"True human goodness, in all its purity and freedom, can come to the fore only when its recipient has no power."
"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."Milan Kundera on Abraham Lincoln
"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."Milan Kundera on Margaret Thatcher
"Knowledge will give you power, but character respect."Milan Kundera on Bruce Lee
"All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth."Milan Kundera on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character is power."Milan Kundera on Booker T. Washington
"He took over anger to intimidate subordinates, and in time anger took over him."
"Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it."
"The novelist teaches the reader to comprehend the world as a question. There is wisdom and tolerance in that attitude. In a world built on sacrosanct certainties the novel is dead."
"How goodness heightens beauty!"
"Without realizing it, the individual composes his life according to the laws of beauty even in times of greatest distress."
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