Quoteland.com Home Topics Resources Groups
Education FAQs Site Info Contact Us About the Authors
QUOTATIONS by AUTHOR
Bookmark and Share
BooksBooks by and about Milan Kundera
Engrave a QuoteClick this icon to engrave the quote on mugs, bookmarks, t-shirts and much more

Rows: 1 - 25 of 36

1 2 | Next 25 >>

Page: 1 of 2

Anger
Engrave this Quote A wave of anger washed over me, anger against myself, at my age at the time, that stupid lyrically age, when a man is too great a riddle to himself to be interested in the riddles outside himself and when other people are mere walking mirrors in which he is amazed to find his own emotions, his own worth.
Engrave this quote in Our Store! | Rate this Quote! | Tell a Friend

-Milan Kundera
Animals
Engrave this Quote 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.
Engrave this quote in Our Store! | Rate this Quote! | Tell a Friend

-Milan Kundera
Authors & Writing
Engrave this Quote A novel that does not uncover a hitherto unknown segment of existence is immoral. Knowledge is the novel's only morality.
Engrave this quote in Our Store! | Rate this Quote! | Tell a Friend

-Milan Kundera
Engrave this Quote All great novels, all true novels, are bisexual.
Engrave this quote in Our Store! | Rate this Quote! | Tell a Friend

-Milan Kundera
Books
Engrave this Quote 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.
Engrave this quote in Our Store! | Rate this Quote! | Tell a Friend

-Milan Kundera
Engrave this Quote For a novelist, a given historic situation is an anthropologic laboratory in which he explores his basic question: What is human existence?
Engrave this quote in Our Store! | Rate this Quote! | Tell a Friend

-Milan Kundera
Engrave this Quote The present era grabs everything that was ever written in order to transform it into films, TV programs; or cartoons. What is essential in a novel is precisely what can only be expressed in a novel, and so every adaptation contains nothing but the non-essential. If a person is still crazy enough to write novels nowadays and wants to protect them, he has to write them in such a way that they cannot be adapted, in other words, in such a way that they cannot be retold.
Engrave this quote in Our Store! | Rate this Quote! | Tell a Friend

-Milan Kundera
Change
Engrave this Quote 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).
Engrave this quote in Our Store! | Rate this Quote! | Tell a Friend

-Milan Kundera
Criticism
Engrave this Quote Without the meditative background that is criticism, works become isolated gestures, historical accidents, soon forgotten.
Engrave this quote in Our Store! | Rate this Quote! | Tell a Friend

-Milan Kundera
Engrave this Quote Let us consider the critic, therefore, as a discoverer of discoveries.
Engrave this quote in Our Store! | Rate this Quote! | Tell a Friend

-Milan Kundera
Culture
Engrave this Quote High culture is nothing but a child of that European perversion called history, the obsession we have with going forward, with considering the sequence of generations a relay race in which everyone surpasses his predecessor, only to be surpassed by his successor. Without this relay race called history there would be no European art and what characterizes it: a longing for originality, a longing for change. Robespierre, Napoleon, Beethoven, Stalin, Picasso, they're all runners in the relay race, they all belong to the same stadium.
Engrave this quote in Our Store! | Rate this Quote! | Tell a Friend

-Milan Kundera
Face, Faces
Engrave this Quote 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.
Engrave this quote in Our Store! | Rate this Quote! | Tell a Friend

-Milan Kundera
Future, The
Engrave this Quote People are always shouting they want to create a better future. It's not true. The future is an apathetic void of no interest to anyone. The past is full of life, eager to irritate us, provoke and insult us, tempt us to destroy or repaint it. The only reason people want to be masters of the future is to change the past.
Engrave this quote in Our Store! | Rate this Quote! | Tell a Friend

-Milan Kundera
Goodness
Engrave this Quote True human goodness, in all its purity and freedom, can come to the fore only when its recipient has no power.
Engrave this quote in Our Store! | Rate this Quote! | Tell a Friend

-Milan Kundera
Happiness
Engrave this Quote Happiness is the longing for repetition.
Engrave this quote in Our Store! | Rate this Quote! | Tell a Friend

-Milan Kundera
Humanity
Engrave this Quote Nothing is more repugnant to me than brotherly feelings grounded in the common baseness people see in one another.
Engrave this quote in Our Store! | Rate this Quote! | Tell a Friend

-Milan Kundera
Identity
Engrave this Quote 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.
Engrave this quote in Our Store! | Rate this Quote! | Tell a Friend

-Milan Kundera
Image
Engrave this Quote The reign of imagagology begins where history ends.
Engrave this quote in Our Store! | Rate this Quote! | Tell a Friend

-Milan Kundera
Individuality
Engrave this Quote A gesture cannot be regarded as the expression of an individual, as his creation (because no individual is capable of creating a fully original gesture, belonging to nobody else), nor can it even be regarded as that person's instrument; on the contrary, it is gestures that use us as their instruments, as their bearers and incarnations.
Engrave this quote in Our Store! | Rate this Quote! | Tell a Friend

-Milan Kundera
Intelligence
Engrave this Quote I think, therefore I am is the statement of an intellectual who underrates toothaches.
Engrave this quote in Our Store! | Rate this Quote! | Tell a Friend

-Milan Kundera
Kindness
Engrave this Quote There is nothing heavier than compassion. Not even one's own pain weighs so heavy as the pain one feels with someone, for someone, a pain intensified by the imagination and prolonged by a hundred echoes.
Engrave this quote in Our Store! | Rate this Quote! | Tell a Friend

-Milan Kundera
Laughter
Engrave this Quote The sound of laughter is like the vaulted dome of a temple of happiness.
Engrave this quote in Our Store! | Rate this Quote! | Tell a Friend

-Milan Kundera
Life
Engrave this Quote We live everything as it comes, without warning, like an actor going on cold. And what can life be worth if the first rehearsal for life is life itself? That is why life is always a sketch. No sketch is not quite the right word, because a sketch is an outline of something, the groundwork for a picture, whereas the sketch that is our life is a sketch of nothing, an outline with no picture.
Engrave this quote in Our Store! | Rate this Quote! | Tell a Friend

-Milan Kundera
Memory
Engrave this Quote The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.
Engrave this quote in Our Store! | Rate this Quote! | Tell a Friend

-Milan Kundera
Mystics, Mysticism
Engrave this Quote 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.
Engrave this quote in Our Store! | Rate this Quote! | Tell a Friend

-Milan Kundera

Rows: 1 - 25 of 36

1 2 | Next 25 >>

Page: 1 of 2

 


Copyright © 1997-2001 Quoteland.com, Inc., all rights reserved unless otherwise noted.  

 
Quoteland would like to thank Quotations Book for its extensive contribution to our database
Follow Quoteland on twitter: