100 Of The Most Powerful Milan Kundera Quotes Ever To Be Heard

Milan Kundera Quotes – Milan Kundera is a well-known French author, novelist, essayist, playwright and an excellent short story writer.  He who was born in the city called Czechoslovakia but has been since living in exile in France from 1975 and is often regarded as one of the greatest authors of the modern era. 

Milan Kundra sees himself as a French writer and insists that his works and contribution should be studied and recognized as French literature and classified as such.”Kundera’s  most popular work is one of his book titled “The Unbearable Lightness of Being”.  Milan Kundra books were banned by the Communist regimes of Czechoslovakia until the regime came to an end in the Velvet Revolution of 1989

Top 100 “Milan Kundera Quotes”

Milan Kundera Quotes

Author Milan Kundera

  • “Hate traps us by binding us too tightly to our adversary.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “Because to live in a world in which no one is forgiven, where all are irredeemable, is the same as living in hell. ” By – Milan Kundera

  • “Yes, if you’re looking for infinity, just close your eyes!” By – Milan Kundera

  • “She loved to walk down the street with a book under her arm. It differentiated her from the others” By – Milan Kundera

  • “She is sadder and sadder, and for a man there is no balm more soothing than the sadness he has caused a woman.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “The longing for Paradise is man’s longing not to be man.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “…because love is continual interrogation. I don’t know of a better definition of love” By – Milan Kundera

  • “Looking out over the courtyard at the dirty walls, he realized he had no idea whether it was hysteria or love.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “Culture is perishing in overproduction, in an avalanche of words, in the madness of quantity.” By – Milan Kundera Milan Kundera Quotes # 10 – “A man who loses his privacy loses everything. And a man who gives it up of his own free will is a monster.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “Love is a continual interrogation. I don’t know of a better definition of love.” By – 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.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “Ah, ladies and gentlemen, a man lives a sad life when he cannot take anything or anyone seriously.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “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.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “The degree of slowness is directionally proportional to the intensity of memory. The degree of speed is directionally proportional to the intensity of forgetting.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “We must never allow the future to collapse under the burden of memory.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “Once her love had been publicized, it would gain weight, become a burden.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “Solitude: a sweet absence of looks.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “Only the most naive of questions are truly serious.” By – Milan Kundera

  • Milan Kundera Quotes # 20 –  “The moment someone keeps an eye on what we do, we involuntarily make allowances for that eye, and nothing we do is truthful. Having a public, keeping a public in mind means living in lies…” By – Milan Kundera

  • “Perhaps we become aware of our age only at exceptional moments and most of the time we are ageless.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “A question with no answer is a barrier that cannot be breached. In other words, it is questions with no answers that set the limits of human possibilities, describe the boundaries of human existence.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “I cannot hate them because nothing binds me to them; I have nothing in common with them.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “In Tereza’s eyes, books were the emblems of a secret brotherhood” By – Milan Kundera

  • “Humanity’s true moral test, its fundamental test…consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “The emotion of love gives all of us a misleading illusion of knowing the other.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “Once the writer in every individual comes to life (and that time is not far off), we are in for an age of universal deafness and lack of understanding.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “Tereza knew what happens during the moment love is born: the woman cannot resist the voice calling forth her terrified soul; the man cannot resist the woman whose soul thus responds to his voice.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “I have a strong will to love you for eternity.” By – Milan Kundera

  •  Milan Kundera Quotes # 30 – “But isn’t it true that an author can write only about himself?” By – Milan Kundera

  • “Without realizing it, the individual composes his life according to the laws of beauty even in times of greatest distress.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “Sometimes you make up your mind about something without knowing why, and your decision persists by the power of inertia. Every year it gets harder to change.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “I have no mission. No one has.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “Jealousy isn’t a pleasant quality, but if it isn’t overdone (and if it’s combined with modesty), apart from its inconvenience there’s even something touching about it.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “The greater the ambiguity, the greater the pleasure.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “To rebel against being born a woman seemed as foolish to her as to take pride in it.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “Tomas did not realize at the time that metaphors are dangerous. Metaphors are not to be trifled with. A single metaphor can give birth to love.” By – Milan Kundera

  • .“Fortunately women have the miraculous ability to change the meaning of their actions after the event.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “The worth of a human being lies in the ability to extend oneself, to go outside oneself, to exist in and for other people.” By – Milan Kundera

  • Milan Kundera Quotes # 40 –  “A man is responsible for his ignorance.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “Happiness is the longing for repetition.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “On the surface, an intelligible lie; underneath, the unintelligible truth.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting” By – Milan Kundera

  • “Kitsch is the inability to admit that shit exists” By – Milan Kundera

  • “Yes, it’s crazy. Love is either crazy or it’s nothing at all.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “Living is being happy: seeing, hearing, touching, drinking, eating, urinating, defecating, diving into the water and gazing at the sky, laughing and crying.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “Dogs do not have many advantages over people, but one of them is extremely important: euthanasia is not forbidden by law in their case; animals have the right to a merciful death.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “Chance and chance alone has a message for us. Everything that occurs out of necessity, everything expected, repeated day in and day out, is mute. Only chance can speak to us.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “To laugh is to live profoundly.” By – Milan Kundera

  • Milan Kundera Quotes # 50 – “Why don’t you ever use your strength on me?” she said. Because love means renouncing strength,” said Franz softly.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “Physical love is unthinkable without violence.” By – Milan Kundera

Best Quotes Milan Kundera

  • “There is a certain part of all of us that lives outside of time. Perhaps we become aware of our age only at exceptional moments and most of the time we are ageless.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “I was not a hypocrite, with one real face and several false ones. I had several faces because I was young and didn’t know who I was or wanted to be.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “Yes, it’s a well-known fact about you: you’re like death, you take everything.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “Loves are like empires: when the idea they are founded on crumbles, they, too, fade away.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “Flirting is a promise of sexual intercourse without a guarantee.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “And therein lies the whole of man’s plight. Human time does not turn in a circle; it runs ahead in a straight line. That is why man cannot be happy: happiness is the longing for repetition.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “And what can life be worth if the first rehearsal for life is life itself?” By – Milan Kundera

  • “A single metaphor can give birth to love.” By – Milan Kundera

  • Milan Kundera Quotes # 60 –  “Oh lovers! be careful in those dangerous first days! once you’ve brought breakfast in bed you’ll have to bring it forever, unless you want to be accused of lovelessness and betrayal.” By – Milan Kundera

  •  “The only relationship that can make both partners happy is one in which sentimentality has no place and neither partner makes any claim on the life and freedom of the other.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “I want you to be weak. As weak as I am.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “She loved to walk down the street with a book under her arm. It had the same significance for her as an elegant cane for the dandy a century ago. It differentiated her from others.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “There is no perfection only life” By – Milan Kundera

  • “A person who longs to leave the place where he lives is an unhappy person.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “We can never know what to want, because, living only one life, we can neither compare it with our previous lives nor perfect it in our lives to come.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “But when the strong were too weak to hurt the weak, the weak had to be strong enough to leave.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “Love is the longing for the half of ourselves we have lost.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “In the sunset of dissolution, everything is illuminated by the aura of nostalgia, even the guillotine.” By – Milan Kundera

  • Milan Kundera Quotes # 70 – “The Greek word for “return” is nostos. Algos means “suffering.” So nostalgia is the suffering caused by an unappeased yearning to return.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “For 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.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “Two people in love, alone, isolated from the world, that’s beautiful.” By – 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.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “When the heart speaks, the mind finds it indecent to object.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “You can’t measure the mutual affection of two human beings by the number of words they exchange.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “The man hunched over his motorcycle can focus only on the present… he is caught in a fragment of time cut off from both the past and the future… he has no fear, because the source of fear is in the future, and a person freed of the future has nothing to fear.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “There is a certain part of all of us that lives outside of time. Perhaps we become aware of our age only at exceptional moments and most of the time we are ageless.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “The first step in liquidating a people is to erase its memory. Destroy its books, its culture, its history. Then have somebody write new books, manufacture a new culture, invent a new history. Before long that nation will begin to forget what it is and what it was… The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “The Greek word for “return” is nostos. Algos means “suffering.” So nostalgia is the suffering caused by an unappeased yearning to return.” By – Milan Kundera

  • Milan Kundera Quotes # 80 – “The stupidity of people comes from having an answer for everything. The wisdom of the novel comes from having a question for everything.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “People are always shouting they want to create a better future. It’s not true. The future is an apathetic void of no interest to anyone. The past is full of life, eager to irritate us, provoke and insult us, tempt us to destroy or repaint it. The only reason people want to be masters of the future is to change the past.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “There are no means of testing which decision is better because there is no basis for comparison. We live everything as it comes, without warning, like an actor going on cold. And what can life be worth if the first rehearsal for life is life itself? That is why life is always like a sketch. No, “sketch” is not quite a word, because a sketch is an outline of something, the groundwork for a picture, whereas the sketch that is our life is a sketch for nothing, an outline with no picture.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “Just imagine living in a world without mirrors. You’d dream about your face and imagine it as an outer reflection of what is inside you. And then, when you reached forty, someone put a mirror before you for the first time in your life. Imagine your fright! You’d see the face of a stranger. And you’d know quite clearly what you are unable to grasp: your face is not you.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “We can never know what to want, because, living only one life, we can neither compare it with our previous lives nor perfect it in our lives to come.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “You can’t measure the mutual affection of two human beings by the number of words they exchange.” By – 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. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “Happiness is the longing for repetition.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “Every love relationship rests on an unwritten agreement unthinkingly concluded by the lovers in the first weeks of their love. They are still in a kind of dream but at the same time, without knowing it, are drawing up, like uncompromising lawyers, the detailed clauses of their contract. O lovers! Be careful in those dangerous first days! Once you’ve brought breakfast in bed you’ll have to bring it forever, unless you want to be accused of lovelessness and betrayal.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “The stupidity of people comes from having an answer for everything. The wisdom of the novel comes from having a question for everything….The novelist teaches the reader to comprehend the world as a question. There is wisdom and tolerance in that attitude. In a world built on sacrosanct certainties, the novel is dead. The totalitarian world, whether founded on Marx, Islam, or anything else, is a world of answers rather than questions. There, the novel has no place.” By – Milan Kundera

  •  Milan Kundera Quotes # 90 – “Dreaming is not merely an act of communication; it is also an aesthetic activity, a game of the imagination, a game that is a value in itself.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “I understand you, and I shall not attempt to make you change your mind. I am too old to want to improve the world. I have told you what I think, and that is all. I shall remain your friend even if you act contrary to my convictions, and I shall help you even if I disagree with you.” By – Milan Kundera

  • How could she feel nostalgia when he was right in front of her? How can you suffer from the absence of a person who is present? You can suffer nostalgia in the presence of the beloved if you glimpse a future where the beloved is no more.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “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).” By – Milan Kundera

  • “I feel a frantic desire to free myself. To start all over again and in another way.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “Human life occurs only once, and the reason we cannot determine which of our decisions are good and which bad is that in a given situation we can make only one decision; we are not granted a second, third, or fourth life in which to compare various decisions.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “The worth of a human being lies in the ability to extend oneself, to go outside oneself, to exist in and for other people.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “When the heart speaks, the mind finds it indecent to object.” By – Milan Kundera

  • “Living, there is no happiness in that. Living: carrying one’s painful self through the world. But being, being is happiness. Being: Becoming a fountain, a fountain on which the universe falls like warm rain.” By – Milan Kundera

  •  “When I was a little boy in short pants, I dreamed about a miraculous ointment that would make me invisible. Then I became an adult, began to write, and wanted to be successful. Now I’m successful and would like to have the ointment that would make me invisible.” By – Milan Kundera   Milan Kundera Quotes # 100 – “Memory does not make films, it makes photographs.” By – Milan Kundera

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