Milan Kundera

A Quote by Milan Kundera on life and meaning

Einmal ist keinmal, says Tomas to himself.  What happens but once, says the German adage, might as well not have happened at all.  If we have only one life to live, we might as well not have lived at all.

Milan Kundera

Source: The Unbearable Lightness of Being: A Novel (Perennial Classics), Pages: 8

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A Quote by Milan Kundera on animals and animal rights

The very beginning of Genesis tells us that God created man in order to give him dominion over fish and fowl and all creatures.  Of course, Genesis was written by a man, not a horse.  There is no certainty that God actually did grant man dominion over other creatures.  What seems more likely, in fact, is that man invented God to sanctify the dominion that he had usurped for himself over the cow and the horse.  Yes, the right to kill a deer or a cow is the only thing all of mankind can agree upon, even during the bloodiest of wars.

Milan Kundera

Source: The Unbearable Lightness of Being: A Novel (Perennial Classics), Pages: 286

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A Quote by Milan Kundera on betrayal

Until that time, her betrayals had filled her with excitement and joy, because they opened up new paths to new adventures of betrayal.  But what if the paths came to an end?  One could betray one's parents, husband, country, love, but when parents, husband, country, and love were gone - what was left to betray?

Milan Kundera

Source: The Unbearable Lightness of Being: A Novel (Perennial Classics), Pages: 122

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A Quote by Milan Kundera

The heaviest of burdens is simultaneously an image of life's most intense fullfillment. The heavier the burden, the closer our lives come to the earth, the more real and truthful they become. Conversely, the absolute absence of a burden causes man to be lighter than air, to soar into new heights, take leave of the earth and his earthly being, and become only half real, his movements as free as they are insignificant. What then shall we choose? Weight or lightness?

Milan Kundera

Source: The Unbearable Lightness of Being

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A Quote by Milan Kundera on vegan, compassion, ecology, environment, spirituality, kindness, love, and god

Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

What is it that should trace the insuperable line? ...The question is not, Can they reason? nor Can they talk? but, Can they suffer?

Milan Kundera

Source: Milan Kundera

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A Quote by Milan Kundera on change, dreams, fashion, meaning, seasons, and understanding

The word change, so dear to our Europe, has been given a new meaning: it no longer means a new stage of coherent development (as it was understood by Vico, Hegel or Marx), but a shift from one side to another, from front to back, from the back to the left, from the left to the front (as understood by designers dreaming up the fashion for the next season).

Milan Kundera

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A Quote by Milan Kundera on ancestry, fidelity, history, inspiration, thought, and understanding

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

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