Vaclav Havel Quotes & Sayings

33 most famous Vaclav Havel quotes and sayings. These are the first 10 quotes we have for him. He was a Czech leader who passed away on 18 December, 2011.

Vaclav Havel Quotes
“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 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.”
“The exercise of power is determined by thousands of interactions between the world of the powerful and that of the powerless, all the more so because these worlds are never divided by a sharp line: everyone has a small part of himself in both.”
Vaclav Havel Quotes
“Lying can never save us from another lie.”
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.”
Vaclav Havel Quotes
“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.”
Vaclav Havel Quotes
“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.”
Vaclav Havel Quotes
“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.”
Vaclav Havel Quotes
“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.”
Vaclav Havel Quotes
“What's certain is that a totalitarian enclave like Cuba's can't continue to exist, so change will definitely come there, eventually.”

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