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Unbearable Lightness Quotes


"Simplify, then add lightness." - Colin Chapman

"Simplify and add lightness" - Colin Chapman

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

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

"Simplicate and add more lightness." - Bill Stout

"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

"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

"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

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

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

"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

"This is unbearable how I talk." - Mandy Patinkin

"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

"The only reaction against an unbearable society is equally unbearable nonsense." - Kathy Acker

"All ballet galas are unbearable, but they're unbearable in different ways." - Robert Gottlieb

"Civilization is unbearable, but it is less unbearable at the top." - Timothy Leary

"In lightness the root is lost. In haste the ruler is lost." - Laozi

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

"Can it be chat modesty may more betray Our sense than woman's lightness?" - William Shakespeare

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

"A home filled with nothing but yourself. It's heavy, that lightness. It's crushing, that emptiness." - Margaret Atwood

"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

"Forgiveness gives you back the laughter and the lightness in your life." - Joan Lunden

"Humour is the best way to make the unbearable bearable." - Mary Ann Shaffer

"With him, life was routine; without him, life was unbearable." - Harper Lee

"The shortest distance between two points is often unbearable." - Charles Bukowski

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

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

"Solitude is unbearable for those who can not bear themselves." - John Lancaster Spalding

"Just remember... life without me would be even more unbearable." - Anne Rice

"Life is absolutely unbearable. And we're going to die." - Marjane Satrapi

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

"I can be unbearable sometimes asking for so many takes." - Alejandro Gonzalez Inarri

"Television has made dictatorship impossible but democracy unbearable." - Shimon Peres

"Life is bearable even when it's unbearable: that is what's so terrible, that is the unbearable thing about it." - Geoff Dyer

"Comedy is what happens when you cross the dateline from the unbearable. Things become so unbearable they become a joke." - Robyn Hitchcock

"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

"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

"Learn to laugh. Seriousness is a sin, and it is a disease. Laughter has tremendous beauty, a lightness. It will bring lightness to you, and it will give you wings to fly." - Rajneesh

"I wanted to show how lightness was possible in the 1960s, but how life is more difficult in the 2000s." - Christophe Honore

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

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

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

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

"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

"With time the unbearable becomes shocking, becomes sad, and finally becomes poignant." - Rosanne Cash

"Songs are usually unfit for whistling - indeed, whistling (except to the person doing it) is unbearable ..." - Anne Bosworth Greene

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

"I love the word warm. It is almost unbearable- so moist and breathlike." - Anne Sexton

"When pain is unbearable it destroys us; when it does not it is bearable." - Marcus Aurelius

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

"For nothing is more unbearable, once one has it, than freedom." - James A Baldwin

"If goodness can't come from bad things, it makes bad things unbearable." - David Levithan

"Until we know that we can bear the unbearable, we're always running scared." - Ram Dass

"If one seeks relief from unbearable pressure, one is to eat hashish." - Friedrich Nietzsche

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

"I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable." - Oscar Wilde

"His eyes flashed open. "Is it so unbearable to have me love you? Is that it?" - Stephenie Meyer

"You endure what is unbearable, and you bear it. That is all." - Cassandra Clare

"Good stories must travel through conflict. And in epic stories, the conflict must become unbearable." - Donald Miller

"Where something becomes extremely difficult and unbearable, there we also stand already quite near its transformation." - Rainer Maria Rilke

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

"But on the whole, nothing requires unbearable energy for me, it's just a normal thing" - Isabelle Huppert

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

"I find it unbearable to need a body in order to exist." - Cees Nooteboom

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

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

"Suffering is unbearable if you aren't certain that God is for you and with you." - Timothy Keller

"Ingrown anger is like an ingrown hair. The pain it creates in life is unbearable." - Harbhajan Singh Yogi

"It was unbearable, and he thought again, 'How unhappy I am!' and became happier." - E M Forster

"When I don't understand, I have an unbearable itch to know why." - Robert A Heinlein

"Don't think about it. Don't think about what could have been. It's too unbearable." - Sophie Kinsella

"I was supposed to choose apractical profession, but this was simply unbearable to me." - Albert Einstein

"Suffering is unbearable if you are' certain that God is for you and with you." - Timothy Keller

"When I do' understand, I have an unbearable itch to know why." - Robert A Heinlein

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

"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

"When I don't understand, I have an unbearable itch to know why." - Robert A Heinlein

"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

"The happiness which is lacking makes one think even the happiness one has unbearable." - Joseph Roux

"My mother liked Jim Reeves. I hated his records. He was unbearable." - Diane Abbott

"When you've suffered a great deal in life, each additional pain is both unbearable and trifling." - Yann Martel

"But on the whole, nothing requires unbearable energy for me, it's just a normal thing." - Isabelle Huppert

"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

"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

"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

"Around and around the house the leaves fall thick, but never fast, for they come circling down with a dead lightness that is sombre and slow." - Charles Dickens

"[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

"Around and around the house the leaves fall thick, but never fast, for they come circling down with a dead lightness that is somber and slow." - Charles Dickens

"As an actor, I'm constantly striving to find the darkness in the lighter characters and the lightness in the darker characters." - Joel Edgerton

"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

"Worry - a God, invisible but omnipotent. It steals the bloom from the cheek and lightness from the pulse; it takes away the appetite, and turns the hair gray." - Benjamin Disraeli

"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

"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

"...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

"Contemplating the suffering which is unbearable to us, and is unbearable to others, too, can produce awake mind, which arises from the compassion that wishes to free all living beings from suffering." - Dalai Lama

"Is the world so unbearable? No! What we need is only a little more love for the world." - Sri Chinmoy

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

"London used to be reasonably priced, clean, and a decent place to live. These days it's polluted and utterly unbearable" - Munir Butt

"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

"I'm extremely unbearable. You know, I'm narcissistic and at the same time I'm very charming - I think." - Marjane Satrapi

"Grace: The idea was immediately unbearable, only because I wanted it to be true so badly it hurt" - Maggie Stiefvater

"It is no tragedy to do ungrateful people favors, but it is unbearable to be indebted to a scoundrel." - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

"When your spirit is heavy, when your heart is broken, when your burdens seem unbearable - trust Him. Look to Him." - Anne Graham Lotz

"If we had to tolerate in others all that we permit in ourselves, life would become completely unbearable." - Georges Courteline

"I don't think so, I don't agree. The most unbearable thing I think by far, she said, is hope." - Aimee Bender

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

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

"Widowhood imposed by religion or custom is an unbearable yoke and defiles the home by secret vice and degrades religion." - Mahatma Gandhi

"I suppose the word "unbearable" is a lie by definition. Unless you kill yourself immediately after using it." - Glen Duncan

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

"If it was necessary to tolerate in other people everything that one permits oneself, life would be unbearable." - Georges Courteline

"I love us so incredibly, insanely deeply; it's almost unbearable to see what we do to ourselves." - Alice Walker

"I was going through a crisis once, so I went to therapy because I was so unbearable for myself." - Irrfan Khan

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

"Fozzie Bear has so many bear puns in this script - like, 'Trac is grizzly!' 'This is unbearable!' It's the greatest." - Jason Segel

"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

"All we have to face in the future is what has happened in the past. It is unbearable." - Maeve Brennan

"I have seen what a laugh can do. It can transform almost unbearable tears into something bearable, even hopeful." - Bob Hope

"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

"... 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

"Forgetting: that is a divine capacity. And whoever aspires to the heights and wants to fly must cast off much that is heavy and make himself light-I call it a divine capacity for lightness." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"Look at your own mind. The one who carries things thinks he's got things, but the one who looks on sees only the heaviness. Throw away things, lose them, and find lightness." - Ajahn Chah

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"Ask yourself: Is there joy, ease and lightness in what i'm doing? If there isn't then time is covering up the present moment, and life is perceived as a burden or a struggle." - Eckhart Tolle

"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

"Somewhere in the trash he reads Martland has read that heavy men walk with surprising lightness and grace; as a result he trips about like a portly elf hoping to be picked up by a leprechaun." - Kyril Bonfiglioli

"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

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

"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



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