Vaclav Havel Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Vaclav Havel quotes, Vaclav Havel sayings, and Vaclav Havel proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

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
Sometimes I wonder if suicides aren't in fact sad guardians of the meaning of life. Vaclav Havel
Sometimes I wonder if suicides aren't in fact sad guardians of the meaning of life. Vaclav Havel
Lying can never save us from another lie. Vaclav Havel
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. Vaclav Havel
Sober perseverance is more effective than enthusiastic emotions, which are all too capable of being transferred, with little difficulty, to something different each day. 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
Communism was overthrown by life, by thought, by dignity. Vaclav Havel
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
The salvation of the world lies in the human heart. Vaclav Havel
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. Vaclav Havel
The award is destined for scientists who do not fear to touch on some of the darkest aspects of being without betraying what they have achieved. On the contrary, they head in this direction. Vaclav Havel
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. Vaclav Havel
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
The Gypsies are a litmus test not of democracy but of civil society. Vaclav Havel
We live in the postmodern world, where everything is possible and almost nothing is certain. Vaclav Havel
Drama assumes an order. If only so that it might have. By disrupting that order. A way of surprising. Vaclav Havel
It is not enough to stare up the steps, we must step up the stairs. Vaclav Havel
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. Vaclav Havel