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No matter how much we scorn it, kitsch is an integral
by Milan Kundera

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

How goodness heightens beauty!
- Milan Kundera

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happiness is the longing for repetition.
- 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

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

I find myself fascinating.
- 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

Optimism is the opium of the people.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

Business has only two functions - marketing and innovation.
- 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

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

Say NO to the demands of the world.
Say YES to the longings of your own heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Time, like life itself, has no inherent meaning.
We give our own meaning to time as to life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If we have no peace,
it is because we have forgotten
that we belong to each other.
- Mother Teresa

There are no facts, only interpretations.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences.
No one can eliminate prejudices -
just recognize them.
- Edward R. Murrow

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

He who can no longer pause to wonder
and stand rapt in awe,
is as good as dead;
his eyes are closed.
- Albert Einstein

See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil.
- Japanese pictorial maxim (the Three Wise Monkeys)

I leave no trace of wings in the air,
but I am glad I have had my flight.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Clouds come floating into my life,
no longer to carry rain or usher storm,
but to add color to my sunset sky.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Listen hard.
Practice wellness.
Play with abandon.
Laugh.
Choose with no regret.
Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The River of Life has no meaning,
no good, no bad, no better, no worse,
no love, no hate, no fear, no anger, no joy.
The River of Life has no judgment, no expectation.
The River of Life just IS.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I say NO to the demands of the world.
I say YES to the longings of my own heart.
There is nothing I ever need to have.
There is nothing I ever need to do.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do or do not, there is no try.
- Jedi Master Yoda in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Without change, there would be no butterflies.
- Anonymous

Do not let Sunday be taken from you.
If your soul has no Sunday, it becomes an orphan.
- Albert Schweitzer

Where there is no accusation of "fault,"
there can be no anger.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need
but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?
- 1 John 3:17

Do not blame the thistle that you see no beauty.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is NOT "Supposed to be Fair."
Know that there is no single way that life is "supposed" to be.
Demanding that life meet our expectations
is a sure fire recipe for a miserable existence.
Life is a game with no rules.
Life just happens to us regardless of our best intentions.
Our only path to happiness lies in being open
to receiving whatever life throws at us -
with Gratitude. Have NO Expectations of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Where there is shouting, there is no true knowledge.
- Leonardo da Vinci

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

Through humor, you can soften some
of the worst blows that life delivers.
And once you find laughter,
no matter how painful your situation might be,
you can survive it.
- Bill Cosby

There are no small acts of kindness.
Every compassionate act makes large the world.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

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

No one was ever named "Hero" for following the crowd.
Heroes set their own course.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.
If we did not sometimes taste of adversity,
prosperity would not be so welcome.
- Anne Bradstreet

There is no passion to be found playing small -
in settling for a life that is less
than the one you are capable of living.
- Nelson Mandela

It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.
- Helen Keller

Remember, no matter where you go, there you are.
- Confucius

Travelers, there is no path.
Paths are made by walking.
- Antonio Machado

When people get caught up with that which is right
and they are willing to sacrifice for it,
there is no stopping point short of victory.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
A terrible thing: no one to blame.
- Erica Jong

Do not follow where the path may lead.
Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Choose with no regret.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

No good comes from hurrying.
- Yiddish Proverb


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