Ivan Klíma Quotes


A picture was a motionless record of motion. An arrested representation of life. A picture was the kiss of death pretending to possess immutability.

Man is afraid to attain what he longs for just as subconsciously he longs for what he is afraid of.

If you tell anything to a woman ... it's like putting it in the papers.

If we lose our memory we lose ourselves. Forgetting is one of the symptoms of death. Without memory we cease to be human beings.

Justice was revenge wrapping itself in a cloak of high principle.

The world is like an enormous set of scales. When evil begins to outweigh good angels cram themselves in on the lighter side. You can't see them but there they are restoring the balance.

To destroy is easier than to create and that is why so many people are ready to demonstrate against what they reject. But what would they say if one asked them what they wanted instead?

Graveyards remind us of the vanity of all human endeavour.

Fear is the touch of death death reminding us of its existence.

I realised the amazing power of literature and of the human imagination generally: to make the dead live and to stop the living from dying.

..the writer's obsession - the desire to know and communicate or rather to know everything so as to communicate with the greatest degree of precision.