Putting it negatively, the myth of eternal return states that a life which disappears once and for all, which does not return, is like a shadow, without weight, dead in advance, and whether it was horrible, beautiful, or sublime, its horror, sublimity, and beauty mean nothing.
("The Unbearable Lightness of Being")
More Quotes from Milan Kundera:A question with no answer is a barrier that cannot be breached. In other words, it is questions with no answers that set the limits of human possibilities, describe the boundaries of human existence.
We dont know when our name came into being or how some distant ancestor acquired it. We don't understand our name at all we don't know its history, and yet we bear it with exalted fidelity. We merge with it, we like it, we are ridiculously proud of it, as if we had thought it up ourselves in a moment of brilliant inspiration.
Shit is a more onerous theological problem than is evil.
It follows, then, that the aesthetic ideal of the categorical agreement with being is a world in which shit is denied and everyone acts as though it did not exist. This aesthetic ideal is called kitsch.
Without the meditative background that is criticism, works become isolated gestures, historical accidents, soon forgotten.
A single metaphor can give birth to love.
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