Living for Sabina meant seeing. Seeing is limited by two borders: strong light, which blinds, and total darkness. Perhaps that was what motivated Sabina's distaste for all extremism. Extremes mean borders beyond which life ends, and a passion for extremism, in art and in politics, is a veiled longing for death.
("The Unbearable Lightness of Being")
More Quotes from Milan Kundera:No great movement designed to change the world can bear to be laughed at or belittled. Mockery is a rust that corrodes all it touches.
Culture is perishing in overproduction, in an avalanche of words, in the madness of quantity.
Fidelity gives a unity to lives that would otherwise splinter into thousands of split-second impressions.
Let us consider the critic, therefore, as a discoverer of discoveries.
The day after his father left, Franz and his mother went into town together, and as they left home Franz noticed that her shoes did not match. He was in a quandary: he wanted to point out the mistake, but was afraid he would hurt her. So, during the two hours they spent walking through the city together he kept his eyes focused on her feet. It was then he had his first inkling of what it means to suffer.
No matter how brutal life becomes, peace always reign in the cemetery.
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