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All Quotes by author - Milan Kundera
" All great novels, all true novels, are bisexual. "
" Ambition is a poor excuse for not having sense enough to be lazy. "
" A novel that does not uncover a hitherto unknown segment of existence is immoral. Knowledge is the novel's only morality. "
" Art is the human disposition of sensible or intelligible matter for an esthetic end. "
" 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. "
" Broch is an inspiration to us, not only because of what he accomplished, but also because of all that he aimed at and could not attain. "
" Business has only two functions - marketing and innovation. "
" Culture is perishing in overproduction, in an avalanche of words, in the madness of quantity. "
" Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. "
" Eroticism is like a dance: one always leads the other. "
" Every change of scene requires new expositions, descriptions, explanations. "
" 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 am incapable of speaking of myself and of my life and the states of my soul, I am discreet to an almost pathological degree, and there is nothing I can do against that. "
" I find myself fascinating. "
" In order to make the novel into a polyhistorical illumination of existence, you need to master the technique of ellipsis, the art of condensation. Otherwise, you fall into the trap of endless length. "
" I remember that the day I finished 'The Angels,' part three of 'The Book of Laughter and Forgetting', I was terribly proud of myself. I was sure that I had discovered the key to a new way of putting together a narrative. "
" 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. "
" Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. "
" Man's world is the planet of inexperience. "
" 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 act is of itself either good or bad. Only its place in the order of things makes it good or bad. "
" 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. "
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" No matter how much we scorn it, kitsch is an integral part of the human condition. "
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