Milan Kundera

Czech Republic
Born on 1 Apr 1929
Writer

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All predictions are wrong, that's one of the few certainties granted to mankind.

Ignorance
Is not parody the eternal lot of man?

Life is Elsewhere
Even painful memories are ties that bind.

Farewell Waltz
But the longer a man grows in his own darkness, the more his outer form diminishes.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being
History is as light as individual human life, unbearably light, light as a feather, as dust swirling into the air, as whatever will no longer exist tomorrow.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Sensuality is the total mobilization of the senses: an individual observes his partner intently, straining to catch every sound.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being
A man may ask anything of a woman, but unless he wishes to behave like a brute, he must make it possible for her to act in harmony with her deepest self-deceptions.

The Joke
There is nothing heavier than compassion. Not even one’s own pain weights so heavy as the pain one feels for someone, with someone, a pain intensified by the imagination and prolonged by a hundred echoes.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being
I am not in favor of imposing happiness on people. Everyone has a right to his bad wine, to his stupidity, and to his dirty fingernails.

Farewell Waltz
Jealousy has the amazing power to illuminate a single person in an intense beam of light, keeping the multitude of others in total darkness.

Farewell Waltz
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