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Optimism is the opium of the people. ...
by Milan Kundera

Optimism is the opium of the people.
- Milan Kundera

How goodness heightens beauty!
- Milan Kundera

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

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

 

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

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

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

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For a novelist, a given historic situation is an anthropologic
laboratory in which he explores his basic question:
What is human existence?
- Milan Kundera

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

Happiness is the longing for repetition.
- Milan Kundera

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

The best actors do not let the wheels show.
- 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

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

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

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

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

I find myself fascinating.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pessimism never won any battle.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Gardening is all about optimism.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Gardening is all about optimism.
I put a seed in the ground.
I consistently tend it,
confident I will see the results, in time,
of the nurture I have provided.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

If you believe that a task will be difficult, it will be -
and you will have suffered with worry beforehand.
Approach life with joy and optimism.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.
Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
- Helen Keller

The first step towards the solution
of any problem is optimism.
- John Baines

Whatever happens, always look to tomorrow -
with courage and optimism.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If I am happy in spite of my deprivations,
if my happiness is so deep that it is a faith,
so thoughtful that it becomes a philosophy of life.
If, in short, I am an optimist,
my testimony to the creed of optimism is worth hearing.
- Helen Keller
...
Helen Keller (1880-1968) overcame being both deaf and blind
to become a famous author, lecturer, and activist
for women's suffrage, workers' rights, and ending war.

Although the world is full of suffering,
it is full also of the overcoming of it.
My optimism, then, does not rest on the absence of evil,
but on a glad belief in the preponderance of good
and a willing effort always to cooperate with the good,
that it may prevail.
- Helen Keller

The test of all beliefs is their practical effect in life.
If it be true that optimism compels the world forward,
and pessimism retards it, then it is dangerous to
propagate a pessimistic philosophy.
- Helen Keller

If you are over 30, get out your high-school yearbook
and look for ideas you can apply today -
perhaps an innocent optimism about life -
perhaps a hobby you loved.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.
- Colin Powell

Optimism is the harmony between man's spirit
and of God pronouncing His works good.
- Helen Keller

These are the soul's changes.
I don't believe in ageing.
I believe in forever altering one's aspect to the sun.
Hence my optimism.
- Virginia Woolf

There's probably a little greater case for pessimism than optimism.
But I do not rule out optimism.
- Jim Leach

Optimism with some experience behind it is much more
energizing than plain old experience with a certain degree of cynicism.
- Twyla Tharp

Emerson then incarnated the moral optimism,
the progress, and the energy of the American spirit.
- Howard Mumford Jones

World War II, the atomic bomb, the Cold War,
made it hard for Americans to continue their optimism.
- Stephen Ambrose

I don't think you lead by pessimism and cynicism.
I think you lead by optimism and enthusiasm and energy.
- Patricia Ireland

Pessimism, when you get used to it, is just as agreeable as optimism.
- Arnold Bennett

Always the eternal optimist, President Reagan instilled
confidence and optimism at a time both were in short supply in our country.
- Jim Ramstad

I find nothing more depressing than optimism.
- Paul Fussell

One of the things I learned the hard way was that it
doesn' t pay to get discouraged.
Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can
restore your faith in yourself.
- Lucille Ball

For me optimism is two lovers walking into the sunset arm in arm.
Or maybe into the sunrise - whatever appeals to you.
- Krzysztof Kieslowski

The optimism of a healthy mind is indefatigable.
- Margery Allingham

My view is that at a younger age your optimism is more
and you have more imagination etc.
You have less bias.
- Abdul Kalam

We must return optimism to our parenting.
To focus on the joys, not the hassles;
the love,
not the disappointments; the common sense,
not the complexities.
- Fred G. Gosman

Optimism doesn't wait on facts.
It deals with prospects.
Pessimism is a waste of time.
- Norman Cousins

Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push.
A smile.
A world of optimism and hope.
A "you can do it" when things are tough.
- Richard M. DeVos

Optimism - the doctrine or belief that everything is beautiful,
including what is ugly.
- Ambrose Bierce

If pessimism is despair, optimism is cowardice and stupidity.
Is there any need to choose between them?
- Francis Parker Yockey

Pessimism of the spirit; optimism of the will.
- Antonio Gramsci

There is no fun in psychiatry.
If you try to get fun out of it, you pay a considerable
price for your unjustifiable optimism.
- Harry Stack Sullivan

What we can borrow from Ronald Reagan...
is that great sense of optimism.
He led by building on the strengths of America,
not running America down.
- Rudy Giuliani

There are grounds for cautious optimism that we may
now be near the end ofthe search for the ultimate laws of nature.
- Stephen Hawking

Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.
- William James

Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also
the foundation of courage and true progress.
- Nicholas M. Butler


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