Top 10 Quotes by Vaclav Havel

Vaclav Havel

Human beings are compelled to live within a lie, but they can be compelled to do so only because they are in fact capable of living in this way. Therefore not only does the system alienate humanity, but at the same time alienated humanity supports this system as its own involuntary master plan, as a degenerate image of its own degeneration, as a record of people's own failure as individuals.

Vaclav Havel
We must come to understand the deep mutual connection or kinship between the various forms of our spirituality. We must recollect our original spiritual and moral substance, which grew out of the same essential experience of humanity. I believe that this is the only way to achieve a genuine renewal of our sense of responsibility for ourselves and for the world. And at the same time, it is the only way to achieve a deeper understanding among cultures that will enable them to work together in a truly ecumenical way to create a new order for the world.
Vaclav Havel

I believe that during the intervention of NATO in Kosovo there is an element nobody can question: the air attacks, the bombs, are not caused by a material interest. Their character is exclusively humanitarian: What is at stake here are the principles, human rights which have priority above state sovereignty. This makes it legitimate to attack the Yugoslav Federation, although without the United Nations mandate.

Vaclav Havel
Courage means going against majority opinion in the name of the truth.
Vaclav Havel

The hope of the world lies in the rehabilitation of the living human being, not just the body but also the soul.

Vaclav Havel
A genuinely fundamental and hopeful improvement in "systems" cannot happen without a significant shift in human consciousness.
Vaclav Havel

It lies in human nature that where you experience your first laughs, you also remember the age kindly.

Vaclav Havel
Those that say that individuals are not capable of changing anything are only looking for excuses.
Vaclav Havel

Without the constantly living and articulated eperience of absurdity, there would be no reason to attempt to do something meaningful. And on the contrary, how can one experience one's own absurdity if one is not constantly seeking meaning?

Vaclav Havel
For 15 years the Government of Burma (Myanmar) has refused to implement recommendations made by the UN and the situation is getting worse,