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Franz Kafka

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My ''fear''... is my substance, and probably the best part of me.
FRANZ KAFKA
My doubts stand in a circle around every word, I see them before I see the word, but what then! I do...
FRANZ KAFKA
Being alone has a power over me that never fails. My interior dissolves (for the time being only sup...
FRANZ KAFKA
Nervous states of the worst sort control me without pause. Everything that is not literature bores m...
FRANZ KAFKA
Don Quixote's misfortune is not his imagination, but Sancho Panza.
FRANZ KAFKA
Herr Kafka, essen Sie keine Eier." (As one and only piece of dialog K recalls from his meeting with ...
FRANZ KAFKA
In our folk nobody has any experience of youth, there’s barely even any time for being a toddler. ...
FRANZ KAFKA
sleep is the most innocent creature there is and a sleepless man
the most guilty.
FRANZ KAFKA
If there is a transmigration of souls then I am not yet on the bottom rung. My life is a hesitation ...
FRANZ KAFKA
We are sinful not merely because we have eaten of the tree of knowledge, but also because we have no...
FRANZ KAFKA
You may object that it is not a trial at all; you are quite right, for it is only a trial if I recog...
FRANZ KAFKA
The experience of life consists of the experience which the spirit has of itself in matter and as ma...
FRANZ KAFKA
Writing is a sweet, wonderful reward
FRANZ KAFKA
A stair not worn hollow by footsteps is, regarded from its own point of view, only a boring somethin...
FRANZ KAFKA
...the books we need are the kind that act upon us like a misfortune, that make us suffer like the d...
FRANZ KAFKA
I do not read advertisements - I would spend all my time wanting things
FRANZ KAFKA
You are free and that is why you are lost
FRANZ KAFKA
Persons who write a 10,000 word document and call it a brief
FRANZ KAFKA
How pathetically scanty my self-knowledge is compared with, say, my knowledge of my room. There is n...
FRANZ KAFKA
The Kafka paradox: art depends on truth, but truth, being indivisable, cannot know itself: to tell t...
FRANZ KAFKA
Just think how many thoughts a blanket smothers while one lies alone in bed, and how many unhappy dr...
FRANZ KAFKA
I never wish to be easily defined. I’d rather float over other people’s minds as something stric...
FRANZ KAFKA
Yours

(now I'm even losing my name - it was getting shorter and shorter all the time and ...
FRANZ KAFKA
From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back.
FRANZ KAFKA
I can’t think of any greater happiness than to be with you all the time, without interruption, end...
FRANZ KAFKA
Now the Sirens have a still more fatal weapon than their song, namely their silence... someone might...
FRANZ KAFKA
L'éternité, c'est long ... surtout vers la fin.
FRANZ KAFKA
It seems hard to remain a bachelor...to model your appearance and behaviour on one or two bachelors ...
FRANZ KAFKA
If it had been possible to build the Tower of Babel without climbing it, it would have been permitte...
FRANZ KAFKA
I do not read advertisements. I would spend all of my time wanting things.
FRANZ KAFKA
You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, sim...
FRANZ KAFKA
It is often safer to be in chains than to be free.
FRANZ KAFKA
A first sign of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die.
FRANZ KAFKA
Idleness is the beginning of all vice, the crown of all virtues.
FRANZ KAFKA
The limited circle is pure.
FRANZ KAFKA
All human errors are impatience, a premature breaking off of methodical procedure, an apparent fenci...
FRANZ KAFKA
Human judgment of human actions is true and void , that is to say, first true and then void.... The ...
FRANZ KAFKA
From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reac...
FRANZ KAFKA
A belief is like a guillotine, just as heavy, just as light.
FRANZ KAFKA
Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy.
FRANZ KAFKA
In any bureaucracy, paper work increases as you spend more and more time reporting on the less and l...
FRANZ KAFKA
I am a cage, in search of a bird.
FRANZ KAFKA
Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty ...
FRANZ KAFKA
For words are magical formulae. They leave finger marks be hind on the brain, which in the twinkling...
FRANZ KAFKA
As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a...
FRANZ KAFKA
By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is w...
FRANZ KAFKA
One must not cheat anyone, not even the world of its victory.
FRANZ KAFKA
In the fight between you and the world, back the world.
FRANZ KAFKA
But perhaps the enthusiastic sensibility of young women of her age also played a role. This feeling ...
FRANZ KAFKA
The true way is along a rope that is not spanned high in the air, but only just above the ground. It...
FRANZ KAFKA
It's often safer to be in chains than to be free
FRANZ KAFKA
What have I in common with Jews? I have hardly anything in common with myself
FRANZ KAFKA
The fact that our task is exactly commensurate with our life gives it the appearance of being infini...
FRANZ KAFKA
The books we need are of the kind that act upon us like a misfortune,that makes us suffer like the d...
FRANZ KAFKA
Hombro con hombro, una cadena de hermanos, una sangre no ya encerrada en la mezquina circulación de...
FRANZ KAFKA
The state we find ourselves in is sinful quite independent of guilt.
FRANZ KAFKA
If a man has his eyes bound, you can encourage him as much as you like to stare through the bandage,...
FRANZ KAFKA
People who walk across dark bridges, past saints,
with dim, small lights.
Clouds which mov...
FRANZ KAFKA
You spend too much time on ephemeras. The majority of modern books are merely wavering reflections o...
FRANZ KAFKA
In a certain sense the Good is comfortless.
FRANZ KAFKA
It is only because of their stupidity that they are able to be so sure of themselves.
FRANZ KAFKA
I am a very unhappy human being and you, dearest, simply had to be summoned to create an equilibrium...
FRANZ KAFKA
Books are a narcotic.
FRANZ KAFKA
I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us.
FRANZ KAFKA
One advantage in keeping a diary is that you become aware with reassuring clarity of the changes whi...
FRANZ KAFKA
The meaning of life is that it stops
FRANZ KAFKA
4 December. To die would mean nothing else than to surrender a nothing to the nothing, but that woul...
FRANZ KAFKA
So perhaps the best resource is to meet everything passively, to make yourself an inert mass, to sta...
FRANZ KAFKA
I have this vision: That I would finally come and find you. Scattered pieces of distance would not s...
FRANZ KAFKA
All language is but a poor translation.
FRANZ KAFKA
Please — consider me a dream.
FRANZ KAFKA
This was one time I didn't have to fight to keep my book healthy. It came easily. All those vegetabl...
BARBARA KAFKA
And the lime juice is very important, too – it brings the taste forward in the mouth.
BARBARA KAFKA
It's entirely conceivable that life's splendor surrounds us all, and always in its complete fullness...
GUSTAV KAFKA
We're not used to thinking of vegetables in creative ways, and consequently the flavors are boring.
BARBARA KAFKA