Milan Kundera Quotes (125 quotes)
“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring — it was peace.”
As quoted in The Canine Hiker's Bible (2000) by Doug Gelbert, p. 8
“The difference between the university graduate and the autodidact lies not so much in the extent of knowledge as in the extent of vitality and self-confidence.”
Oeuvre (Gallimard, 2011 edition), p. 1183. Originally in French: "Ce qui distingue l'autodidacte de celui qui a fait des études..."
As quoted in: Forbes, Volume 177, Issues 7-13, 2006, p. 214
“The brain appears to possess a special area which we might call poetic memory and which records everything that charms or touches us, that makes our lives beautiful.”
The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1984)
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Born: April 1, 1929 (age 89)
Bio: Milan Kundera is the Czech Republic's most recognised living writer. Of Czech origin, he has lived in exile in France since 1975, having become a naturalised citizen in 1981. Having written in both Czech and French, he revises the French translations of all his books; these therefore are not considered translations but original works.
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