Milan Kundera Quotes

Milan Kundera


There are metaphysical problems, problems of human existence, that philosophy has never known how to grasp in all their concreteness and that only the novel can seize.

Milan Kundera


No act is of itself either good or bad. Only its place in the order of things makes it good or bad.

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.

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.

Milan Kundera


given the nature of the human couple, the love of a man and a woman is a priori inferior to that which can exist (at least in the best instances) in the love between man and dog...It is a completely selfless love.

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.

Milan Kundera


Graphomania (a mania for writing books) inevitably takes on epidemic proportions when a society develops to the point of creating three basic conditions: -(1) an elevated level of general well being which allows people to devote themselves to useless activities(2) a high degree of social atomization and , as a consequence, a general isolation of individuals;(3) the absence of dramatic social changes in the nation's internal life.

Milan Kundera


Yes, if you're looking for infinity, just close your eyes!

Milan Kundera


Yes, it's crazy. Love is either crazy or it's nothing at all.

Milan Kundera


Yes, it's a well-known fact about you: you're like death, you take everything.

Milan Kundera


It's hard to live with people willing to send you to exile or death. It's hard to become intimate with them. It's hard to love them.

Milan Kundera


He Kept recalling her lying on his bed; she reminded him of no one in his former life.

Milan Kundera


Seeing is limited by two borders: Strong light, which blinds, and total darkness.

Milan Kundera


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.

Milan Kundera


The emotion of love gives all of us a misleading illusion of knowing the other.

Milan Kundera