Milan Kundera Quotes

Who on Earth is Milan Kundera?

Milan Kundera is a Czech-born French writer known for the classic novel 'The Unbearable Lightness of Being'.

Born April 01, 1929

Books by Milan Kundera


Best 12 Quotes by Milan Kundera

“Two people in love, alone, isolated from the world, that's beautiful.”

Milan Kundera

“We can never know what to want, because, living only one life, we can neither compare it with our previous lives nor perfect it in our lives to come.”

Milan Kundera

“You can't measure the mutual affection of two human beings by the number of words they exchange.”

Milan Kundera

"Ignorance" Quotes

“The Greek word for "return" is nostos. Algos means "suffering." So nostalgia is the suffering caused by an unappeased yearning to return.”

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Ignorance

"The Unbearable Lightness of Being" Quotes

“A person who longs to leave the place where he lives is an unhappy person.”

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The Unbearable Lightness of Being

“Anyone whose goal is 'something higher' must expect someday to suffer vertigo. What is vertigo? Fear of falling? No, Vertigo is something other than fear of falling. It is the voice of the emptiness below us which tempts and lures us, it is the desire to fall, against which, terrified, we defend ourselves.”

Milan Kundera
The Unbearable Lightness of Being

“But when the strong were too weak to hurt the weak, the weak had to be strong enough to leave.”

Milan Kundera
The Unbearable Lightness of Being

“Love is the longing for the half of ourselves we have lost.”

Milan Kundera
The Unbearable Lightness of Being

“Making love with a woman and sleeping with a woman are two separate passions, not merely different but opposite. Love does not make itself felt in the desire for copulation (a desire that extends to an infinite number of women) but in the desire for shared sleep (a desire limited to one woman).”

Milan Kundera
The Unbearable Lightness of Being

“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.”

Milan Kundera
The Unbearable Lightness of Being

“What can life be worth if the first rehearsal for life is life itself?”

Milan Kundera
The Unbearable Lightness of Being

“When the heart speaks, the mind finds it indecent to object.”

Milan Kundera
The Unbearable Lightness of Being