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Top 100 Václav Havel Quotes (2023 Update)

Václav Havel Quote: “Truth and love will overcome lies and hatred.”
Václav Havel Quote: “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.”
Václav Havel Quote: “Courage means going against majority opinion in the name of the truth.”
Václav Havel Quote: “It is not enough to stare up the steps, we must step up the stairs.”
Václav Havel Quote: “We live in the postmodern world, where everything is possible and almost nothing is certain.”
Václav Havel Quote: “Just as the constant increase of entropy is the basic law of the universe, so it is the basic law of life to be ever more highly structured and to struggle against entropy.”
Václav Havel Quote: “Follow the man who seeks the truth; run from the man who has found it.”
Václav Havel Quote: “Work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed.”
Václav Havel Quote: “Either we have hope within us or we don’t It is a dimension of the soul, and is not essentially dependent on some particular observation of the World or observation of the situation. Hope is not prognostication. It is an orientation of the spirit, an orientation of the heart.”
Václav Havel Quote: “The salvation of this human world lies nowhere else than in the human heart, in the human power to reflect, in human meekness and human responsibility.”
Václav Havel Quote: “Without a global revolution in the sphere of human consciousness a more humane society will not emerge.”
Václav Havel Quote: “If the world is to change for the better it must start with a change in human consciousness, in the very humanness of modern man.”
Václav Havel Quote: “Without commonly shared and widely entrenched moral values and obligations, neither the law, nor democratic government, nor even the market economy will function properly.”
Václav Havel Quote: “Hope is a state of mind, not of the world. Hope, in this deep and powerful sense, is not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously heading for success, but rather an ability to work for something because it is good.”
Václav Havel Quote: “Hope is not a feeling of certainty that everything ends well. Hope is just a feeling that life and work have a meaning.”
Václav Havel Quote: “The only lost cause is one we give up on before we enter the struggle.”
Václav Havel Quote: “Education is the ability to perceive the hidden connections between phenomena.”
Václav Havel Quote: “Without free, self-respecting, and autonomous citizens there can be no free and independent nations. Without internal peace, that is, peace among citizens and between the citizens and the state, there can be no guarantee of external peace.”
Václav Havel Quote: “Human rights are universal and indivisible. Human freedom is also indivisible: if it is denied to anyone in the world, it is therefore denied, indirectly, to all people. This is why we cannot remain silent in the face of evil or violence; silence merely encourages them.”
Václav Havel Quote: “Lying can never save us from another lie.”
Václav Havel Quote: “Responsibility is something higher than my family, my country, my firm, my success. Responsibility to the order of Being, where, and only where, they will be properly judged.”
Václav Havel Quote: “English is the ‘language of liberty’ for nations emerging from years of cultural oppression.”
Václav Havel Quote: “There are times when we must sink to the bottom of our misery to understand truth, just as we must descend to the bottom of a well to see the stars in broad daylight.”
Václav Havel Quote: “It seems to me that one of the most basic human experiences, one that is genuinely universal and unites-or, more precisely, could unite-all of humanity, is the experience of transcendence in the broadest sense of the word.”
Václav Havel Quote: “The real test of a man is not when he plays the role that he wants for himself but when he plays the role destiny has for him.”
Václav Havel Quote: “Communism was overthrown by life, by thought, by dignity.”
Václav Havel Quote: “Ideology is a specious way of relating to the world. It offers human beings the illusion of an identity, of dignity, and of morality while making it easier for them to part with them.”
Václav Havel Quote: “All human suffering concerns each human being.”
Václav Havel Quote: “Self-confidence is not pride. Just the contrary: only a person or a nation that is self-confident, in the best sense of the word, is capable of listening to others, accepting them as equals, forgiving its enemies and regretting its own guilt.”
Václav Havel Quote: “By perceiving ourselves as part of the river, we take responsibility for the river as a whole.”
Václav Havel Quote: “We must not be afraid of dreaming the seemingly impossible if we want the seemingly impossible to become a reality.”
Václav Havel Quote: “Without free, self-respecting, and autonomous citizens there can be no free and independent nations.”
Václav Havel Quote: “I am not an optimist, because I am not sure that everything ends well. Nor am I a pessimist, because I am not sure that everything ends badly. I just carry hope in my heart.”
Václav Havel Quote: “When a truth is not given complete freedom, freedom is not complete.”
Václav Havel Quote: “There is only one thing I will not concede: that it might be meaningless to strive in a good cause.”
Václav Havel Quote: “Whether all is really lost or not depends entirely on whether or not I am lost.”
Václav Havel Quote: “I am convinced that we will never build a democratic state based on rule of law if we do not at the same time build a state that is-regardless of how unscientific this may sound to the ears of a political scientist-humane, moral, intellectual and spiritual, and cultural.”
Václav Havel Quote: “I feel that the dormant goodwill in people needs to be stirred. People need to hear that it makes sense to behave decently or to help others, to place common interests above their own, to respect the elementary rules of human coexistence.”
Václav Havel Quote: “The Declaration of Independence states the the Creator gave man the right to liberty. It seems man can realize that liberty only if he does not forget the One who endowed him with it.”
Václav Havel Quote: “Hope is the deep orientation of the human soul that can be held at the darkest times.”
Václav Havel Quote: “Human rights, human freedoms, and human dignity have their deepest roots somewhere outside the perceptible world. These values are as powerful as they are because, under certain circumstances, people accept them without compulsion and are willing to die for them.”
Václav Havel Quote: “The tragedy of modern man is not that he knows less and less about the meaning of his own life, but that it bothers him less and less.”
Václav Havel Quote: “The salvation of the world lies in the human heart.”
Václav Havel Quote: “Those that say that individuals are not capable of changing anything are only looking for excuses.”
Václav Havel Quote: “Sometimes I wonder if suicides aren’t in fact sad guardians of the meaning of life.”
Václav Havel Quote: “Isn’t it the moment of most profound doubt that gives birth to new certainties? Perhaps hopelessness is the very soil that nourishes human hope; perhaps one could never find sense in life without first experiencing its absurdity.”
Václav Havel Quote: “There can be no doubt that distrust of words is less harmful than unwarranted trust in them.”
Václav Havel Quote: “Evil must be confronted in its womb and, if it can’t be done otherwise, then it has to be dealt with by the use of force.”
Václav Havel Quote: “Ownership is not a vice, not something to be ashamed of, but rather a commitment, and an instrument by which the general good can be served.”
Václav Havel Quote: “In any case, ideals are something we strive for; they are somewhere on the horizon of our efforts; they provide meaning and direction; they are not, however, static quotas that we either fulfill or do not.”
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