"No great movement designed to change the world can bear to be laughed at or belittled. Mockery is a rust that corrodes all it touches."
"Great minds discuss ideas average minds discuss events small minds discuss people."Milan Kundera on Eleanor Roosevelt
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."Milan Kundera on Albert Einstein
"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them."Milan Kundera on William Shakespeare
"One sees great things from the valley only small things from the peak."Milan Kundera on Gilbert K. Chesterton
"All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope."Milan Kundera on Winston Churchill
"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."