I have no mission. No one has.
("The Unbearable Lightness of Being")
More Quotes from Milan Kundera:What does it mean to live in truth? Putting it negatively is easy enough: it means not lying, not hiding, and not dissimulating.
The present era grabs everything that was ever written in order to transform it into films, TV programs or cartoons. What is essential in a novel is precisely what can only be expressed in a novel, and so every adaptation contains nothing but the non-essential. If a person is still crazy enough to write novels nowadays and wants to protect them, he has to write them in such a way that they cannot be adapted, in other words, in such a way that they cannot be retold.
High culture is nothing but a child of that European perversion called history, the obsession we have with going forward, with considering the sequence of generations a relay race in which everyone surpasses his predecessor . . .
People derived too much pleasure from seeing their fellow man morally humiliated to spoil that pleasure by hearing out an explanation.
The senator had only one argument in his favour: his feeling. When the heart speaks, the mind finds it indecent to object. In the realm of kitsch, the dictatorship of the heart reigns supreme.
Nothing is more repugnant to me than brotherly feelings grounded in the common baseness people see in one another.
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Samuel Taylor Coleridge
All generalizations are false, including this one.
I don't believe that I personally have been changed by the money. The bad thing is people assume you've changed because now you have money.