Milan Kundera Quotes

Most popular Milan Kundera Quotes

All great novels, all true novels, are bisexual.

novels

Hate traps us by binding us too tightly to our adversary.

hate

A man able to think isn't defeated—even when he is defeated.

thinking defeat

The sound of laughter is like the vaulted dome of a temple of happiness.

happiness laughter

All man's life among men is nothing more than a battle for the ears of others.

life

All of man's life among his kind is nothing other than a battle to seize the ears of others.

listening

A tool knows exactly how it is meant to be handled, while the user of the tool can only have an approximate idea.
The novelist teaches the reader to comprehend the world as a question.  There is wisdom and tolerance in that attitude.

novelists

In languages that derive from Latin, "compassion" means: we cannot look on cooly as others suffer; or, we  sympathize with those who suffer.

compassion

Dreaming is not merely an act of communication (or coded communication, if you like); it is also an aesthetic activity, a game of the imagination, a game that is a value in itself.

dreams (during sleep)

The gaze of a man has often been described.  It seems to fasten coldly on the woman, as if it were measuring, weighing, evaluating, choosing her, as if, in other words, it were turning her into a thing.

men and women

The light that radiates from the great novels time can never dim, for human existence is perpetually being forgotten by man and thus the novelists' discoveries, however old they may be, will never cease to astonish.

novels classics masterpiece

The goals we pursue are always veiled.  A girl who longs for marriage longs for something she knows nothing about. The boy who hankers after fame has no idea what fame is. The thing that gives our every move its meaning is always totally unknown to us.

goals