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Milan Kundera Quotes and Sayings

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How goodness heightens beauty!
- Milan Kundera

Related topics: Beauty

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Optimism is the opium of the people.
- Milan Kundera

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

I find myself fascinating.
- Milan Kundera

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happiness is the longing for repetition.
- 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

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

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

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

Treat those who are good with goodness,
and also treat those who are not good with goodness.
Thus goodness is attained.
Be honest to those who are honest,
and be also honest to those who are not honest.
Thus honesty is attained.
- Lao Tzu

You may call God love, you may call God goodness.
But the best name for God is compassion.
- Meister Eckhart

Be open to the goodness of life -
even in the midst of apparent adversity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Innocence isn't ever lost completely;
we just need to maintain our goodness to regain it.
- Jewel

The higher the sun rises, the less shadow it casts;
even so, the greater is the goodness, the less it covets praise;
yet cannot avoid its rewards in honors.
- Lao Tzu

The roots of all goodness lie
in the soil of appreciation for goodness.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

It is amazing how complete is the delusion
that beauty is goodness.
- Leo Tolstoy

Wisdom has its root in goodness,
not goodness its root in wisdom.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Being part of the natural world reminds me
that innocence isn't ever lost completely;
we just need to maintain our goodness to regain it.
- Jewel

Goodness is the only investment that never fails.
- Henry David Thoreau

Believe in the goodness of life.
Believe in the power of time to heal and to renew.
Believe in the power of forgiveness and gratitude.
Believe in the gift of rainbows and butterflies.
Believe in the laughter of children.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The great gift of Easter is hope -
Christian hope which makes us have that confidence in God,
in his ultimate triumph, and in his goodness and love,
which nothing can shake.
- Basil C. Hume

True religion is real living;
living with all one's soul,
with all one's goodness and righteousness.
- Albert Einstein

We require from buildings two kinds of goodness:
first,
the doing their practical duty well:
then that they be graceful and pleasing in doing it.
- John Ruskin

Truth is handsomer than the affectation of love.
Your goodness must have some edge to it, else it is none.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Goodness is beauty in the best estate.
- Christopher Marlowe

Mere goodness can achieve little against the power of nature.
- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

We return thanks to our mother,
the earth, which sustains us.
We return thanks to the rivers and streams
which supply us with water.
We return thanks to all herbs, which furnish medicines
for the cure of our diseases.
We return thanks to the corn, and to her sisters,
the beans and squashes, which give us life.
We return thanks to the bushes and trees,
which provide us with fruit.
We return thanks to the wind,
which, moving the air, has banished diseases.
We return thanks to the moon and the stars,
which have given us their light when the sun was gone.
We return thanks to our grandfather He-no,
that he has protected his grandchildren from witches and reptiles,
and has given us his rain.
We return thanks to the sun,
that he has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye.
Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit,
in whom is embodied all goodness,
and who directs all things for the good of his children.
- Iroquois traditional

There is no odor so bad as that
which arises from goodness tainted.
- Henry David Thoreau

It would be nice to feel that we are a better world,
a world of more compassion and a world of more humanity,
and to believe in the basic goodness of man.
- Barbara Walters

Children show me in their playful smiles the divine in everyone.
This simple goodness shines straight from their hearts
and only asks to be lived.
- Michael Jackson

A bad act done will fester and create in its own way.
It's not only goodness that creates.
Bad things create.
They have their own yeast.
- Dennis Potter

Schultz is not a Nazi.
I see Schultz as the representative of some kind of
goodness in any generation.
- John Banner

How beautiful it is to excel, and the goodness of giving from your heart.
- Robert Mondavi

True, He is infinite Majesty, but He is also infinite
Goodness and infinite Love.
There can be no greater Lord than God;
neither can there be a more ardent lover than He.
- Alphonsus Liguori

Just as a mother finds pleasure in taking her little child on her lap,
there to feed and caress him, in like manner our loving
God shows His fondness for His beloved souls who have
given themselves entirely to Him and have placed all
their hope in His goodness.
- Alphonsus Liguori

Real education should consist of drawing the goodness
and the best out of our own students.
What better books can there be than the book of humanity?
- Cesar Chavez

For goodness sake, will they hear, will white people
hear what we are trying to say? Please,
all we are asking you to do is to recognize that we are humans,
too.
- Desmond Tutu

That which you create in beauty and goodness and truth
lives on for all time to come.
Don't spend your life accumulating material objects
that will only turn to dust and ashes.
- Denis Waitley

Men should not try to overstrain their goodness more than any other faculty,
bodily or mental.
- Samuel Butler

We are here to add to the sum of human goodness.
To prove the thing exists.
- Josephine Hart

One goes through school, college, medical school and
one's internship learning little or nothing about goodness
but a good deal about success.
- Ashley Montagu

For some years I deserted religion in favour of Marxism.
The republic of goodness seemed more attainable than the Kingdom of God.
- Lionel Blue

Goodness comes out of people who bask in the sun,
as it does out of a sweet apple roasted before the fire.
- Charles Dudley Warner

Secrecy is the element of all goodness;
even virtue,
even beauty is mysterious.
- Thomas Carlyle

To make one good action succeed another,
is the perfection of goodness.
- Ali ibn Abi Talib

Only a writer who has the sense of evil can make goodness readable.
- E. M. Forster


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