You can't measure the mutual affection of two human beings by the number of words they exchange.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-12 (visit:564) - Milan Kundera love
When the heart speaks, the mind finds it indecent to object.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-12 (visit:704) - Milan Kundera The Unbearable Lightness of Being heart mind
Anyone whose goal is 'something higher' must expect someday to suffer vertigo. What is vertigo? Fear of falling? No, Vertigo is something other than fear of falling. It is the voice of the emptiness below us which tempts and lures us, it is the desire to fall, against which, terrified, we defend ourselves.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-12 (visit:664) - Milan Kundera The Unbearable Lightness of Being success goals
Love is the longing for the half of ourselves we have lost.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-12 (visit:667) - Milan Kundera The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Making love with a woman and sleeping with a woman are two separate passions, not merely different but opposite. Love does not make itself felt in the desire for copulation (a desire that extends to an infinite number of women) but in the desire for shared sleep (a desire limited to one woman).Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-12 (visit:858) - Milan Kundera The Unbearable Lightness of Being love sleep
But when the strong were too weak to hurt the weak, the weak had to be strong enough to leave.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-12 (visit:642) - Milan Kundera The Unbearable Lightness of Being
for 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.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-12 (visit:606) - Milan Kundera The Unbearable Lightness of Being compassion
In the sunset of dissolution, everything is illuminated by the aura of nostalgia, even the guillotine.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-12 (visit:489) - Milan Kundera The Unbearable Lightness Of Being
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.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-12 (visit:705) - Milan Kundera politics power history
She had an overwhelming desire to tell him, like the most banal of women. Don't let me go, hold me tight, make me your plaything, your slave, be strong! But they were words she could not say.
The only thing she said when he released her from his embrace was, "You don't know how happy I am to be with you." That was the most her reserved nature allowed her to express.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-12 (visit:771) - Milan Kundera The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The Greek word for "return" is nostos. Algos means "suffering." So nostalgia is the suffering caused by an unappeased yearning to return.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-12 (visit:530) - Milan Kundera Ignorance
Oh lovers! be careful in those dangerous first days! once you've brought breakfast in bed you'll have to bring it forever, unless you want to be accused of lovelessness and betrayal.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-12 (visit:511) - Milan Kundera The Book of Laughter and Forgetting love
she loved to walk down the street with a book under her arm. It had the same significance for her as an elegant cane for the dandy a century ago. It differentiated her from others.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-12 (visit:592) - Milan Kundera The Unbearable Lightness of Being
the only relationship that can make both partners happy is one in which sentimentality has no place and neither partner makes any claim on the life and freedom of the other.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-12 (visit:619) - Milan Kundera The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Living is being happy: seeing, hearing, touching, drinking, eating, urinating, defecating, diving into the water and gazing at the sky, laughing and crying.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-12 (visit:510) - Milan Kundera The Book of Laughter and Forgetting
Fortunately women have the miraculous ability to change the meaning of their actions after the event.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-12 (visit:620) - Milan Kundera Laughable Loves women
The greater the ambiguity, the greater the pleasure.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-12 (visit:521) - Milan Kundera
Milan Kundera (Czech pronunciation: ; born 1 April 1929) is the Czech Republic's most recognised living writer. Of Czech origin, he has lived in exile in France since 1975, having become a naturalised citizen in 1981. Having written in both Czech and French, he revises the French translations of all his books; these therefore are not considered translations but original works.
Kundera is best known as the author of works such as The Joke, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting and The Unbearable Lightness of Being. His books were banned by the Communist regimes of Czechoslovakia until the downfall of the regime in the Velvet Revolution of 1989. He lives virtually incognito and rarely speaks to the media. A perennial contender for the Nobel Prize in Literature, he has been nominated on several occasions.