Quotation by Milan Kundera

Optimism is the opium of the people.
Milan Kundera (b. 1929), Czech author, critic. The Joke, pt. 3, ch. 3 (1967, trans. 1982).

The line, written by Ludvik on a postcard, was used by the Party as incriminating evidence against him, though it was only meant as "a joke."
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