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Milan Kundera Quotes

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.
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#Discontent

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Business has only two functions - marketing and innovation.
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#Quotes #Business

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A worker may be the hammer's master, but the hammer still prevails. A tool knows exactly how it is meant to be handled, while the user of the tool can only have an approximate idea.
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Nudity is the uniform of the other side... nudity is a shroud.
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#Quotes #Nudity

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The present era grabs everything that was ever written in order to transform it into films, TV programs; or cartoons. What is essential in a novel is precisely what can only be expressed in a novel, and so every adaptation contains nothing but the non-essential. If a person is still crazy enough to write novels nowadays and wants to protect them, he has to write them in such a way that they cannot be adapted, in other words, in such a way that they cannot be retold.
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#Literature

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For a novelist, a given historic situation is an anthropologic laboratory in which he explores his basic question: What is human existence?
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I think therefore I am' is the statement of an intellectual who underrates toothaches
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#Intellectuals

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Art is the human disposition of sensible or intelligible matter for an esthetic end.
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#Quotes #Art

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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.
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#Quotes #Love

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Eroticism is like a dance: one always leads the other.
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#Quotes #Dance

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Nothing requires a greater effort of thought than arguments to justify the rule of non-thought.
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Optimism is the opium of the people.
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The serial number of a human specimen is the face, that accidental and unrepeatable combination of features. It reflects neither character nor soul, nor what we call the self. The face is only the serial number of a specimen.
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#Faces

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There is nothing heavier than compassion. Not even one's own pain weighs so heavy as the pain one feels for someone, for someone, pain intensified by the imagination and prolonged by a hundred echos.
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#Quotes #Compassion

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I find myself fascinating.
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#Acting And Actors

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All great novels, all true novels, are bisexual.
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#Quotes #Bisexual

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The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.
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#Quotes #Man

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True human goodness, in all its purity and freedom, can come to the fore only when its recipient has no power.
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#Quotes #Freedom

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Kitsch causes two tears to flow in quick succession. The first tear says: How nice to see children running on the grass! The second tear says: How nice to be moved, together with all mankind, by children running on the grass! It is the second tear that makes kitsch kitsch.
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#Causes

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Listening to a news broadcast is like smoking a cigarette and crushing the butt in the ashtray.
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#Quotes #Listening