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Only animals were not expelled from Paradise.

MILAN KUNDERA, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Optimism is the opium of the people.


Those who consider the Devil to be a partisan of Evil and angels to be warriors for Good accept the demagogy of the angels. Things are clearly more complicated.

MILAN KUNDERA, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

To ensure that the self doesn't shrink, to see that it holds on to its volume, memories have to be watered like potted flowers, and the watering calls for regular contact with the witnesses of the past, that is to say, with friends.


Immortality no longer interests the weary old man at all.

MILAN KUNDERA, Immortality

Nudity is the uniform of the other side ... nudity is a shroud.

MILAN KUNDERA, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

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, Immortality

Physical love is unthinkable without violence.

MILAN KUNDERA, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

And therein lies the whole of man's plight. Human time does not turn in a circle; it runs ahead in a straight line. That is why man cannot be happy: happiness is the longing for repetition.

MILAN KUNDERA, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Indeed, the only truly serious questions are ones that even a child can formulate. Only the most naive of questions are truly serious. They are the questions with no answers. A question with no answer is a barrier that cannot be breached. In other words, it is questions with no answers that set the limit of human possibilities, describe the boundaries of human existence.

MILAN KUNDERA, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

When a private talk over a bottle of wine is broadcast on the radio, what can it mean but that the world is turning into a concentration camp?

MILAN KUNDERA, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

We pass through the present with our eyes blindfolded. We are permitted merely to sense and guess at what we are actually experiencing. Only later when the cloth is untied can we glance at the past and find out what we have experienced and what meaning it has.

MILAN KUNDERA, Laughable Loves

War and culture, those are the two poles of Europe, her heaven and hell, her glory and shame, and they cannot be separated from one another. When one comes to an end, the other will end also and one cannot end without the other. The fact that no war has broken out in Europe for fifty years is connected in some mysterious way with the fact that for fifty years no new Picasso has appeared either.

MILAN KUNDERA, Immortality


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