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The Unbearable Lightness of Being The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
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“Seeing is limited by two borders: Strong light, which blinds, and total darkness.”
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
“But when the strong were too weak to hurt the weak, the weak have to be strong enough to leave.
pg 75”
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
“Tomas came to this conclusion: Making love with a woman and sleeping with a woman are two separate passions, not merely different but opposite. Love does not make itself felt in the desire for copulation (a desire that extends to an infinite number of women) but in the desire for shared sleep (a desire limited to one woman).”
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
“By giving the love act a name, if only an innocent little word like, "it," he paved the way for other words, words that would reflect physical love as in a set of mirrors.”
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
“و لكن العالم كان من البشاعة بحيث ان لا احد كان يريد ان يبعث من بين الاموات”
ميلان كونديرا, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
“All this time he was sitting up in bed and looking at the woman who was lying beside him and holding his hand in her sleep. He felt an ineffable love for her. Her sleep must have been very light at the moment because she opened her eyes and gazed up at him questioningly.

“What are you looking at?” she asked.

He knew that instead of waking her he should lull her back to sleep, so he tried to come up with an answer that would plant the image of a new dream in her mind.

“I’m looking at the stars,” he said.

“Don’t say you’re looking at the stars. That’s a lie. You’re looking down.”

“That’s because we’re on an airplane. The stars are below us.”

“Oh, in an airplane,” said Tereza, squeezing his hand even tighter and falling asleep again. And Tomas knew that Tereza was looking out of the round window of an airplane flying high above the stars.”
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
tags: love
“There is nothing heavier than compassion. Not even one’s own pain weights so heavy as the pain one feels for someone, with someone, a pain intensified by the imagination and prolonged by a hundred echoes.”
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
“Kitsch" is a German word born in the middle of the sentimental nineteenth century, and from German is entered all Western languages. Repeated use, however, has obliterated its original metaphysical meaning: kitsch is the absolute denial of shit, in both the literal and figurative sense of the word; kitsch excludes everything from its purview which is essentially unacceptable in human existence.”
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
“لم يكونا متحدين بحنان إلَّا في الليل أثناء النوم. كانا يمسكان دائماً بأيديهما فتُنسى عندئذ الهاوية (هاوية ضوء النهار) التي كانت تفصل بينهما. ولكن هذه الليالي لم تكن تعطي توماس لا الوقت ولا الوسيلة لحمايتها والاعتناء بها. لذلك فهو عندما كان يراها في الصباح ينقبض قلبه ويرتجف خوفاً من أجلها: كانت تبدو حزينة ومتوعكة.”
ميلان كونديرا, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
“The senator had only one argument in his favour: his feeling. When the heart speaks, the mind finds it indecent to object. In the realm of kitsch, the dictatorship of the heart reigns supreme.”
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
“Pick me up," is the message of a person who keeps falling. Tomas kept picking her up, patiently.”
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
“He remained annoyed with himself until he realized that not knowing what he wanted was actually quite natural. We can never know what to want, because, living only one life, we can never compare it with our previous lives nor perfect it in our lives to come.”
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
“If he invited her to come, then come she would, and offer him up her life.”
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
“From tender youth we are told by father and teacher that betrayal is the most heinous offense imaginable. But what is betrayal?…Betrayal means breaking ranks and breaking off into the unknown. Sabina knew of nothing more magnificent than going off into the unknown.”
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
“What is flirtation? One might say that it is behavior leading another to believe that sexual intimacy is possible, while preventing that possibility from becoming a certainty. In other words, flirting is a promise of sexual intercourse without a guarantee.”
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
“If a mother was Sacrifice personified, then a daughter was Guilt, with no possibility of redress.”
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
“Sensuality is the total mobilization of the senses: an individual observes his partner intently, straining to catch every sound.”
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
“...There was pleasure in Paradise but no excitement.
pg 246”
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
“History is as light as individual human life, unbearably light, light as a feather, as dust swirling into the air, as whatever will no longer exist tomorrow.”
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
“Fidelity gives a unity to lives that would otherwise splinter into thousands of split-second impressions.”
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
“He suddenly felt dismayed at how little he had seen of her the last two years; he had so few opportunities to press her hands in his to stop them from trembling.”
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
“As I have pointed out before, characters are not born like people, of woman; they are born of a situation, a sentence, a metaphor containing in a nutshell a basic human possibility that the author thinks no one else has discovered or said something essential about.
But isn't it true that an author can write only about himself?”
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
“هل بالإمكان إدانة ماهو زائل ؟ إن غيوم المغيب البرتقالة تضفي على كل شيء ألق الحنين ، حتى على المقصلة”
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
“الحقد يسكر احياناً مثل الكحول”
ميلان كونديرا, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
“By revealing to Tomas her dream about jabbing needles under her fingernails, Tereza unwittingly revealed that she had gone through his desk. If Tereza had been any other woman, Tomas would never have spoken to her again. Aware of that, Tereza said to him, Throw me out! But instead of throwing her out, he seized her hand and kissed the tips of her fingers, because at that moment he himself felt the pain under her fingernails as surely as if the nerves of her fingers led straight to his own brain.

Anyone who has failed to benefit from the Devil’s gift of compassion (co-feeling) will condemn Tereza coldly for her deed, because privacy is sacred and drawers containing intimate correspondence are not to be opened. But because compassion was Tomas’s fate (or curse), he felt that he himself had knelt before the open desk drawer, unable to tear his eyes from Sabina’s letter. He understood Tereza, and not only was he incapable of being angry with her, he loved her all the more.”
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
“There are things that can be accomplished only by violence. Physical love is unthinkable without violence.”
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
“The old duality of body and soul has become shrouded in scientific terminology, and we can laugh at it as merely an obsolete prejudice.

But just make someone who has fallen in love listen to his stomach rumble, and the unity of body and soul, that lyrical illusion of the age of science, instantly fades away.”
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
“It follows, then, that the aesthetic ideal of the categorical agreement with being is a world in which shit is denied and everyone acts as though it did not exist. This aesthetic ideal is called kitsch.”
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
“There is no perfection only life..”
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
“His overriding life necessity was not love, it was his profession…He had come to medicine not by coincidence or calculation but by a deep inner desire. Insofar as it is possible to divide people into categories, the surest criterion is the deep-seated desires that orient them to one or another lifelong activity. Every Frenchman is different. But all the actors the world over are similar.”
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

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