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miércoles, 18 de junio de 2014

Milan Kundera (10 quotes- The Unbearable Lightness of Being)

A lot more to come, can't I just copy and paste all of his books? magnificent 



1. 
But when the strong were too weak to hurt the weak, the weak had to be strong enough to leave.



2. 
For there is nothing heavier than compassion. Not even one’s own pain weighs so heavy as the pain one feels with someone, for someone, a pain intensified by the imagination and prolonged by a hundred echoes.


3.
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).


4.
In the sunset of dissolution, everything is illuminated by the aura of nostalgia, even the guillotine.


5.
Metaphors are not to be trifled with. A single metaphor can give birth to love.


6.
 Physical love is unthinkable without violence.


7.
What is flirtation? One might say that it is behavior leading another to believe that sexual intimacy is possible, while preventing that possibility from becoming a certainty. In other words, flirting is a promise of sexual intercourse without a guarantee.


8.
We live everything as it comes, without warning, like an actor going on cold. And what can life be worth if the first rehearsal for life is life itself?


9.
There is no means of testing which decision is better, because there is no basis for comparison. We live everything as it comes, without warning, like an actor going on cold. And what can life be worth if the first rehearsal for life is life itself? That is why life is always like a sketch. No, “sketch” is not quite a word, because a sketch is an outline of something, the groundwork for a picture, whereas the sketch that is our life is a sketch for nothing, an outline with no picture.


10.
The only relationship that can make both partners happy is one in which sentimentality has no place and neither partner makes any claim on the life and freedom of the other.



-Milan Kundera


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