing thought, but to make one moment of existence unforgettable and worthy of unbearable nostalgia.
    — Milan Kundera
    There is a certain part of all of us that lives outside of time. Perhaps we become aware of our age only at exceptional moments and most of the time we are ageless.
    — Milan Kundera
    tags: time  live  age  moment 
     
    The stupidity of people comes from having an answer for everything. The wisdom of the novel comes from having a question for everything.
    — Milan Kundera
    The combination of a frivolous form and a serious subject immediately unmasks the truth about our dramas.
    — Milan Kundera
    tags: truth 
     
    We don't know when our name came into being or how some distant ancestor acquired it. We don't understand our name at all, we don't know its history and yet we bear it with exalted fidelity, we merge with it, we like it, we are ridiculously proud of it as if we had thought it up ourselves in a moment of brilliant inspiration.
    — Milan Kundera
    tags: thoughts  moment 
     
    When I was a little boy in short pants, I dreamed about a miraculous ointment that would make me invisible. Then I became an adult, began to write, and wanted to be successful. Now I'm successful and would like to have the ointment that would make me invisible.
    — Milan Kundera
    tags: adult  successful  boys  write 
     
    Perhaps all the questions we ask of love, to measure, test, probe, and save it, have the additional effect of cutting it short.
    — Milan Kundera
    tags: questions 
     
    On the surface, an intelligible lie; underneath, the unintelligible truth.
    — Milan Kundera
    tags: truth 
     
    Memory does not make films, it makes photographs.
    — Milan Kundera
    tags: memory  film 
     
    It does take great maturity to understand that the opinion we are arguing for is merely the hypothesis we favor, necessarily imperfect, probably transitory, which only very limited minds can declare to be a certainty or a truth.
    — Milan Kundera
    tags: truth  maturity  opinion  mind 
     
    It takes so little, so infinitely little, for a person to cross the border beyond which everything loses meaning: love, convictions, faith, history. Human life - and herein lies its secret - takes place in the immediate proximity of that border, even in direct contact with it; it is not miles away, but a fraction of an inch.
    — Milan Kundera
    tags: secret  people  lies  human  faith 
     
    The emotion of love gives all of us a misleading illusion of knowing the other.
    — Milan Kundera
    Nothing requires a greater effort of thought than arguments to justify the rule of non-thought.
    — Milan Kundera
    tags: thoughts  rules 
     
    No episode is a priori condemned to remain an episode forever, for every event, no matter how trivial, conceals within itself the possibility of sooner or later becoming the cause of other events and thus changing into a story or an adventure. Episodes are like land mines. The majority of them never explode, but the most unremarkable of them may someday turn into a story that will prove fateful to you.
    — Milan Kundera
    We live everything as it comes, without warning, like an actor going on cold.
    — Milan Kundera
    tags: live 
     
    A person who longs to leave the place where he lives is an unhappy person.
    — Milan Kundera
    tags: people  live 
     
    The goals we pursue are always veiled. A girl who longs for marriage longs for something she knows nothing about. The boy who hankers after fame has no idea what fame is. The thing that gives our every move its meaning is always totally unknown to us.
    — Milan Kundera
    tags: meaning  girls  fame  boys  goal  ideas  marriage 
     
    The sound of laughter is like the vaulted dome of a temple of happiness.
    — Milan Kundera
    The longing for Paradise is man's longing not to be man.
    — Milan Kundera
    tags: men  longing 
     
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    milan kundera
    Birth    : April 1, 1929
    Occupation  : Writer