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Making love with a woman and sleeping with a woman are two separate passions, not merely different but opposite. Love does not make itself felt in the desire for copulation (a desire that extends to an infinite number of women) but in the desire for shared sleep (a desire limited to one woman).


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MILAN KUNDERA
En griego, «regreso» se dice nostos. Algos significa “sufrimiento”. La nostalgia es, pues, el ...
MILAN KUNDERA
The more vast the amount of time we've left behind us, the more irresistible is the voice calling us...
MILAN KUNDERA
To die; to decide to die; that's much easier for an adolescent than for an adult. What? Doesn't deat...
MILAN KUNDERA
[W]e must never allow the future to collapse under the burden of memory.
MILAN KUNDERA
Why don't you ever use your strength on me?" she said.
Because love means renouncing strength,"...
MILAN KUNDERA
There is no means of testing which decision is better, because there is no basis for comparison. We ...
MILAN KUNDERA
The brain appears to possess a special area which we might call poetic memory and which records ever...
MILAN KUNDERA
Having had occasion in the past to observe Communist statesmen, I saw with surprise that they were o...
MILAN KUNDERA
There is nothing heavier than compassion. Not even one's own pain weighs so heavy as the pain one fe...
MILAN KUNDERA
Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on ...
MILAN KUNDERA
Encouraged by her parents’ applause, the girl went on: “Do you think we take off our tops to giv...
MILAN KUNDERA
The uniform is that which we do not choose, that which is assigned to us; it is the certitude of the...
MILAN KUNDERA
Yes, it's a well-known fact about you: you're like death, you take everything.
MILAN KUNDERA
Of course, these were only dreams. How could a sensible woman leave a happy marriage? All the same, ...
MILAN KUNDERA
Sometimes you make up your mind about something without knowing why, and your decision persists by t...
MILAN KUNDERA
Kitsch is the inability to admit that shit exists
MILAN KUNDERA
This is the image from which he was born...... Characters are not born, like people, of woman; they ...
MILAN KUNDERA
Man's world is the planet of inexperience.
MILAN KUNDERA
We can never know what to want, because, living only one life, we can neither compare it with our pr...
MILAN KUNDERA
Love is the longing for the half of ourselves we have lost.
MILAN KUNDERA
Estoy bajo el agua y los latidos de mi corazón producen círculos en la superficie.
MILAN KUNDERA
The stupidity of people comes from having an answer for everything. The wisdom of the novel comes fr...
MILAN KUNDERA
Vlasta me reprocha que soy un soñador. Parece que no veo las cosas tal como son. No, veo las cosas ...
MILAN KUNDERA
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
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
People are going deaf because music is played louder and louder, but because they're going deaf,...
MILAN KUNDERA
For he was aware of the great secret of life: Women don't look for handsome men. Women look for men ...
MILAN KUNDERA
No matter how much we scorn it, kitsch is an integral part of the human condition.
MILAN KUNDERA
A person who longs to leave the place where he lives is an unhappy person.
MILAN KUNDERA
Totalitarianism is not only hell, but all the dream of paradise-- the age-old dream of a world where...
MILAN KUNDERA
For Sabina, living in truth, lying neither to ourselves nor to others, was possible only away from t...
MILAN KUNDERA
For Sabina, living in truth, lying neither to ourselves not others, was possible only away from the ...
MILAN KUNDERA