Citáty Milan Kundera

„Whenever a single political movement corners power, we find ourselves in the realm of totalitarian kitsch.“

—  Milan Kundera, kniha The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1984), Part Five: Lightness and Weight
Kontext: Whenever a single political movement corners power, we find ourselves in the realm of totalitarian kitsch. When I say “totalitarian,” what I mean is that everything that infringes on kitsch must be banished for life: every display of individualism (because a deviation from the collective is a spit in the eye of the smiling brotherhood); every doubt (because anyone who starts doubting details will end by doubting life itself); all irony (because in the realm of kitsch everything must be taken quite seriously); and the mother who abandons her family or the man who prefers men to women, thereby calling into question the holy decree “Be fruitful and multiply.”

„People are always shouting they want to create a better future. It's not true.“

—  Milan Kundera, kniha The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

Part I: Lost Letters (p. 22)
The Book of Laughter and Forgetting (1979)
Kontext: 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. They are fighting for access to the laboratories where photographs are retouched and biographies and histories rewritten.

„Do you realize that people don't know how to read Kafka simply because they want to decipher him?“

—  Milan Kundera

Interview with Christian Salmon (Fall 1983), Writers at Work: The Paris Review Interviews, Series Seven [Viking, 1988, ], pp. 217-218
Kontext: Do you realize that people don't know how to read Kafka simply because they want to decipher him? Instead of letting themselves be carried away by his unequaled imagination, they look for allegories — and come up with nothing but clichés: life is absurd (or it is not absurd), God is beyond reach (or within reach), etc. You can understand nothing about art, particularly modern art, if you do not understand that imagination is a value in itself.

„What is unique about the "I" hides itself exactly in what is unimaginable about a person.“

—  Milan Kundera, kniha The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1984), Part Five: Lightness and Weight
Kontext: What is unique about the "I" hides itself exactly in what is unimaginable about a person. All we are able to imagine is what makes everyone like everyone else, what people have in common. The individual "I" is what differs from the common stock, that is, what cannot be guessed at or calculated, what must be unveiled, uncovered, conquered.

„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.“

—  Milan Kundera, kniha The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1984), Part Two: Soul and Body
Kontext: 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.<!-- (pg 59)

„You can suffer nostalgia in the presence of the beloved if you glimpse a future where the beloved is no more.“

—  Milan Kundera, kniha Identity

Identity (1998)
Kontext: You can suffer nostalgia in the presence of the beloved if you glimpse a future where the beloved is no more.<!-- (pg 40)

„You can understand nothing about art, particularly modern art, if you do not understand that imagination is a value in itself.“

—  Milan Kundera

Interview with Christian Salmon (Fall 1983), Writers at Work: The Paris Review Interviews, Series Seven [Viking, 1988, ], pp. 217-218
Kontext: Do you realize that people don't know how to read Kafka simply because they want to decipher him? Instead of letting themselves be carried away by his unequaled imagination, they look for allegories — and come up with nothing but clichés: life is absurd (or it is not absurd), God is beyond reach (or within reach), etc. You can understand nothing about art, particularly modern art, if you do not understand that imagination is a value in itself.

„But is not an event in fact more significant and noteworthy the greater the number of fortuities necessary to bring it about?“

—  Milan Kundera, kniha The Unbearable Lightness of Being

pg 46
The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1984), Part Two: Soul and Body

„Love is our freedom.“

—  Milan Kundera, kniha The Unbearable Lightness of Being

pg 236
The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1984), Part Five: Lightness and Weight

„In the love poetry of every age, the woman longs to be weighed down by the man's body.“

—  Milan Kundera, kniha The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Pg 5
The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1984), Part One: Lightness and Weight

„It was the call of all those fortuities… which gave her the courage to leave home and change her fate.“

—  Milan Kundera, kniha The Unbearable Lightness of Being

pg 51
The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1984), Part Two: Soul and Body

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