"Hope is a state of mind, not of the world. Hope, in this deep and powerful sense, is not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously heading for success, but rather an ability to work for something because it is good."
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."Vaclav Havel on Edmund Burke
"It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come."Vaclav Havel on Dalai Lama
"If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed."Vaclav Havel on Albert Einstein
"Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart."Vaclav Havel on Anne Frank
"When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion."Vaclav Havel on Abraham Lincoln
"It lies in human nature that where you experience your first laughs, you also remember the age kindly."
"The attempt to devote oneself to literature alone is a most deceptive thing, and often, paradoxically, it is literature that suffers for it."
"If we are to change our world view, images have to change. The artist now has a very important job to do. He's not a little peripheral figure entertaining rich people, he's really needed."
"What's certain is that a totalitarian enclave like Cuba's can't continue to exist, so change will definitely come there, eventually."
"The deeper the experience of an absence of meaning - in other words, of absurdity - the more energetically meaning is sought."
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