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Listening to a news broadcast is like smoking a cigarette
by Milan Kundera

Listening to a news broadcast is like smoking a cigarette
and crushing the butt in the ashtray.
- Milan Kundera

How goodness heightens beauty!
- Milan Kundera

No great movement designed to change the world can
bear to be laughed at or belittled.
Mockery is a rust that corrodes all it touches.
- Milan Kundera

No matter how much we scorn it, kitsch is an integral
part of the human condition.
- Milan Kundera

 

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

Hate traps us by binding us too tightly to our adversary.
- Milan Kundera

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

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I think I am a much better actor than I have allowed myself to be.
- Milan Kundera

True human goodness, in all its purity and freedom,
can come to the fore only when its recipient has no power.
- Milan Kundera

Nudity is the uniform of the other side...
nudity is a shroud.
- Milan Kundera

All great novels, all true novels, are bisexual.
- Milan Kundera

A worker may be the hammer's master,
but the hammer still prevails.
A tool knows exactly how it is meant to be handled,
while the user of the tool can only have an approximate idea.
- 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

I find myself fascinating.
- Milan Kundera

Business has only two functions - marketing and innovation.
- Milan Kundera

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 struggle of man against power is the struggle of
memory against forgetting.
- Milan Kundera

The sound of laughter is like the vaulted dome of a temple of happiness.
- Milan Kundera

He took over anger to intimidate subordinates,
and in time anger took over him.
- Milan Kundera

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

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

The best actors do not let the wheels show.
- Milan Kundera

Let us consider the critic, therefore,
as a discoverer of discoveries.
- Milan Kundera

People are going deaf because music is played louder and louder,
but because they're going deaf, it has to be played louder still.
- Milan Kundera

Without realizing it, the individual composes his life
according to the laws of beauty even in times of greatest distress.
- Milan Kundera

Optimism is the opium of the people.
- Milan Kundera

Nothing is more repugnant to me than brotherly feelings
grounded in the common baseness people see in one another.
- Milan Kundera

Nothing requires a greater effort of thought than arguments
to justify the rule of non-thought.
- Milan Kundera

Metaphors are dangerous.
Love begins with a metaphor.
Which is to say, love begins at the point when a woman
enters her first word into our poetic memory.
- Milan Kundera

Without the meditative background that is criticism,
works become isolated gestures, historical accidents,
soon forgotten.
- Milan Kundera

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

Happiness is the longing for repetition.
- Milan Kundera

There is nothing heavier than compassion.
Not even one's own pain weighs so heavy as the pain one feels for someone,
for someone, pain intensified by the imagination and
prolonged by a hundred echos.
- Milan Kundera

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.
- Milan Kundera

Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing,
of just going along,
listening to all the things you can't hear,
and not bothering.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Trees are the earth's endless effort
to speak to the listening heaven.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Sing like no one's listening,
love like you've never been hurt,
dance like nobody's watching,
and live like its heaven on earth.
- Mark Twain

Spend time every day listening to what your muse is trying to tell you.
- Saint Bartholomew

Dance like no one is watching,
love like you'll never be hurt.
Sing like no one is listening.
Live life like it's heaven on earth.
- Anonymous (various attributions and alternate phrasings)

When one has the feeling of dislike for evil,
when one feels tranquil,
one finds pleasure in listening to good teachings;
when one has these feelings and appreciates them,
one is free of fear.
- The Buddha

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch,
a smile, a kind word, a listening ear,
an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring,
all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
- Leo Buscaglia

If the person you are talking to doesn't appear to be listening, be patient.
It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Conversations with God are very different
from the usual nature of prayer.
Prayers are commonly only in one direction -
the one praying speaks and hopes God is listening.
Prayers also tend to focus on asking
for specific things or outcomes one wants,
rather than seeking to better understand the mind of God.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening
when you'd have preferred to talk.
- Doug Larson

Of all human activities, man's listening to God is
the supreme act of his reasoning and will.
- Pope Paul VI

Weather means more when you have a garden.
There's nothing like listening to a shower and thinking
how it is soaking in around your green beans.
- Marcelene Cox

I was growing up listening to Queen.
Freddie Mercury threw those incredible melodies into his songs.
- Gary Cherone

Hubert Humphrey talks so fast that listening to him
is like trying to read Playboy magazine with your wife turning the pages.
- Barry Goldwater

Yeah I called her up. She gave me a bunch of ...
about me not listening to her, or something.
I don't know, I wasn't really paying attention.
- the movie Dumb & Dumber (1994)

Just remaining quietly in the presence of God,
listening to Him, being attentive to Him,
requires a lot of courage and know-how.
- Thomas Merton

I started listening to music when I wrote when I had three sons at home.
- Philip Levine

I had to be at least 8 or 9; I was listening to everything on the radio.
You name it, I heard every song.
- Tom Araya

It's a major part of world history that men are trying to kill each other.
It's just one slaughter after the other.
We talk about it, but no one's really listening.
- Fred Ward

The big secret in acting is listening to people.
- Eli Wallach

John Coltrane - I've been listening to the 'Trane again.
It blows you away, because I know more now and I hear
more now and I had a life that I've lived!
- Alan Vega

I started off playing the clarinet, after I was inspired
by listening to my dad's Benny Goodman records.
- Alvin Lee

I'd say that what we hear is the quality of our listening.
- Robert Fripp

Reading music is like listening to flowers.
I don't understand the concept.
- Paul Westerberg

I actually spend very little time listening to any new music.
- Gary Lucas

When you talk to yourself, at least you know that someone is listening.
- Craig Bruce

Indeed - judicious, consistent parenting is a dream of mine.
No judgements, learning space and listening carefully are my goals.
- Emma Thompson

A healthy state encourages many voices -
and lots of listening.
- Kathleen Sebelius

I grew up listening to a lot of soul music,
and a lot of folk music.
- Katey Sagal

If you think you might have secret information listening to me,
you're lost.
- Morton Feldman

Everything in writing begins with language.
Language begins with listening.
- Jeanette Winterson

From a very early period of my life I have derived
the highest enjoyment from listening to music,
especially to melody, which is to me the most pleasing form of composition.
- James Nasmyth

Whatever had been on the radio in the '60s;
I mean we were always listening to the radio.
- Tom Araya

If you make listening and observation your occupation
you will gain much more than you can by talk.
- Robert Baden-Powell

I wanted to make somebody feel like Coltrane made me feel,
listening to it.
- Wynton Marsalis

I never took sheet music seriously.
I could do better myself just by listening to other
people and using my own intuition.
- Brian May

I really like listening to music in my car.
- Aaron Neville


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