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K výročí „sametové revoluce“ – Havlovy citáty



  • „Domnívám se, že během zásahu NATO na Kosovu existuje jeden činitel, o kterém nikdo nemůže pochybovat: nálety, bomby, nejsou vyvolány hmotným zájmem. Jejich povaha je výlučně humanitární: to, co je zde ve hře, jsou principy, lidská práva, jimž je dána taková priorita, která překračuje i státní suverenitu. A to poskytuje útoku na Jugoslávskou federaci legitimitu i bez mandátu Spojených národů.“

Interview pro Le Monde (29 April 1999); tento výrok dal vzniknou orwellovskému termínu „humanitární bombardování“, který se v souvislosti s válkou v Kosovu často používá


  • What makes the Anthropic Principle and the Gaia Hypothesis so inspiring? One simple thing: Both remind us, in modern language, of what we have long suspected, of what we have long projected into our forgotten myths and perhaps what has always lain dormant within us as archetypes. That is, the awareness of our being anchored in the earth and the universe, the awareness that we are not here alone nor for ourselves alone, but that we are an integral part of higher, mysterious entities against whom it is not advisable to blaspheme. This forgotten awareness is encoded in all religions. All cultures anticipate it in various forms. It is one of the things that form the basis of man’s understanding of himself, of his place in the world, and ultimately of the world as such.“
  • „A modern philosopher once said: „Only a God can save us now.“
    Yes, the only real hope of people today is probably a renewal of our certainty that we are rooted in the earth and, at the same time, in the cosmos. This awareness endows us with the capacity for self-transcendence. Politicians at international forums may reiterate a thousand times that the basis of the new world order must be universal respect for human rights, but it will mean nothing as long as this imperative does not derive from the respect of the miracle of Being, the miracle of the universe, the miracle of nature, the miracle of our own existence. Only someone who submits to the authority of the universal order and of creation, who values the right to be a part of it and a participant in it, can genuinely value himself and his neighbors, and thus honor their rights as well. „


  • „All that (rozdělení československa)  is now long-gone — is history — and after all this time, I can not help but feel that no matter how queerly it happened then, it is a good thing that it happened. Evidently, most peoples must taste full statehood for at least a while in order to learn to cooperate with others. Czechs and Slovaks may be closer today than ever before. There is no animosity, and they are united in their goals: to fully participate in the European and global integration processes and, in their own interest, to gradually forsake some of their countries‘ sovereignty in favor of increasing influence in the life of communities vastly larger and more powerful than countries are. We live in an interconnected world, and we — Czechs and Slovaks — walk hand in hand in it. And that, of course, is what is most important.“

New Year’s Address on Czech Radio & Television (1 January 2003)

  • „Our country, if that is what we want, can now permanently radiate love, understanding, the power of the spirit and of ideas. It is precisely this glow that we can offer as our specific contribution to international politics.“

Novoroční proslov – 1990 (pořádná pravdoláskokotina 🙂 )


  • „If you want to see your plays performed the way you wrote them, become President.“

Address to the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London quoted in The Independent, London (24 March 1990) … snad si dělal srandu

  • „I think theatre should always be somewhat suspect.“
  • „Lying can never save us from another lie.“
  • „There’s always something suspect about an intellectual on the winning side.“


  • „Havel … invokes … ‚higher law‘ when he claims that ‚human rights, human freedoms . . . and human dignity have their deepest roots somewhere outside the perceptible world . . . while the state is a human creation, human beings are the creation of God.‘ He seems to be saying that NATO forces were allowed to violate international law because they acted as direct instruments of the ‚higher law‘ of God — a clear-cut case of religious fundamentalism.“

Slavoj Žižek, in „Attempts to escape the logic of capitalism“ in London Review of Books 21 (28 October 1999)


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