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Milan Kundera Quotes

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

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.

All great novels, all true novels, are bisexual.

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

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

Business has only two functions - marketing and innovation.

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

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

Happiness is the longing for repetition.

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

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

How goodness heightens beauty!

I find myself fascinating.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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