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Milan Kundera 1929– 
Czech novelist 

  1. The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.
    The Book of Laughter and Forgetting (1979) pt. 1, ch. 2
  2. I think, therefore I am is the statement of an intellectual who underrates toothaches.
    Immortality (1991); see Descartes
  3. The unbearable lightness of being.
    title of novel (1984)
  4. Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view) consists of its attitudes towards those who are at its mercy: animals.
    The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1984)
  5. None among us is superman enough to escape kitsch completely. No matter how we scorn it, kitsch is an integral part of the human condition.
    The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1984)