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Unbearable Lightness Of Being Quotes


"Her drama was a drama not of heaviness but of lightness. What fell to her lot was not the burden but the unbearable lightness of being." - Milan Kundera

"The world goes on as before, and it turns out that nobody else seems to to notice the unbearable lightness of being." - Lewis H Lapham

"I'm not the smartest guy in the world, but I'm certainly not the dumbest. I mean, I've read books like "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" and "Love in the Time of Cholera", and I think I've understood them. They're about girls, right? Just kidding. But I have to say my all-time favorite book is Johnny Cash's autobiography "Cash" by Johnny Cash." - Nick Hornby

"The condition of being an actress can be unbearable." - Julie Delpy

"When we want to give expression to a dramatic situation in our lives, we tend to use metaphors of heaviness. We say that something has become a great burden to us. We either bear the burden or fail and go down with it, we struggle with it, win or lose. And Sabina - what had come over her? Nothing. She had left a man because she felt like leaving him. Had he persecuted her? Had he tried to take revenge on her? No. Her drama was a drama not of heaviness but of lightness. What fell to her lot was not the burden, but the unbearable lightness of being." - Milan Kundera

"Everything we choose in life for its lightness soon reveals its unbearable weight." - Richard Serra

"I'm not the smartest guy in the world, but I'm certainly not the dumbest. I mean, I"ve read books like "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" and "Love in the Time of Cholera", and I think I"ve understood them. They"re about girls, right? Just kidding. But I have to say my all-time favorite book is Johnny Cash's autobiography "Cash" by Johnny Cash." - Nick Hornby

"In Rome, I really wanted an Audrey Hepburn Roman Holiday experience, but the Trevi Fountain was crowded, there was a McDonald's at the base of the Spanish Steps, and the ruins smelled like cat pee because of all the strays. The same thing happened in Prague, where I'd been yearning for some of the bohemianism of The Unbearable Lightness of Being. But no, there were no fabulous artists, no guys who looked remotely like a young Daniel Day-Lewis. I saw this one mysterious-looking guy reading Sartre in a cafe, but then his cell phone rang and he started talking in aloud Texan twang." - Gayle Forman

"As a general proposition, campaigns do not linger on the vice presidential nominee. When they have, it's always meant very bad news for the ticket. Think of Spiro Agnew's foot-in-mouth disease; Tom Eagleton's medical history; the real estate holdings of Geraldine Ferraro's husband; the unbearable lightness of Dan Quayle; Sarah Palin's reading list." - Jeff Greenfield

"While sincerity is to carry the weight of knowledge in the self, it is also to be the lightness of being clean." - John de Ruiter

"Being free brings a lightness, a carefree surrender to all that is happening around you, and, above all, an acceptance of reality." - Deepak Chopra

"I fell in love. It felt exactly like a fall, a head-over-heels tumble into a state of unbearable lightness. The earth tilted on its axis. I did not believe in romantic love at the time, thinking it a human construct, an invention of fourteenth century Italian poets. I was as unprepared for love as I had been for goodness and beauty. Suddenly, my heart seemed swollen, too large for my chest." - Philip Yancey

"Most of life is unbearable. It's unbearable but we bear it" - Frank Beddor

"Most of life is unbearable. It's unbearable but we bear it" - Frank Beddor

"I don't get angry very often. I lose my temper rarely. And when I do, there's always a legitimate cause. Normally I have a great lightness of being. I take things in a very happy, amused way." - Julia Roberts

"Self-pity is essentially humorless, devoid of that lightness of touch which gives understanding of life." - Anthony Powell

"the reverse side of love is unbearable loss." - Susan Abulhawa

"[Of Bernard Montgomery:] In defeat unbeatable: in victory unbearable." - Winston Churchill

"The immense beauty, the vast almost unbearable beauty of justice." - Martin Firrell

"Lightness of movement is the cardinal demand one has to make on a dancer." - Frank Thiess

"If an artist comes intuitively from the point of design, notan - lightness/darkness - is natural." - Sara Genn

"The new architecture of transparency and lightness comes from Japan and Europe." - Arthur Erickson

"I talk about very serious human affairs but with a lightness of heart." - Robert Fulghum

"O, sorrow! Why dost borrow Heart's lightness from the merriment of May?" - John Keats

"Simplify, then add lightness." - Colin Chapman

"Simplify and add lightness" - Colin Chapman

"Simplicate, and add lightness!" - William Bushnell Stout

"I didn't see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life." - Steve Jobs

"I find waiting unbearable because it makes me passive and negates me. I hate being nothing." - Kathy Acker

"Everything that I have professionally, and so much of what I have personally, is because of this great, fair city, and to see it being drowned like this is almost unbearable." - Harry Connick Jr

"I take pride in never being rude to anyone on this earth, which contains a great number of unbearable villains who set upon you to recount their sufferings and even recite their poems." - Heinrich Heine

"Is it possible to love so desperately that life is unbearable? I don't mean unrequited, I mean being in the love. In the midst of it and desperate. Because knowing it will end, because everything does. End." - Peter Heller

"I saw a girl complaining that the pain of not being seen was unbearable... Now I have perfect understanding. I have already experienced the worst. After this, there is no worse possible thing." - Amy Tan

"The burden of life is from ourselves, its lightness from the grace of Christ and the love of God." - William Bernard Ullathorne

"My lifelong ambition has been to unite the utmost seriousness of question with the utmost lightness of form." - Milan Kundera

"My all-time favourite classic use of ricotta is in gnudi: fluffy, cheesy dumplings of almost ethereal, feathery lightness." - Yotam Ottolenghi

"The process of growth is, it seems, the art of falling down. Growth is measured by the gentleness and awareness with which we once again pick ourselves up, the lightness with which we dust ourselves off, the openness with which we continue and take the next unknown step, beyond our edge, beyond our holding, into the remarkable mystery of being." - Stephen Levine

"I have not only found good health, but perfect health; I have found a new state of being, a potentiality of life; a sense of lightness and cleanness and joyfulness, such as I did not know could exist in the human body." - Upton Sinclair

"To offer no resistance to life is to be in a state of grace, ease, and lightness. This state is then no longer dependent upon things being in a certain way, good or bad. It seems almost paradoxical, yet when your inner dependency on form is gone, the general conditions of your life, the outer forms, tend to improve greatly." - Eckhart Tolle

"The older I get, the more I think lightness of touch is an incredibly difficult thing to do." - Peter Capaldi

"To offer no resistance to life is to be in a state of grace, ease, and lightness." - Eckhart Tolle

"Mozart didn't need a scheme for his music. He played and sang with the heavenly lightness of a child." - Joseph Goebbels

"The fire was followed by a period of grieving and then by an incredible lightness, freedom, and mobility." - Martin Puryear

"Simplicate and add more lightness." - Bill Stout

"Of all things I find most unbearable is the injustice of one generation to another." - Joyce Cary

"To some extent I'm guilty of wishful thinking. The absence of the interstitial I find unbearable." - William Gibson

"I know things are unbearable but in spite of that we have to bear them." - Margaret Mahy

"Of all the unbearable nuisances, the ignoramus that has traveled is the worst." - Kin Hubbard

"To not have your suffering recognized is an almost unbearable form of violence." - Andrei Lankov

"Once the joy of intimacy with God has been experienced, life becomes unbearable without it." - J. Oswald Sanders

"The thought that our lives are the source of other people's unhappiness, that's plain unbearable." - Naoki Higashida

"The art we need is the art of bearing the unbearable." - Thomas Bernhard

"Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose." - Viktor E Frankl

"Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable." - George Bernard Shaw

"That which makes the vanity of others unbearable to us is that which wounds our own." - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

"The book is an unbearable totality. I write against a background of facets." - Edmond Jabes

"We now demand the light artillery of the intellect; we need the curt, the condensed, the pointed, the readily diffused - in place of the verbose, the detailed, the voluminous, the inaccessible. On the other hand, the lightness of the artillery should not degenerate into pop-gunnery - by which term we may designate the character of the greater portion of the newspaper press - their sole legitimate object being the discussion of ephemeral matters in an ephemeral manner." - Edgar Allan Poe

"The heaviest of burdens is simultaneously an image of life's most intense fullfillment. The heavier the burden, the closer our lives come to the earth, the more real and truthful they become. Conversely, the absolute absence of a burden causes man to be lighter than air, to soar into new heights, take leave of the earth and his earthly being, and become only half real, his movements as free as they are insignificant. What then shall we choose? Weight or lightness?" - Milan Kundera

"Lightness, jesting, and joking, can only be indulged at the expense of barrenness of soul, and the loss of the favor of God." - Ellen G White

"He that negotiates between God and man, As God's ambassador, the grand concerns Of judgment and of mercy, should beware Of lightness in his speech." - William Cowper

"[Heraclitus' language] dispenses with lightness and artificial decoration, foremost out of disgust for humanity and out of [his own] defiant feeling." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"The increasing size of the apparatus makes the construction more difficult in securing lightness in the machine; therefore the building of small apparatus is to be recommended." - Otto Lilienthal

"When you understand the roots of anger in yourself and in the other, your mind will enjoy true peace, joy and lightness" - Nhat Hanh

"The infinity of this vacancy, the pervasive pain, the longing for some spirit, some lightness, some joy - that's all that is left." - Martha Manning

"All the characters I play are all inside of me in a way, and they're all different, the darkness, the lightness, whatever that is." - Alexander Skarsgard

"People can have a variety of concerns at the same time. Even those undergoing grave or traumatic experiences will acknowledge the need for lightness or even entertainment." - Susan Minot

"Organic buildings are the strength and lightness of the spiders' spinning, buildings qualified by light, bred by native character to environment, married to the ground." - Frank Lloyd Wright

"no one who has seen an angel ever mistakes it for a ghost. Angels are remarkable for their warmth and light, and all who see them speak in awe of their irridescent and refulgent light, of brilliant colors, or else of the unbearable whiteness of their being. You are flooded with laughter, happiness." - Sophy Burnham

"Horace, when you get older, try to avoid being saddled with an apprentice. Not only are they a damned nuisance, but apparently they constantly feel the need to get the better of their masters. They're bad enough when they're learning. But when they graduate, they become unbearable. [The Kings of Clonmel Pg.268]" - John Flanagan

"Horace, when you get older, try to avoid being saddled with an apprentice. Not only are they a damned nuisance, but apparently they constantly feel the need to get the better of their masters. They"re bad enough when they"re learning. But when they graduate, they become unbearable. [The Kings of Clonmel Pg.268]" - John Flanagan

"To be on an island inhabited by artificial ghosts was the most unbearable of nightmares,- to be in love with one of those images was worse than being in love with a ghost (perhaps we always want the person we love to have the existenceof a ghost)." - Adolfo Bioy Casares

"I was paralyzed with fear. It was unbearable to be among other kids who were just standing around being fine. It was one of the many inconveniences of this paradox I lived with -the more people I was surrounded by, the more frighteningly alone I felt." - Sarah Silverman

"The first five minutes in Gramacho is really overwhelming because all of your senses are being attacked. Visually, too, because your eyes move and see fragments of things you recognize, but not quite, so it's very artistic. Your eyes are moving, then there's the smell, and the noise is unbearable." - Vik Muniz

"Washington has seldom seen so numerous, so industrious or so insidious a lobby. There is every evidence that money without limit is being spent to sustain this lobby.... I know that in this I am speaking for the members of the two houses, who would rejoice as much as I would to be released from this unbearable situation." - Woodrow Wilson

"If you are destined to become a writer, you can't help it. If you can help it, you aren't destined to become a writer. The frustrations and disappointments, not even to mention the unspeakable loneliness, are too unbearable for anyone who doesn't have a deep sense of being unable to avoid writing." - Donald Harington

"Objects should not touch because they are not alive. You use them, put them back in place, you live among them: they are useful, nothing more. But they touch me, it is unbearable. I am afraid of being in contact with them as though they were living beasts." - Jean-Paul Sartre

"But the human body has an enormous capacity for adjusting to trying circumstances. I have found that one can bear the unbearable if one can keep one's spirits strong even when one's body is being tested. Strong convictions are the secret of surviving deprivation; your spirit can be full even when your stomach is empty." - Nelson Mandela

"I think summer, at least as I've experienced it, can be joyous but it can also be tough emotionally. Physically, it can be hot to the point of being unbearable and I think you want to capture that frustration, but also the release." - Rostam Batmanglij

"It's not easy to find a topic. Talking of home is painful. Talking of the present unbearable." - Suzanne Collins

"If a man wishes to rid himself of a feeling of unbearable oppression, he may have to take hashish." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"...she merely wished to find a way out of the maze. She knew that she had become a burden to him: she took things too seriously, turning everything into a tragedy, and failed to grasp the lightness and amusing insignificance of physical love. How she wished she could learn lightness! She yearned for someone to help her out of her anachronistic shell." - Milan Kundera

"My mum taught me how to read before I went to kindergarden, I always thought that being able to read provided lightness, help to dispel darkness, ignorance and stupidity." - Michael Moore

"My mum taught me how to read before I went to kindergarden, I always thought that being able to read provided lightness, help to dispel darkness and ignorance stupidity." - Michael Moore

"A heart full of courage and cheerfulness needs a little danger from time to time, or the world gets unbearable." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"A man of genius is unbearable, unless he possesses at least two things besides: gratitude and purity." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"I think bullying of anybody, whether they're gay or straight or anything in high school is unbearable." - Chelsea Handler

"So much of growing up is an unbearable waiting. A constant longing for another time. Another season." - Sonia Sanchez

"When we don't speak, said Edgar, we become unbearable, and when we do, we make fools of ourselves." - Herta Muller

"There are too many heavy songs out nowadays. music has been getting too heavy, almost to the state of unbearable." - Jimi Hendrix

"To die is poignantly bitter, but the idea of having to die without having lived is unbearable." - Erich Fromm

"There is that might-have-been which is the single rock we cling to above the maelstrom of unbearable reality." - William Faulkner

"To take part in this brothel through the payment of my taxes, that had become to me unbearable." - Yannick Noah

"I think lightness has to come from a very deep place if it's true lightness." - Alicia Silverstone

"The only unbearable thing is that nothing is unbearable." - Arthur Rimbaud

"Silence is the unbearable repartee." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"Life without forgiveness is unbearable." - Jack Kornfield

"Silence is the unbearable repartee." - Alexander Theroux

"There is something of the freshness of mind, of the lightness of spirit in Linne which for centuries has been linked in people's minds with the mountains of Sweden and Swedish joy in nature." - Johannes V. Jensen

"There is something of the freshness of mind, of the lightness of spirit in Linne which for centuries has been linked in people's minds with the mountains of Sweden and Swedish joy in nature." - Johannes Vilhelm Jensen

"Purgatory basically means that God can put the pieces back together again. That He can cleanse us in such a way that we are able to be with Him and can stand there in the fullness of life. Purgatory strips off from one person what is unbearable and from another the inability to bear certain things, so that in each of them a pure heart is revealed, and we can see that we all belong together in one enormous symphony of being." - Pope Benedict Xvi

"To feel overflowing love and almost unbearable compassion for all living creatures is the best way to fulfil the wishes of all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Even if for the moment you cannot actually help a sentient being in an external way, meditate on love and compassion constantly over the months and years until compassion is knit inseparably into the very fabric of your mind." - Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

"The general rule always holds good. In constitutional states liberty is a compensation of the heaviness of taxation. In despotic states the equivalent for liberty is the lightness of taxation." - Charles De Montesquieu

"but one loses, as one grows older, something of the lightness of one's dreams; one begins to take life up in both hands, and to care more for the fruit than the flower, and that is no great loss perhaps." - William Butler Yeats

"The inherent lightness or darkness of a form - its local-tone - is a given quality of all forms. It is affected by, but separate from, the light and dark areas that result from light falling on forms." - Nathan Goldstein

"It carries too great an imputation of ignorance, lightness or folly for men to quit and renounce their former tenets presently upon the offer of an argument which they cannot immediately answer." - John Locke

"Hugely enjoyable and insightfulGosling has produced the perfect combination of rigorous research and lightness of prose to create a book that will transform every reader into a super snooper." - Richard Wiseman

"I think it's necessary when you're dealing with a dark show that has explosion and violence to have defined moments of lightness and humor, even romance. It's important, and it deepens the character, of course." - Wentworth Miller

"In the New Yorker library, I have long been shelved between Nadine Gordimer and Brendan Gill; an eerie little space nestled between high seriousness of purpose and legendary lightness of touch." - Adam Gopnik

"Our errors are surely not such awfully solemn things. In a world where we are so certain to incur them in spite of all our caution, a certain lightness of heart seems healthier than this excessive nervousness on their behalf." - William James

"... there is a lightness about the feminine mind-a touch and go-music, the fine arts, that kind of thing-they should study those up to a certain point, women should; but in a light way, you know." - George Eliot

"Up in this air you breathed easily, drawing in a vital assurance and lightness of heart. In the highlands you woke up in the morning and thought: Here I am, where I ought to be." - Isak Dinesen

"That which we call wit consists much in quickness and tricks, and is so full of lightness that it seldom goes with judgment and solidity; but when they do meet, it is commonly in an honest man." - James I of England

"That which we call wit consists much in quickness and tricks, and is so full of lightness that it seldom goes with judgment and solidity; but when they do meet, it is commonly in an honest man." - King James I

"Our mission is to celebrate the greatness of Creation and connect it again to the Core where it came from and to where it will go, with care, lightness, joy, reverence and love." - Leonardo Boff

"When the asana is correct, there is lightness, a freedom. Freedom comes when every part of the body is active. Let us be free in whatever posture we are doing. Let us be full in whatever we do." - B.K.S. Iyengar

"For America today organic architecture interprets (will eventually build) this local embodiment of human freedom. This natural architecture seeks spaciousness, grace and openness; lightness and strength so completely balanced and logical that it is a new integrity..." - Frank Lloyd Wright

"Suddenly many movements are going on within me, many things are happening, there is an almost unbearable sense of sprouting, of bursting encasements, of moving kernels, expanding flesh." - Meridel Le Sueur

"The purpose of the poetry is not to dazzle us with an astonishing thought, but to make one moment of existence unforgettable and worthy of unbearable nostalgia." - Milan Kundera

"In youth the life of reason is not in itself sufficient; afterwards the life of emotion, except for short periods, becomes unbearable." - Cyril Connolly

"In the mind of a woman for whom no place is home the thought of an end to all flight is unbearable." - Milan Kundera

"Sometimes things seem so unbearable in the middle of the night, don't they? In the middle of the night, we're all such children." - Gabrielle Zevin

"If property had simply pleasures, we could stand it; but its duties make it unbearable. In the interest of the rich we must get rid of it." - Oscar Wilde

"There was a roaring in my ears and I lost track of what they were saying. I believe it was the physical manifestation of unbearable grief." - Barbara Kingsolver

"No one ever fell under the burden of the day; it is only when the burden of tomorrow is added that the load becomes unbearable." - Phillips Brooks

"You have to be very fond of men. Very, very fond. You have to be very fond of them to love them. Otherwise they're simply unbearable." - Marguerite Duras

"Thoughtful lightness can make frivolity seem dull and heavy." - Italo Calvino

"Melancholy is sadness that has taken on lightness." - Italo Calvino

"Reality is to be found in lightness and darkness." - Pablo Picasso

"A keen sense of humor helps us to overlook the unbecoming, understand the unconventional, tolerated the unpleasant, overcome the unexpected, and outlast the unbearable." - Billy Graham

"memory is both the curse of grief and the eventual talisman against it; what at first seems unbearable becomes the succor that can outlast pain." - Gail Caldwell

"The things that could be derived from the sexual sphere - happiness, endless fun and the end of capitalism - were grossly overestimated. The symbolic overglorification was downright unbearable." - Volkmar Sigusch

"It is in rugged crises, in unbearable endurance, and in aims which put sympathy out of the question, that the angel is shown." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"With whose imperfections will you bear, and what insult are you capable of enduring, if a thoughtless word from your own Superior is unbearable?" - Vincent de Paul

"The possibility of killing one's self is a safety valve. Having it, man has no right to say life is unbearable." - Leo Tolstoy

"the search for the ultimate skyscraper goes on. ... At worst, overbuilding will make urban life unbearable. At best, we will go out in a blaze of style." - Ada Louise Huxtable

"I have long considered it one of God's greatest mercies that the future is hidden from us. If it were not, life would surely be unbearable." - Eugene Forsey

"To increase desires to an unbearable level whilst making the fulfillment of them more and more inaccessible: this was the single principle upon which Western society was based." - Michel Houellebecq

"People have a tendency to become elite rather than to care about the general conditions of the society, which makes me sick. It's an unbearable condition." - Ai Weiwei

"The absence of old friends one can endure with equanimity. But even a momentary separation from anyone to whom one has just been introduced is almost unbearable." - Oscar Wilde

"The creative person finds himself in a state of turmoil, restlessness, emptiness, and unbearable frustration unless he expresses his inner life in some creative way." - Silvano Arieti

"The existential split in man would be unbearable could he not establish a sense of unity within himself and with the natural and human world outside." - Erich Fromm

"Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind." - Bertrand Russell

"Humor can help you cope with the unbearable so that you can stay on the bright side of things until the bright side actually comes along." - Allen Klein

"a self-awareness moment. All of a sudden everything he has done comes flashing into his mind, a self-criticism that is unbearable." - Philip Seymour Hoffman

"The Sarajevans have a very particular world view - a mordant wit coupled with this unbearable sadness and... truckloads of guts, you know." - Geraldine Brooks

"The moments of perfect pleasure in Johnson's songs, and the beauty of those songs, remind one that it is not the simple presence of evil that is unbearable; what is unbearable is the impossibility of reconciling the facts of evil with the beauty of the world." - Greil Marcus

"In defeat, unbeatable; in victor, unbearable" - Winston Churchill

"In defeat, unbeatable; in victory, unbearable." - Edward Marsh

"Reality, looked at steadily, is unbearable." - C S Lewis

"Loneliness is a long unbearable pain," - Dennis Nilsen



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