Posts tagged Milan Kundera.
“ Does he love me? Does he love anyone more than me? Does he love me more than I love him? Perhaps all the questions we ask of love, to measure, test, probe and save it, have the additional effect of cutting it short. Perhaps the reason we are unable to love is that we yearn to be loved, that is, we demand something from our partner instead of delivering ourselves up to him demand-free and asking for nothing but his company.
— The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera (via drunkonliterature)
“ 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 - The Book of Laughter and Frogetting
“ A prison, even though entirely surrounded by walls, is a splendidly illuminated theater of history.
— Milan Kundera - The Book of Laughter and Forgetting
“ Litost is a Czech word with no exact translation into any other language. It designates a feeling as infinite as an open accordion, a feeling that is the synthesis of many others: grief, sympathy, remorse, and an indefinable longing…Litost is a state of torment caused by a sudden insight into one’s own miserable self
— Milan Kundera - The Book of Laugher and Forgetting