When a private talk over a bottle of wine is broadcast on the radio, what can it mean but that the world is turning into a concentration camp?
("The Unbearable Lightness of Being")
More Quotes from Milan Kundera:Then there is the third category, the category of people who need to be constantly before the eyes of the person they love. Their situation is a dangerous as the situation in the first category. One day the eyes of their beloved will close, and the room will go dark.
I think I am a much better actor than I have allowed myself to be.
Solitude a sweet absence of looks.
Flirting is a promise of sexual intercourse without a guarantee.
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.
He took over anger to intimidate subordinates, and in time anger took over him.
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