Milan Kundera

A Quote by Milan Kundera on ambition, laziness, and lazy

Ambition is a poor excuse for not having sense enough to be lazy.

Milan Kundera

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A Quote by Milan Kundera on art and beauty

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Art is the human disposition of sensible or intelligible matter for an esthetic end.

Milan Kundera

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A Quote by Milan Kundera on eroticism and dance

Eroticism is like a dance: one always leads the other.

Milan Kundera

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A Quote by Milan Kundera on novel, writing, existence, knowledge, and morality

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

Milan Kundera

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A Quote by Milan Kundera on happiness

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

Source: The Unbearable Lightness of Being: A Novel (Perennial Classics), Pages: 298

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A Quote by Milan Kundera on chance and coincidence

Without realizing it, the individual composes his life according to the laws of beauty even in times of greatest distress.  It is wrong then, to chide the novel for being fascinated by mysterious coincidences, but it is right to chide man for being blind to such coincidences in his daily life.  For he thereby deprives his life of a dimension of beauty.

Milan Kundera

Source: The Unbearable Lightness of Being: A Novel (Perennial Classics), Pages: 52

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A Quote by Milan Kundera on love

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Perhaps the reason we are unable to love is that we yearn to be loved, that is, we demand something (love) from our partner instead of delivering ourselves up to him demand-free and asking for nothing but his company.

Milan Kundera

Source: The Unbearable Lightness of Being: A Novel (Perennial Classics), Pages: 297

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A Quote by Milan Kundera on chance and fate

But is not an event in fact more significant and noteworthy the greater the number of fortuities necessary to bring it about?  [...] Everything that occurs out of necessity, everything expected, repeated day in and day out, is mute.  Only chance can speak to us

Milan Kundera

Source: The Unbearable Lightness of Being: A Novel (Perennial Classics), Pages: 48

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A Quote by Milan Kundera on nostalgia

In the sunset of dissolution, everything is illuminated by an aura of nostalgia, even the guillotine.

Milan Kundera

Source: The Unbearable Lightness of Being

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A Quote by Milan Kundera on writing, fiction, novel, creative writing, creatiivity, imagination, self-awareness, quantum, courage, exploration, and discovery

The characters in my novels are my own unrealized possibilities. That is why I am equally fond of them all and equally horrified by them. Each one has crossed a border that I myself have circumvented. It is that crossed border (the border beyond which my own "I" ends) which attracts me most. For beyond that border begins the secret the novel asks about. This novel is not the author's confession; it is an investigation of human life in the trap the world has become.

Milan Kundera

Source: The Unbearable Lightness of Being

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