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Vaclav Havel
(1936-2011) born on
Oct 5
Czech playwright, poet, politician. He was a prominent playwright and political dissident under communism, who eventually served as the president of Czechoslovakia, 1989-92.
         
   
F
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.

R
The salvation of this human world lies nowhere else than in the human heart, in the human power to reflect, in human meekness and human responsibility.
A
There is only one art, whose sole criterion is the power, the authenticity, the revelatory insight, the courage and suggestiveness with which it seeks its truth. . . .
N
Even a purely moral act that has no hope of any immediate and visible political effect can gradually and indirectly, over time, gain in political significance.
K
If you want to see your plays performed the way you wrote them, become President.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Disturbing the Peace, ch. 5 (1986; tr. 1990).
R: International Herald Tribune (Paris, 21 Feb. 1990).
A: Living in Truth, pt. 1, sct. 5, "Six Asides About Culture" (1986).
N: Letter, Aug. 1969, to Czech leader Alexander Dubcek. Quoted by Havel in: Disturbing the Peace, ch. 3 (1986; tr. 1990).
K: Address to Institute of Contemporary Arts, London. Quoted in: Independent (London, 24 March 1990).
   


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