Milan Kundera

(1929 / Brno)

Milan Kundera Quotes

  • ''The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.''
    Milan Kundera (b. 1929), Czech author, critic. Mirek, in The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, pt. 1, ch. 2 (1978, trans. 1980).
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  • ''A novel that does not uncover a hitherto unknown segment of existence is immoral. Knowledge is the novel's only morality.''
    Milan Kundera (b. 1929), Czech author, critic. New York Review of Books (July 19, 1984).
  • ''Without the meditative background that is criticism, works become isolated gestures, ahistorical accidents, soon forgotten.''
    Milan Kundera (b. 1929), Czechoslovakian author, critic. Originally from Kundera's introduction to François Ricard, La Littérature Contre Elle-Même. "On Criticism, Aesthetics, and Europe," Review of Contemporary Fiction (Summer 1989).
  • ''Let us consider the critic, therefore, as a discoverer of discoveries.''
    Milan Kundera (b. 1929), Czechoslovakian author, critic. "On Criticism, Aesthetics, and Europe," Review of Contemporary Fiction (Summer 1989). Originally from Kundera's introduction to François Ricard, La Littérature Contre Elle-Même.
  • ''The reign of imagagology begins where history ends.''
    Milan Kundera (b. 1929), Czechoslovakian author, critic. Paul, in "Imagagology," pt. 3, Immortality (1991). On the death of ideology.
  • ''Listening to a news broadcast is like smoking a cigarette and crushing the butt in the ashtray.''
    Milan Kundera (b. 1929), Czech author, critic. Paul, in "The Brilliant Ally of His Own Gravediggers," pt. 3, Immortality (1991).
  • ''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.''
    Milan Kundera (b. 1929), Czech author, critic. Quoted in Guardian (London, June 3, 1988).
  • ''Nothing requires a greater effort of thought than arguments to justify the rule of non-thought.''
    Milan Kundera (b. 1929), Czech author, critic. the bear, in "The Brilliant Ally of His Own Gravediggers," pt. 3, Immortality (1991).
  • ''Nudity is the uniform of the other side ... nudity is a shroud.''
    Milan Kundera (b. 1929), Czech author, critic. The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, pt. 7, ch. 8 (1978, trans. 1980).
  • ''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.''
    Milan Kundera (b. 1929), Czech author, critic. The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, pt. 7, ch. 8 (1978, trans. 1980).

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