"The exercise of power is determined by thousands of interactions between the world of the powerful and that of the powerless, all the more so because these worlds are never divided by a sharp line: everyone has a small part of himself in both."
"If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right."Vaclav Havel on Henry Ford
"A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus."Vaclav Havel on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership."Vaclav Havel on Nelson Mandela
"A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves."Vaclav Havel on Lao Tzu
"Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership."Vaclav Havel on Colin Powell
"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."