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A belief is like a guillotine, just as heavy, just as light.
~ Franz Kafka | ( Czech writer. ) | 1883-1924 | Belief
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A route differs from a road not only because it is solely intended for vehicles, but also because it is merely a line that connects one point with another. A route has no meaning in itself; its meaning derives entirely from the two points that it connects. A road is a tribute to space. Every stretch of road has meaning in itself and invites us to stop. A route is the triumphant devaluation of space, which thanks to it has been reduced to a mere obstacle to human movement and a waste of time.
~ Milan Kundera | ( Czech writer. ) | 1929-? | Traveling
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A wave of anger washed over me, anger against myself, at my age at the time, that stupid lyrically age, when a man is too great a riddle to himself to be interested in the riddles outside himself and when other people are mere walking mirrors in which he is amazed to find his own emotions, his own worth.
~ Milan Kundera | ( Czech writer. ) | 1929-? | Anger
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From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached.
~ Franz Kafka | ( Czech writer. ) | 1883-1924 | Goals
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Happiness is the longing for repetition.
~ Milan Kundera | ( Czech writer. ) | 1929-? | Happiness
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In theory there is a possibility of perfect happiness: To believe in the indestructible element within one, and not to strive towards it.
~ Franz Kafka | ( Czech writer. ) | 1883-1924 | Happiness
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It is not necessary that you leave the house. Remain at your table and listen. Do not even listen, only wait. Do not even wait, be wholly still and alone. The world will present itself to you for its unmasking, it can do no other, in ecstasy it will writhe at your feet.
~ Franz Kafka | ( Czech writer. ) | 1883-1924 | Experience
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It's not hard to stand behind one's successes. But to accept responsibility for one's failures... that is devishly hard
-: [ Václav Havel: Heir to a Spiritual Legacy by Richard L. Stanger in Christian Century (11 April 1990) ]
~ Václav Havel | ( Czech writer and dramatist ) | 1936 - 2011 | Responsibility
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Let us consider the critic, therefore, as a discoverer of discoveries.
~ Milan Kundera | ( Czech writer. ) | 1929-? | Criticism
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Life cannot be destroyed for good, neither ... can history be brought entirely to a halt.
-: [ Open letter to Dr. Gustáv Husák, Communist President (8 April 1975) ]
~ Václav Havel | ( Czech writer and dramatist ) | 1936 - 2011 | History
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Life's splendor forever lies in wait about each one of us in all its fullness, but veiled from view, deep down, invisible, far off. It is there, though, not hostile, not reluctant, not deaf. If you summon it by the right word, by its right name, it will come.
~ Franz Kafka | ( Czech writer. ) | 1883-1924 | Life
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Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it.
~ Milan Kundera | ( Czech writer. ) | 1929-? | Animals
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My ''fear''... is my substance, and probably the best part of me.
~ Franz Kafka | ( Czech writer. ) | 1883-1924 | Fear
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My guiding principle is this: Guilt is never to be doubted.
~ Franz Kafka | ( Czech writer. ) | 1883-1924 | Judgment
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Nothing is stranger to man than his own image.
-: [ R.U.R. (1920) ]
~ Karel Čapek | (Czech author and playwright ) | 1890 - 1938 | Humankind
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Nudity is the uniform of the other side... nudity is a shroud.
~ Milan Kundera | ( Czech writer. ) | 1929-? | Nudity
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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.
~ Milan Kundera | ( Czech writer. ) | 1929-? | Future
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The deeper the experience of an absence of meaning — in other words, of absurdity — the more energetically meaning is sought.
-: [ Disturbing the Peace (1986),Ch. 5 ]
~ Václav Havel | ( Czech writer and dramatist ) | 1936 - 2011 | Absurdity
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The only perfection which modern civilisation achieves is mechanical; machines are magnificent and immaculate but the life which serves them or is served by them isn't magnificent or shiny or more perfect or more comely.
-: [ Letters from England (1925) ]
~ Karel Čapek | (Czech author and playwright ) | 1890 - 1938 | Technology
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The real test of a man is not how well he plays the role he has invented for himself, but how well he plays the role that destiny assigned to him.
-: [ Disturbing the Peace (1986),Ch. 2 : Writing for the Stage, p. 72 ]
~ Václav Havel | ( Czech writer and dramatist ) | 1936 - 2011 | Destiny
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The salvation of this human world lies nowhere else than in the human heart, in the human power to reflect, in human meekness and human responsibility.
-: [ International Herald Tribune (21 February 1990) ]
~ Václav Havel | ( Czech writer and dramatist ) | 1936 - 2011 | Humanity
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The sound of laughter is like the vaulted dome of a temple of happiness.
~ Milan Kundera | ( Czech writer. ) | 1929-? | Laughter
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The truth is not simply what you think it is; it is also the circumstances in which it is said, and to whom, why, and how it is said.
-: [ Disturbing the Peace (1986),Ch. 2 : Writing for the Stage, p. 67 ]
~ Václav Havel | ( Czech writer and dramatist ) | 1936 - 2011 | Truth
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The word change, so dear to our Europe, has been given a new meaning: it no longer means a new stage of coherent development (as it was understood by Vico, Hegel or Marx), but a shift from one side to another, from front to back, from the back to the left, from the left to the front (as understood by designers dreaming up the fashion for the next season).
~ Milan Kundera | ( Czech writer. ) | 1929-? | Change
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Those that say that individuals are not capable of changing anything are only looking for excuses.
-: [ Vaclav Havel’s human rights legacy an inspiration Amnesty International (21 December 2011) ]
~ Václav Havel | ( Czech writer and dramatist ) | 1936 - 2011 | Change
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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.
~ Milan Kundera | ( Czech writer. ) | 1929-? | Goodness
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We live everything as it comes, without warning, like an actor going on cold. And what can life be worth if the first rehearsal for life is life itself? That is why life is always a sketch. No sketch is not quite the right word, because a sketch is an outline of something, the groundwork for a picture, whereas the sketch that is our life is a sketch of nothing, an outline with no picture.
~ Milan Kundera | ( Czech writer. ) | 1929-? | Life
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Without the meditative background that is criticism, works become isolated gestures, historical accidents, soon forgotten.
~ Milan Kundera | ( Czech writer. ) | 1929-? | Criticism
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Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.
~ Franz Kafka | ( Czech writer. ) | 1883-1924 | Youth
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