Quotes by Milan Kundera

A novel that does not uncover a hitherto unknown segment of existence is immoral. Knowledge is the novel's only morality.
– Milan Kundera
All great novels, all true novels, are bisexual.
– Milan Kundera
Ambition is a poor excuse for not having sense enough to be lazy.
– Milan Kundera
Art is the human disposition of sensible or intelligible matter for an esthetic end.
– Milan Kundera
Business has only two functions - marketing and innovation.
– Milan Kundera
Eroticism is like a dance: one always leads the other.
– Milan Kundera
For a novelist, a given historic situation is an anthropologic laboratory in which he explores his basic question: What is human existence?
– Milan Kundera
Happiness is the longing for repetition.
– Milan Kundera
He took over anger to intimidate subordinates, and in time anger took over him.
– Milan Kundera
How goodness heightens beauty!
– Milan Kundera
I find myself fascinating.
– Milan Kundera
I think I am a much better actor than I have allowed myself to be.
– Milan Kundera
I think, therefore I am is the statement of an intellectual who underrates toothaches.
– Milan Kundera
Let us consider the critic, therefore, as a discoverer of discoveries.
– Milan Kundera
Listening to a news broadcast is like smoking a cigarette and crushing the butt in the ashtray.
– Milan Kundera
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
Metaphors are dangerous. Love begins with a metaphor. Which is to say, love begins at the point when a woman enters her first word into our poetic memory.
– Milan Kundera
Mysticism and exaggeration go together. A mystic must not fear ridicule if he is to push all the way to the limits of humility or the limits of delight.
– Milan Kundera
Nothing is more repugnant to me than brotherly feelings grounded in the common baseness people see in one another.
– Milan Kundera
Nudity is the uniform of the other side... nudity is a shroud.
– Milan Kundera