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How would I explain to him that I couldn’t make peace with him? How would I explain that if I did I would immediately lose my inner balance? How would I explain that one of the arms of my internal scales would suddenly shoot upward? How would I explain that my hatred of him counterbalanced the weight of evil that had fallen on my youth? How would I explain that he embodied all the evils in my life? How would I explain to him that I needed to hate him?


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Tereza's mother never stopped reminding her that being a mother meant sacrificing everything. Her wo...
MILAN KUNDERA
Nothing requires a greater effort of thought than arguments to justify the rule of non-thought.
MILAN KUNDERA
There are no small parts. Only small actors.
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Physical love is unthinkable without violence.
MILAN KUNDERA
A novel that does not uncover a hitherto unknown segment of existence is immoral. Knowledge is the n...
MILAN KUNDERA
I find myself fascinating.
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Because to live in a world in which no one is forgiven, where all are irredeemable, is the same a...
MILAN KUNDERA
The characters in my novels are my own unrealised possibilities. That is why I am equally fond of th...
MILAN KUNDERA
Dogs do not have many advantages over people, but one of them is extremely important: euthanasia is ...
MILAN KUNDERA
No one can give anyone else the gift of the idyll; only an animal can do so, because only animals we...
MILAN KUNDERA
I had all kinds of answers ready for the commissions that called me in and asked me what had made me...
MILAN KUNDERA
Not only have people stopped trying to be
attractive when they are out among other people, but...
MILAN KUNDERA
When I was a little boy in short pants, I dreamed about a miraculous ointment that would make me inv...
MILAN KUNDERA
What drove such people to their sinister occupations? Spite? Certainly, but also the desire for orde...
MILAN KUNDERA
We all need someone to look at us. we can be divided into four categories according to the kind of l...
MILAN KUNDERA
Flirting is a promise of sexual intercourse without a guarantee.
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Human life occurs only once, and the reason we cannot determine which of our decisions are good and ...
MILAN KUNDERA
Does he love me? Does he love anyone more than me? Does he love me more than I love him? Perhaps all...
MILAN KUNDERA
she loved to walk down the street with a book under her arm. It had the same significance for her as...
MILAN KUNDERA
She had an overwhelming desire to tell him, like the most banal of women. Don't let me go, hold me t...
MILAN KUNDERA
إذ يستطيع جيشان كبيران أن يتصارعا حتى الموت من أجل قضاي...
MILAN KUNDERA
In Spanish añoranza comes from the verb añorar (to feel nostalgia), which comes from the Catalan e...
MILAN KUNDERA
أتخيل انفعال كائنين يلتقيان بعد سنوات. قديما تعاشرا، ف...
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When she is older she will see in these resemblances a regrettable uniformity among individuals (the...
MILAN KUNDERA
Too much faith is the worst ally. When you believe in something literally, through your faith you'll...
MILAN KUNDERA
A man is responsible for his ignorance.
MILAN KUNDERA
Certainty. Life's last and kindest gift.
MILAN KUNDERA
To laugh is to live profoundly.
MILAN KUNDERA
The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting
MILAN KUNDERA
Yes, the essence of every love is a child, and it makes no difference at all whether it has ever act...
MILAN KUNDERA
As she uttered the words of the prayer, she glanced up at him as if he were God Himself. He watched ...
MILAN KUNDERA
When his wife was at his side, she was also in front of him, marking out the horizon of his life. No...
MILAN KUNDERA
The greater the ambiguity, the greater the pleasure.
MILAN KUNDERA
Their message will never be decoded, not only because there is no key to it, but also because people...
MILAN KUNDERA
She spoke about it with such emphasis (somewhat affected) that I could see at once that I was hearin...
MILAN KUNDERA
Looking out over the courtyard at the dirty walls, he realized he had no idea whether it was hysteri...
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for there is nothing heavier than compassion. Not even one's own pain weighs so heavy as the pain on...
MILAN KUNDERA
Two people in love, alone, isolated from the world, that's beautiful.
MILAN KUNDERA
Making love with a woman and sleeping with a woman are two separate passions, not merely different b...
MILAN KUNDERA
The Greek word for "return" is nostos. Algos means "suffering." So nostalgia is the suffering caused...
MILAN KUNDERA
A gesture cannot be regarded as the expression of an individual, as his creation (because no individ...
MILAN KUNDERA
There is nothing heavier than compassion. Not even one's own pain weighs so heavy as the pain one fe...
MILAN KUNDERA
The light that radiates from the great novels time can never dim, for human existence is perpetually...
MILAN KUNDERA
The serial number of a human specimen is the face, that accidental and unrepeatable combination of f...
MILAN KUNDERA
Woman is the future of man. That means that the world which was once formed in man's image will now ...
MILAN KUNDERA
Mysticism and exaggeration go together. A mystic must not fear ridicule if he is to push all the wa...
MILAN KUNDERA
Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent.
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
A novel that does not uncover a hitherto unknown segment of existence is immoral. Knowledge is the n...
MILAN KUNDERA
The novelist teaches the reader to comprehend the world as a question. There is wisdom and tolerance...
MILAN KUNDERA
Every change of scene requires new expositions, descriptions, explanations.
MILAN KUNDERA
The Transformation of music into noise was a planetary process by which mankind was entering the his...
MILAN KUNDERA
In the sunset of dissolution, everything is illuminated by the aura of nostalgia, even the guillotin...
MILAN KUNDERA