My 10 favourite Milan Kundera quotes about love and life

Before my 30’s I had already read the most known books by Milan Kundera: The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, Immortality, Life is Elsewhere, Ignorance, Identity, The Joke, and Laughable Loves. Milan Kundera was and still is one of my favorite writers. Yet, in a conversation that I had with friends during the previous week, I realized that I had to reread these books. In this post, I gathered some of my favorite and most inspiring Milan Kundera quotes.


“There is no perfection only life.”

Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

“We can never know what to want, because, living only one life, we can neither compare it with our previous lives nor perfect it in our lives to come.”

Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

“The goals we pursue are always veiled. A girl who longs for marriage longs for something she knows nothing about. The boy who hankers after fame has no idea what fame is. The thing that gives our every move its meaning is always totally unknown to us.”

Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

“Chance and chance alone has a message for us. Everything that occurs out of necessity, everything expected, repeated day in and day out, is mute. Only chance can speak to us.”

Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

“There is a certain part of all of us that lives outside of time. Perhaps we become aware of our age only at exceptional moments and most of the time we are ageless.”

Milan Kundera

“Sometimes you make up your mind about something without knowing why, and your decision persists by the power of inertia. Every year it gets harder to change.”

Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

“[W]e must never allow the future to collapse under the burden of memory.”

Milan Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

“Happiness is the longing for repetition.”

Milan Kundera

“Without realizing it, the individual composes his life according to the laws of beauty even in times of greatest distress.”

Milan Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

“Perhaps we become aware of our age only at exceptional moments and most of the time we are ageless.”

Milan Kundera, Immortality


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