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Milan Kundera
(1929-____) born on
Apr 1
Czech novelist, playwright, poet. He wrote various works combining erotic comedy with political criticism.
         
   
F
The serial number of a human specimen is the face, that accidental and unrepeatable combination of features. It reflects neither character nor soul, nor what we call the self. The face is only the serial number of a specimen.

R
I think, therefore I am is the statement of an intellectual who underrates toothaches.
A
A novel that does not uncover a hitherto unknown segment of existence is immoral. Knowledge is the novel's only morality.
N
Nothing requires a greater effort of thought than arguments to justify the rule of non-thought.
K
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.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Immortality, pt. 1, ch. 3 (1991).
R: Immortality, pt. 4, ch. 11 (1991).
A: New York Review of Books (19 July 1984).
N: The Bear, in Immortality, pt. 3, "The Brilliant Ally of His Own Gravediggers" (1991).
K: Kostka, in The Joke, pt. 6, ch. 18 (1967; tr. 1982).
   


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