The Unbearable Lightness of Being

by Milan Kundera
Czech Republic
Born on 1 Apr 1929
Writer

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Our dreams prove that to imagine - to dream about things that have not happened - is among mankind's deepest needs.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being
A man who loses his privacy loses everything. And a man who gives it up of his own free will is a monster.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Culture is perishing in overproduction, in an avalanche of words, in the madness of quantity.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The novel is not the author's confession; it is an investigation of human life in the trap the world has become.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Only the most naive of questions are truly serious.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Sometimes you make up your mind about something without knowing why, and your decision persists by the power of inertia. Every year it gets harder to change.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being
But isn't it true that an author can write only about himself?

The Unbearable Lightness of Being
And what can life be worth if the first rehearsal for life is life itself?

The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Flirting is a promise of sexual intercourse without a guarantee.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being
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Milan Kundera

 

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