Milan Kundera Quotes

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

Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring – it was peace. Milan Kundera

The basis of shame is not some personal mistake of ours, but the ignominy, the humiliation we feel that we must be what we are without any choice in the matter, and that this humiliation is seen by everyone. Milan Kundera

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

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. Milan Kundera

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

The sound of laughter is like the vaulted dome of a temple of happiness. Milan Kundera

I think, therefore I am is the statement of an intellectual who underrates toothaches. Milan Kundera

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

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. Milan Kundera