"Happiness is the longing for repetition."
"Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open."Milan Kundera on John Barrymore
"Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions."Milan Kundera on Dalai Lama
"Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be."Milan Kundera on Abraham Lincoln
"I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition."Milan Kundera on Martha Washington
"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."Milan Kundera on Mahatma Gandhi
"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."