Citáty Milan Kundera

„But when the strong were too weak to hurt the weak, the weak had to be strong enough to leave.“

—  Milan Kundera, kniha The Unbearable Lightness of Being

pg 71
Zdroj: The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1984), Part Two: Soul and Body

„In the sunset of dissolution, everything is illuminated by the aura of nostalgia.“

—  Milan Kundera, kniha The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Zdroj: The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1984), Part One: Lightness and Weight
Kontext: In the sunset of dissolution, everything is illuminated by the aura of nostalgia.<!-- (pg 4)

„A person who longs to leave the place where he lives is an unhappy person.“

—  Milan Kundera, kniha The Unbearable Lightness of Being

pg 27
Zdroj: The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1984), Part One: Lightness and Weight

„There is no perfection only life“

—  Milan Kundera, kniha The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Zdroj: The Unbearable Lightness of Being

„A single metaphor can give birth to love.“

—  Milan Kundera, kniha The Unbearable Lightness of Being

pg 10
Varianta: Metaphors are not to be trifled with. A single metaphor can give birth to love.
Zdroj: The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1984), Part One: Lightness and Weight

„I want you to be weak. As weak as I am.“

—  Milan Kundera, kniha The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Zdroj: The Unbearable Lightness of Being

„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.

„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.

„As you live out your desolation, you can be either unhappy or happy. Having that choice is what constitutes your freedom.“

—  Milan Kundera, kniha Identity

Identity (1998)
Kontext: As you live out your desolation, you can be either unhappy or happy. Having that choice is what constitutes your freedom.<!-- (pg 146)

„When we ignore the body, we are more easily victimized by it.“

—  Milan Kundera, kniha The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1984), Part Two: Soul and Body
Kontext: When we ignore the body, we are more easily victimized by it.<!-- (pg 37)

„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.

„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.”

„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)

„They are fighting for access to the laboratories where photographs are retouched and biographies and histories rewritten.“

—  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.

„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)

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