VACLAV HAVEL QUOTES

“Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense regardless of how it turns out.”

“Truth and love must prevail over lies and hatred.”

“Genuine politics is simply the process of deciding who gets what, when, and how.”

“The salvation of this human world lies nowhere else than in the human heart, in the human power to reflect, in human meekness and in human responsibility.”

“Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.”

“Hope is the certainty that life has a meaning, no matter how it is.”

“The deeper the experience of an absence of meaning – in other words, of absurdity – the more energetically meaning is sought.”

“The more we witness our own suffering, the more we can feel the suffering of others.”

“The tragedy of modern man is not that he knows less and less about the meaning of his own life, but that he bothers less and less about it.”

“The separation of politics from ethics, law, and morality is a sin that the West has committed.”

“Without free, self-respecting, and autonomous citizens, there can be no free and independent nations.”

“Aim higher in case you fall short.”

“Truth is not a matter of taste, feelings or intuition.”

“Keep the company of those who seek the truth, but run from those who have found it.”

“Work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed.”

“Human rights are universal, indivisible, and interdependent.”

“Without free expression, democracy is a sham.”

“So long as we understand democracy as only a matter of counting votes, we are still far from understanding its essence.”

“Freedom is not the absence of commitments, but the ability to choose – and commit myself to – what is best for me.”

“Personally, I believe it is important to keep the possibility of dialogue alive. I believe there is no problem, no matter how complex or seemingly remote, that cannot be deliberated upon and solved.”

“Consciousness precedes being, and not the other way around.”

“The dissident does not operate in the realm of genuine power at all. He is not seeking power.”

“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.”

“The worst thing is that we live in a contaminated moral environment. We fell morally ill because we became used to saying something different from what we thought.”

“Faith is not a question of the existence or non-existence of God. It is believing that love without reward is valuable.”

“The salvation of this human world lies nowhere else than in the human heart, in the human power to reflect, in human meekness and in human responsibility.”

“The kind of hope I often think about (…) is something more like an expectation. It’s probably what people had in mind, at least to a significant degree, when they placed their hope in something greater than themselves.”

“Let us teach ourselves that politics begins and ends at home.”

“The world is not a problem to be solved; it is a living being to which we belong.”

“Keep the company of those who seek the truth, but beware of those who have found it.”