People derived too much pleasure from seeing their fellow man morally humiliated to spoil that pleasure by hearing out an explanation.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Humanity cannot be degraded by humiliation
Nothing is more humiliating than to see idiots succeed in enterprises we have failed in
It has always been a mystery to me how men can feel themselves honoured by the humiliation of their fellow beings


On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."