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Quotes by Franz Kafka

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Wikipedia Summary for Franz Kafka

Franz Kafka (3 July 1883 – 3 June 1924) was a German-speaking Bohemian novelist and short-story writer, widely regarded as one of the major figures of 20th-century literature. His work fuses elements of realism and the fantastic. It typically features isolated protagonists facing bizarre or surrealistic predicaments and incomprehensible socio-bureaucratic powers. It has been interpreted as exploring themes of alienation, existential anxiety, guilt, and absurdity.

His best known works include "Die Verwandlung" ("The Metamorphosis"), Der Process (The Trial), and Das Schloss (The Castle). The term Kafkaesque has entered the English language to describe situations like those found in his writing.

Kafka was born into a middle-class German-Jewish family in Prague, the capital of the Kingdom of Bohemia, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, today the capital of the Czech Republic. He trained as a lawyer and after completing his legal education was employed full-time by an insurance company, forcing him to relegate writing to his spare time.

Over the course of his life, Kafka wrote hundreds of letters to family and close friends, including his father, with whom he had a strained and formal relationship. He became engaged to several women but never married. He died in 1924 at the age of 40 from tuberculosis.

Few of Kafka's works were published during his lifetime: the story collections Betrachtung (Contemplation) and Ein Landarzt (A Country Doctor), and individual stories (such as "Die Verwandlung") were published in literary magazines but received little public attention. In his will, Kafka instructed his executor and friend Max Brod to destroy his unfinished works, including his novels Der Process, Das Schloss and Der Verschollene (translated as both Amerika and The Man Who Disappeared), but Brod ignored these instructions. His work has influenced a vast range of writers, critics, artists, and philosophers during the 20th and 21st centuries.

Quote: He is terribly afraid of dying because he hasn't yet lived. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

He is terribly afraid of dying because he hasn't yet lived.


Quote: Even the merest gesture is holy if it is filled with faith. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of sunset
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Even the merest gesture is holy if it is filled with faith.


Quote: Better to have, and not need, than to need, and not have. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of laptop computer beside coffee mug
Photo Credit: Alex Knight

Better to have, and not need, than to need, and not have.


Quote: Paths are made by walking. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of man and woman with dog on woods
Photo Credit: Mitchell Luo

Paths are made by walking.


Quote: You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.


Quote: You are at once both the quiet and the confusion of my heart. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

You are at once both the quiet and the confusion of my heart.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

You are at once both the quiet and the confusion of my heart; imagine my heartbeat when you are in this state.


Quote: Sleep is the most innocent creature there is and a sleepless man
the most guilty. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

Sleep is the most innocent creature there is and a sleepless man
the most guilty.


Quote: Evil is the starry sky of the Good. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

Evil is the starry sky of the Good.


Quote: Because of impatience we were driven out; because of impatience we cannot return. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of gray elephant on grass
Photo Credit: AJ Robbie

Because of impatience we were driven out; because of impatience we cannot return.


Quote: I have the true feeling of myself only when I am unbearably unhappy. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of heart drawn on sand during daytime
Photo Credit: Khadeeja Yasser

I have the true feeling of myself only when I am unbearably unhappy.


Quote: It is often safer to be in chains than to be free. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

It is often safer to be in chains than to be free.


Quote: If you have food in your jaws you have solved all questions for the time being. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

If you have food in your jaws you have solved all questions for the time being.


Quote: There are some things one can only achieve by a deliberate leap in the opposite direction. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

There are some things one can only achieve by a deliberate leap in the opposite direction.


Quote: No matter how much you keep encouraging someone who is blindfolded to stare through the cloth, he still won't see a thing. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

No matter how much you keep encouraging someone who is blindfolded to stare through the cloth, he still won't see a thing.




Quote: You are free and that is why you are lost. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

You are free and that is why you are lost.




Quote: Not everyone can see the truth, but he can be it. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

Not everyone can see the truth, but he can be it.


Quote: Every word first looks around in every direction before letting itself be written down by me. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

Every word first looks around in every direction before letting itself be written down by me.


Quote: If it had been possible to build the Tower of Babel without ascending it, the work would have been permitted. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

If it had been possible to build the Tower of Babel without ascending it, the work would have been permitted.


Quote: It's only because of their stupidity that they're able to be so sure of themselves. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

It's only because of their stupidity that they're able to be so sure of themselves.


Quote: Take my warning to heart instead, and don't be so unyielding in future, you can't fight against this court, you must confess to guilt. Make your confession at the first chance you get. Until you do that, there is no possibility of getting out of their clutches, none at all. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of Franz Kafka quote; white text on black background

Take my warning to heart instead, and don't be so unyielding in future, you can't fight against this court, you must confess to guilt. Make your confession at the first chance you get. Until you do that, there is no possibility of getting out of their clutches, none at all.


Quote: A First Sign of the Beginning of Understanding is the Wish to Die. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

A First Sign of the Beginning of Understanding is the Wish to Die.


Quote: Towards the avoidance of a piece of verbal confusion: What is intended to be actively destroyed must first of all have been firmly grasped; what crumbles away crumbles away, but cannot be destroyed. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

Towards the avoidance of a piece of verbal confusion: What is intended to be actively destroyed must first of all have been firmly grasped; what crumbles away crumbles away, but cannot be destroyed.


Quote: Someone must have slandered Josef K., for one morning, without having done anything truly wrong, he was arrested. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

Someone must have slandered Josef K., for one morning, without having done anything truly wrong, he was arrested.


Quote: So perhaps the best resource is to meet everything passively, to make yourself an inert mass, to stare at others with the eyes of an animal, to feel no compunction, with your own hand to throttle down whatever ghostly life remains in you. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

So perhaps the best resource is to meet everything passively, to make yourself an inert mass, to stare at others with the eyes of an animal, to feel no compunction, with your own hand to throttle down whatever ghostly life remains in you.


Quote: The chains that cuff humanity are made of office paper. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

The chains that cuff humanity are made of office paper.


Quote: This noble body, equipped with everything necessary, almost to the point of bursting, also appeared to carry freedom around with it. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

This noble body, equipped with everything necessary, almost to the point of bursting, also appeared to carry freedom around with it.


Quote: Everything you say is boring and incomprehensible, but that alone doesn't make it true. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

Everything you say is boring and incomprehensible, but that alone doesn't make it true.


Quote: If you were to articulate it, who would be able to resist you? The great chorus of caninity would chime in with you, as if it had just been waiting for this moment. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

If you were to articulate it, who would be able to resist you? The great chorus of caninity would chime in with you, as if it had just been waiting for this moment.


Quote: Amalia smiled, and that smile, although a sad one, lit up her sombre face, made her silence eloquent and her strangeness familiar. It was like the telling of a secret, a hitherto closely guarded possession that could be taken back, but never taken back entirely. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

Amalia smiled, and that smile, although a sad one, lit up her sombre face, made her silence eloquent and her strangeness familiar. It was like the telling of a secret, a hitherto closely guarded possession that could be taken back, but never taken back entirely.


Quote: I asked myself at the time: how is it that she is not astonished at herself, that she keeps her mouth closed, and expresses nothing of any wonderment? by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

I asked myself at the time: how is it that she is not astonished at herself, that she keeps her mouth closed, and expresses nothing of any wonderment?


Quote: I only fear danger where I want to fear it. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

I only fear danger where I want to fear it.


Quote: It would be very unjust to say that you deserted me, but that I was deserted, and sometimes terribly so, is true. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

It would be very unjust to say that you deserted me, but that I was deserted, and sometimes terribly so, is true.


Quote: Picasso only registers the deformities which have not yet penetrated our consciousness. Art is a mirror which goes 'fast' like a watch -- sometimes. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

Picasso only registers the deformities which have not yet penetrated our consciousness. Art is a mirror which goes 'fast' like a watch -- sometimes.


Quote: I am a retiring, silent, unsociable, and discontent person. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

I am a retiring, silent, unsociable, and discontent person.


Quote: One has just been sent out as a biblical dove, has found nothing green, and slips back into the darkness of the Ark. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

One has just been sent out as a biblical dove, has found nothing green, and slips back into the darkness of the Ark.


Quote: Silence, I believe, avoids me, as water on the beach avoids stranded fish. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

Silence, I believe, avoids me, as water on the beach avoids stranded fish.


Quote: The true way goes over a line that, rather than spanning heights, is hardly above the ground. It appears more decidedly to make one trip than to be walked along. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

The true way goes over a line that, rather than spanning heights, is hardly above the ground. It appears more decidedly to make one trip than to be walked along.


Quote: There is a destination but no way there; what we refer to as way is hesitation. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

There is a destination but no way there; what we refer to as way is hesitation.


Quote: You are so vulnerably haunting. Your eeriness is terrifyingly irresistible. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

You are so vulnerably haunting. Your eeriness is terrifyingly irresistible.


Quote: It is only because of their stupidity that they are able to be so sure of themselves. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

It is only because of their stupidity that they are able to be so sure of themselves.


Quote: To animalise is humane, to humanise is animal. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

To animalise is humane, to humanise is animal.






Quote: This morning, for the first time in a long time, the joy again of imagining a knife twisted in my heart. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

This morning, for the first time in a long time, the joy again of imagining a knife twisted in my heart.


Quote: I always succeed in not being jealous but only sometimes in comprehending the pointlessness of jealousy. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

I always succeed in not being jealous but only sometimes in comprehending the pointlessness of jealousy.


Quote: Wherever I turn, the black wave rushes down on me. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

Wherever I turn, the black wave rushes down on me.


Quote: All right then, I'll be mad at you on this score, which incidentally is no great misfortune, as things balance out quite well if there's a little anger for you lurking in one corner of my heart. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

All right then, I'll be mad at you on this score, which incidentally is no great misfortune, as things balance out quite well if there's a little anger for you lurking in one corner of my heart.


Quote: I carry the bars within me. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

I carry the bars within me.


Quote: I dream of a grave, deep and narrow, where we could clasp each other in our arms as with clamps, and I would hide my face in you and you would hide your face in me, and nobody would ever see us any more. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

I dream of a grave, deep and narrow, where we could clasp each other in our arms as with clamps, and I would hide my face in you and you would hide your face in me, and nobody would ever see us any more.


Quote: I am a typical example of Western Jew. This means I don't have a moment of peace, that nothing has come easily to me, not just the present and the future, but even the past, that thing that each man receives as his birth-right: even that I have to conquer, and perhaps that is the hardest task. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of Franz Kafka quote: I am a typical example of Western Jew. This means I don't have a moment of peace, that nothing has come easily to me, not just the present and the future, but even the past, that thing that each man receives as his birth-right: even that I have to conquer, and perhaps that is the hardest task.- black text on quotes background

I am a typical example of Western Jew. This means I don't have a moment of peace, that nothing has come easily to me, not just the present and the future, but even the past, that thing that each man receives as his birth-right: even that I have to conquer, and perhaps that is the hardest task.


Quote: All I am is literature, and I am not able or willing to be anything else. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

All I am is literature, and I am not able or willing to be anything else.


Quote: Kill me, or you are a murderer. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

Kill me, or you are a murderer.


Quote: A lawyer is a person who writes a 10,000-word document and calls it a brief. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

A lawyer is a person who writes a 10,000-word document and calls it a brief.


Quote: People label themselves with all sorts of adjectives. I can only pronounce myself as 'nauseatingly miserable beyond repair'. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

People label themselves with all sorts of adjectives. I can only pronounce myself as 'nauseatingly miserable beyond repair'.


Quote: Other opportunities arise from time to time that almost don't accord with the overall situation, opportunities whereby a word, a glance, a sigh of trust may achieve more than a lifetime of exhausting endeavour. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

Other opportunities arise from time to time that almost don't accord with the overall situation, opportunities whereby a word, a glance, a sigh of trust may achieve more than a lifetime of exhausting endeavour.


Quote: Two tasks at the beginning of your life: to narrow your orbit more and more, and ever and again to check whether you are not in hiding somewhere outside your orbit. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

Two tasks at the beginning of your life: to narrow your orbit more and more, and ever and again to check whether you are not in hiding somewhere outside your orbit.


Quote: Time is short, my strength is limited, the office is a horror, the apartment is noisy, and if a pleasant, straightforward life is not possible, then one must try to wriggle through by subtle manoeuvres. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

Time is short, my strength is limited, the office is a horror, the apartment is noisy, and if a pleasant, straightforward life is not possible, then one must try to wriggle through by subtle manoeuvres.


Quote: It is strange how little sharpsightedness women possess; they only notice whether they please, then whether they arouse pity, and finally, whether you look for compassion from them. That is all; come to think of it, it may even be enough, generally speaking. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

It is strange how little sharpsightedness women possess; they only notice whether they please, then whether they arouse pity, and finally, whether you look for compassion from them. That is all; come to think of it, it may even be enough, generally speaking.


Quote: And so gentlemen, I learned. Oh, if you have to learn, you learn; if you're desperate for a way out, you learn; you learn pitilessly. You stand over yourself with a whip in your hand; if there's the least resistance, you lash yourself. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

And so gentlemen, I learned. Oh, if you have to learn, you learn; if you're desperate for a way out, you learn; you learn pitilessly. You stand over yourself with a whip in your hand; if there's the least resistance, you lash yourself.


Quote: The relief of giving in to destruction. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

The relief of giving in to destruction.


Quote: It occurs to me that I really can't remember your face in any precise detail. Only the way you walked away through the tables in the café, your figure, your dress, that I still see. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

It occurs to me that I really can't remember your face in any precise detail. Only the way you walked away through the tables in the café, your figure, your dress, that I still see.


Quote: He is a land surveyor, well, perhaps that is something, he has trained at something, but if there's nothing you can do with that training then it means nothing. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

He is a land surveyor, well, perhaps that is something, he has trained at something, but if there's nothing you can do with that training then it means nothing.


Quote: The purpose of a story is to be an axe that breaks up the ice within us. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

The purpose of a story is to be an axe that breaks up the ice within us.


Quote: The tremendous world I have inside my head. But how free myself and free it without being torn to pieces. And a thousand times rather be torn to pieces than retain it in me or bury it. That, indeed, is why I am here, that is quite clear to me. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

The tremendous world I have inside my head. But how free myself and free it without being torn to pieces. And a thousand times rather be torn to pieces than retain it in me or bury it. That, indeed, is why I am here, that is quite clear to me.




Quote: The existence of the writer is an argument against the existence of the soul, for the soul has obviously taken flight from the real ego, but not improved itself, only become a writer. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

The existence of the writer is an argument against the existence of the soul, for the soul has obviously taken flight from the real ego, but not improved itself, only become a writer.


Quote: But all remains unchanged. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

But all remains unchanged.


Quote: But what if all the tranquility, all the comfort, all the contentment were now to come to a horrifying end? by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

But what if all the tranquility, all the comfort, all the contentment were now to come to a horrifying end?


Quote: How unreasonable I'm being! by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

How unreasonable I'm being!


Quote: In a way, I was safe writing. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

In a way, I was safe writing.


Quote: I do not see the world at all; I invent it. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

I do not see the world at all; I invent it.


Quote: From the true antagonist illimitable courage is transmitted to you.
To what indifference people may come, to what profound conviction of having lost the right track forever. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

From the true antagonist illimitable courage is transmitted to you.
To what indifference people may come, to what profound conviction of having lost the right track forever.


Quote: I am fond of lovers but I cannot love, I am too far away, am banished,. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

I am fond of lovers but I cannot love, I am too far away, am banished,.


Quote: Nothing is as deceptive as a photograph. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

Nothing is as deceptive as a photograph.


Quote: Agreement is the best weapon of defense―and the matter would be buried. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

Agreement is the best weapon of defense―and the matter would be buried.


Quote: From a real antagonist one gains boundless courage. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

From a real antagonist one gains boundless courage.




Quote: In Paradise, as always: that which causes the sin and that which recognizes it for what it is are one. The clear conscience is Evil, which is so entirely victorious that it does not any longer consider the leap from left to right necessary. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

In Paradise, as always: that which causes the sin and that which recognizes it for what it is are one. The clear conscience is Evil, which is so entirely victorious that it does not any longer consider the leap from left to right necessary.


Quote: For everything outside the phenomenal world, language can only be used allusively, but never even approximately in a comparative way, since, corresponding as it does to the phenomenal world, it is concerned only with property and its relations. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

For everything outside the phenomenal world, language can only be used allusively, but never even approximately in a comparative way, since, corresponding as it does to the phenomenal world, it is concerned only with property and its relations.


Quote: The crows maintain that a single crow could destroy the heavens. There is no doubt of that, but it proves nothing against the heavens, for heaven simply means: the impossibility of crows. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

The crows maintain that a single crow could destroy the heavens. There is no doubt of that, but it proves nothing against the heavens, for heaven simply means: the impossibility of crows.


Quote: Nervous states of the worst sort control me without pause. Everything that is not literature bores me and I hate it. I lack all aptitude for family life except, at best, as an observer. I have no family feeling and visitors make me almost feel as though I were maliciously being attacked. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of Franz Kafka quote: Nervous states of the worst sort control me without pause. Everything that is not literature bores me and I hate it. I lack all aptitude for family life except, at best, as an observer. I have no family feeling and visitors make me almost feel as though I were maliciously being attacked.- black text on quotes background

Nervous states of the worst sort control me without pause. Everything that is not literature bores me and I hate it. I lack all aptitude for family life except, at best, as an observer. I have no family feeling and visitors make me almost feel as though I were maliciously being attacked.


Quote: It's sometimes quite astonishing that a single, average life is enough to encompass so much that it's at all possible ever to have any success in one's work here. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

It's sometimes quite astonishing that a single, average life is enough to encompass so much that it's at all possible ever to have any success in one's work here.


Quote: I am away from home and must always write home, even if any home of mine has long since floated away into eternity. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

I am away from home and must always write home, even if any home of mine has long since floated away into eternity.


Quote: There is nothing bad to fear; once you have crossed that threshold, all is well. Another world, and you do not have to speak. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

There is nothing bad to fear; once you have crossed that threshold, all is well. Another world, and you do not have to speak.






Quote: I passed by the brothel as though 
past the house of a beloved. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

I passed by the brothel as though
past the house of a beloved.




Quote: What is written is merely the dregs of experience. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

What is written is merely the dregs of experience.


Quote: People who walk across dark bridges, past saints, with dim, small lights. Clouds which move across gray skies past churches with towers darkened in the dusk. One who leans against granite railing gazing into the evening waters, His hands resting on old stones. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

People who walk across dark bridges, past saints, with dim, small lights. Clouds which move across gray skies past churches with towers darkened in the dusk. One who leans against granite railing gazing into the evening waters, His hands resting on old stones.


Quote: To every instant there is a correspondence in something outside time. This world here and now cannot be followed by a Beyond, for the Beyond is eternal, hence it cannot be in temporal contact with this world here and now. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

To every instant there is a correspondence in something outside time. This world here and now cannot be followed by a Beyond, for the Beyond is eternal, hence it cannot be in temporal contact with this world here and now.


Quote: Faith, like a guillotine. As heavy, as light. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

Faith, like a guillotine. As heavy, as light.


Quote: Only our concept of time makes it possible for us to speak of the Day of Judgement by that name; in reality it is a constant court in perpetual session. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

Only our concept of time makes it possible for us to speak of the Day of Judgement by that name; in reality it is a constant court in perpetual session.


Quote: If you find someone who makes you smile, who checks up on you often to see if you're okay. Who watches out or you and wants the best for you. Who loves and respects you. Don't let them go. People like that are hard to find. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

If you find someone who makes you smile, who checks up on you often to see if you're okay. Who watches out or you and wants the best for you. Who loves and respects you. Don't let them go. People like that are hard to find.


Quote: The books we need are of the kind that act upon us like a misfortune, that makes us suffer like the death of someone we love more than ourselves, that make us feel as though we were on the verge of suicide, lost in a forest remote from all human habitation. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

The books we need are of the kind that act upon us like a misfortune, that makes us suffer like the death of someone we love more than ourselves, that make us feel as though we were on the verge of suicide, lost in a forest remote from all human habitation.


Quote: His biggest misgiving came from his concern about the loud crash that was bound to occur and would probably create, if not terror, at least anxiety behind all the doors. But that would have to be risked. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

His biggest misgiving came from his concern about the loud crash that was bound to occur and would probably create, if not terror, at least anxiety behind all the doors. But that would have to be risked.


Quote: He was a tool of the boss, without brains or backbone. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

He was a tool of the boss, without brains or backbone.


Quote: The door could not be heard slamming; they had probably left it open, as is the custom in homes where a great misfortune has occurred. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

The door could not be heard slamming; they had probably left it open, as is the custom in homes where a great misfortune has occurred.




Quote: There's no quiet place here on earth for our love, not in the village and not anywhere else, so I picture a grave, deep and narrow, in which we embrace as if clamped together, I bury my face against you, you yours against me, and no one will ever see us. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

There's no quiet place here on earth for our love, not in the village and not anywhere else, so I picture a grave, deep and narrow, in which we embrace as if clamped together, I bury my face against you, you yours against me, and no one will ever see us.


Quote: It's impossible to defend oneself in the absence of goodwill. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

It's impossible to defend oneself in the absence of goodwill.


Quote: For we are like tree trunks in the snow. In appearance they lie smoothly and a little push should be enough to set them rolling. No, it can't be done, for they are firmly wedded to the ground. But see, even that is only appearance. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

For we are like tree trunks in the snow. In appearance they lie smoothly and a little push should be enough to set them rolling. No, it can't be done, for they are firmly wedded to the ground. But see, even that is only appearance.


Quote: 'It is not necessary to accept everything as true, one must only accept it as necessary.' 'A melancholy conclusion,' said K. 'It turns lying into a universal principle.' by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

'It is not necessary to accept everything as true, one must only accept it as necessary.' 'A melancholy conclusion,' said K. 'It turns lying into a universal principle.'


Quote: No, said the priest, you don't need to accept everything as true, you only have to accept it as necessary. Depressing view, said K. The lie made into the rule of the world. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

No, said the priest, you don't need to accept everything as true, you only have to accept it as necessary. Depressing view, said K. The lie made into the rule of the world.


Quote: I, however, cannot force myself to use meat drugs to cheat on my loneliness. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

I, however, cannot force myself to use meat drugs to cheat on my loneliness.


Quote: It isn't necessary that you leave home. Sit at your desk and listen. Don't even listen, just wait. Don't wait, be still and alone. The whole world will offer itself to you. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

It isn't necessary that you leave home. Sit at your desk and listen. Don't even listen, just wait. Don't wait, be still and alone. The whole world will offer itself to you.


Quote: The ulterior motives with which you absorb and assimilate Evil are not your own but those of Evil. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

The ulterior motives with which you absorb and assimilate Evil are not your own but those of Evil.


Quote: I won't give up the diary again. I must hold on here, it is the only place I can. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

I won't give up the diary again. I must hold on here, it is the only place I can.


Quote: He has the feeling that merely by being alive he is blocking his own way. From this sense of hindrance, in turn, he deduces the proof that he is alive. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

He has the feeling that merely by being alive he is blocking his own way. From this sense of hindrance, in turn, he deduces the proof that he is alive.




Quote: In me, by myself, without human relationship, there are no visible lies. The limited circle is pure. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

In me, by myself, without human relationship, there are no visible lies. The limited circle is pure.


Quote: Being alone has a power over me that never fails. My interior dissolves (for the time being only superficially) and is ready to release what lies deeper. When I am willfully alone, a slight ordering of my interior begins to take place and I need nothing more. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

Being alone has a power over me that never fails. My interior dissolves (for the time being only superficially) and is ready to release what lies deeper. When I am willfully alone, a slight ordering of my interior begins to take place and I need nothing more.


Quote: Was he an animal, that music could move him so? He felt as if the way to the unknown nourishment he longed for were coming to light. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

Was he an animal, that music could move him so? He felt as if the way to the unknown nourishment he longed for were coming to light.


Quote: I am on the hunt for constructions. I come into a room and find them whitely merging in a corner. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

I am on the hunt for constructions. I come into a room and find them whitely merging in a corner.


Quote: Last night I dreamed about you. What happened in detail I can hardly remember, all I know is that we kept merging into one another. I was you, you were me. Finally you somehow caught fire. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

Last night I dreamed about you. What happened in detail I can hardly remember, all I know is that we kept merging into one another. I was you, you were me. Finally you somehow caught fire.




Quote: Some deny the existence of misery by pointing to the sun; he denies the existence of the sun by pointing to misery. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

Some deny the existence of misery by pointing to the sun; he denies the existence of the sun by pointing to misery.


Quote: I made the remark that I don't avoid people in order to live quietly, but rather in order to be able to die quietly. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

I made the remark that I don't avoid people in order to live quietly, but rather in order to be able to die quietly.


Quote: German is my mother tongue and as such more natural to me, but I consider Czech much more affectionate, which is why your letter removes several uncertainties; I see you more clearly, the movements of your body, your hands, so quick, so resolute, it's almost like a meeting. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of Franz Kafka quote; white text on black background

German is my mother tongue and as such more natural to me, but I consider Czech much more affectionate, which is why your letter removes several uncertainties; I see you more clearly, the movements of your body, your hands, so quick, so resolute, it's almost like a meeting.




Quote: The notion of the infinite expanse and copiousness of the cosmos is the result of the mixture, carried to the extreme limit, of laborious creation and free self-determination. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

The notion of the infinite expanse and copiousness of the cosmos is the result of the mixture, carried to the extreme limit, of laborious creation and free self-determination.


Quote: However, Gregor had become much calmer. All right, people did not understand his words any more, although they seemed clear enough to him, clearer than previously, perhaps because had gotten used to them. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

However, Gregor had become much calmer. All right, people did not understand his words any more, although they seemed clear enough to him, clearer than previously, perhaps because had gotten used to them.


Quote: But eternity is not temporality at a standstill. What is oppressive about the concept of the eternal is the justification, incomprehensible to us, that time must undergo in eternity and the logical conclusion of that, the justification of ourselves as we are. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

But eternity is not temporality at a standstill. What is oppressive about the concept of the eternal is the justification, incomprehensible to us, that time must undergo in eternity and the logical conclusion of that, the justification of ourselves as we are.


Quote: Life's splendor forever lies in wait about each one of us in all its fullness, but veiled from view, deep down, invisible, far off. It is there, though, not hostile, not reluctant, not deaf. If you summon it by the right word, by its right name, it will come. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

Life's splendor forever lies in wait about each one of us in all its fullness, but veiled from view, deep down, invisible, far off. It is there, though, not hostile, not reluctant, not deaf. If you summon it by the right word, by its right name, it will come.


Quote: One day, a leopard stalked into the synagogue, roaring and lashing its tail. Three weeks later, it had become part of the liturgy. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

One day, a leopard stalked into the synagogue, roaring and lashing its tail. Three weeks later, it had become part of the liturgy.


Quote: Knowledge we have. Anyone who strives for it with particular intensity is suspect of striving against it. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

Knowledge we have. Anyone who strives for it with particular intensity is suspect of striving against it.


Quote: Scratch your flesh raw between your toes, but you won't find the answer. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

Scratch your flesh raw between your toes, but you won't find the answer.


Quote: Utterance does not in principle mean a weakening of conviction -- that would not be anything to be deplored -- but a weakness of conviction. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

Utterance does not in principle mean a weakening of conviction -- that would not be anything to be deplored -- but a weakness of conviction.


Quote: As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect.


Quote: First impressions are always unreliable. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

First impressions are always unreliable.


Quote: I wanted to escape the unrest, to shut out the voices around me and within me, so I write. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

I wanted to escape the unrest, to shut out the voices around me and within me, so I write.




Quote: The history of the world, as it is written and handed down by word of mouth, often fails us completely; but man's intuitive capacity, though it often misleads, does lead, does not ever abandon one. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

The history of the world, as it is written and handed down by word of mouth, often fails us completely; but man's intuitive capacity, though it often misleads, does lead, does not ever abandon one.


Quote: The more horses you yoke the quicker everything will go -- not the rending of the block from its foundation, which is impossible, but the snapping of the traces and with that the gay and empty journey. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

The more horses you yoke the quicker everything will go -- not the rending of the block from its foundation, which is impossible, but the snapping of the traces and with that the gay and empty journey.


Quote: But perhaps the enthusiastic sensibility of young women of her age also played a role. This feeling sought release at every opportunity, and with it Grete now felt tempted to want to make Gregor's situation even more terrifying, so that then she would be able to do even more for him than now. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of Franz Kafka quote: But perhaps the enthusiastic sensibility of young women of her age also played a role. This feeling sought release at every opportunity, and with it Grete now felt tempted to want to make Gregor's situation even more terrifying, so that then she would be able to do even more for him than now.- black text on quotes background

But perhaps the enthusiastic sensibility of young women of her age also played a role. This feeling sought release at every opportunity, and with it Grete now felt tempted to want to make Gregor's situation even more terrifying, so that then she would be able to do even more for him than now.


Quote: I am too tired, I must try to rest and sleep, otherwise I am lost in every respect. What an effort to keep alive! Erecting a monument does not require an expenditure of so much strength. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

I am too tired, I must try to rest and sleep, otherwise I am lost in every respect. What an effort to keep alive! Erecting a monument does not require an expenditure of so much strength.


Quote: It would have been so pointless to kill himself that, even if he had wanted to, the pointlessness would have made him unable. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

It would have been so pointless to kill himself that, even if he had wanted to, the pointlessness would have made him unable.


Quote: The Fathers of the Church were not afraid to go out into the desert because they had a richness in their hearts. But we, with richness all around us, are afraid, because the desert is in our hearts. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

The Fathers of the Church were not afraid to go out into the desert because they had a richness in their hearts. But we, with richness all around us, are afraid, because the desert is in our hearts.


Quote: 'I see,' said Karl, staring at the quickly emptying basket and listening to the curious noise which Robinson made in drinking, for the beer seemed first to plunge right down into his throat and gurgle up again with a sort of whistle before finally pouring its flood into the deep. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of Franz Kafka quote; white text on black background

'I see,' said Karl, staring at the quickly emptying basket and listening to the curious noise which Robinson made in drinking, for the beer seemed first to plunge right down into his throat and gurgle up again with a sort of whistle before finally pouring its flood into the deep.


Quote: One must not prostrate oneself before the minor impossibilities, otherwise the major impossibilities would never come into view. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

One must not prostrate oneself before the minor impossibilities, otherwise the major impossibilities would never come into view.


Quote: We were expelled from Paradise, but it was not destroyed. The expulsion from Paradise was in one sense a piece of good fortune, for if we had not been expelled, Paradise would have had to be destroyed. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

We were expelled from Paradise, but it was not destroyed. The expulsion from Paradise was in one sense a piece of good fortune, for if we had not been expelled, Paradise would have had to be destroyed.




Quote: Anyone who believes cannot experience miracles. By day one does not see any stars. Anyone who does miracles says: I cannot let goof the earth. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

Anyone who believes cannot experience miracles. By day one does not see any stars. Anyone who does miracles says: I cannot let goof the earth.


Quote: When one is alone, imperfection must be endured every minute of the day. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

When one is alone, imperfection must be endured every minute of the day.


Quote: All language is but a poor translation. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

All language is but a poor translation.


Quote: I can love only what I can place so high above me that I cannot reach it. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

I can love only what I can place so high above me that I cannot reach it.


Quote: I cannot make you understand. I cannot make anyone understand what is happening inside me. I cannot even explain it to myself. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

I cannot make you understand. I cannot make anyone understand what is happening inside me. I cannot even explain it to myself.


Quote: I have spent all my life resisting the desire to end it. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

I have spent all my life resisting the desire to end it.


Quote: I lack nothing. I only needed myself. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

I lack nothing. I only needed myself.


Quote: Slept, awoke, slept, awoke, miserable life. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

Slept, awoke, slept, awoke, miserable life.


Quote: Most men are not wicked. They are sleepwalkers, not evil evildoers. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

Most men are not wicked. They are sleepwalkers, not evil evildoers.


Quote: I am free and that is why I am lost. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

I am free and that is why I am lost.


Quote: What am I doing in this eternal winter? by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

What am I doing in this eternal winter?


Quote: Don't forget Kropotkin! by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

Don't forget Kropotkin!


Quote: Yet even if I manage that, one single slip, and a slip cannot be avoided, will stop the whole process, easy and painful alike, and I will have to shrink back into my own circle again. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

Yet even if I manage that, one single slip, and a slip cannot be avoided, will stop the whole process, easy and painful alike, and I will have to shrink back into my own circle again.


Quote: I look a girl in the eye and it was a very long love story with thunder and kisses and lightning. I live fast. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

I look a girl in the eye and it was a very long love story with thunder and kisses and lightning. I live fast.


Quote: In the struggle between yourself 
and the world, second the world. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

In the struggle between yourself
and the world, second the world.


Quote: I have no literary interests; I am made of literature. I am nothing else and cannot be anything else. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

I have no literary interests; I am made of literature. I am nothing else and cannot be anything else.


Quote: Self-control is something for which I do not strive. Self-control means wanting to be effective at some random point in the infinite radiations of my spiritual existence. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

Self-control is something for which I do not strive. Self-control means wanting to be effective at some random point in the infinite radiations of my spiritual existence.


Quote: But sleep? On a night like this? What an idea! Just think of how many thoughts a blanket smothers while one lies alone in bed, and how many unhappy dreams it keeps warm. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

But sleep? On a night like this? What an idea! Just think of how many thoughts a blanket smothers while one lies alone in bed, and how many unhappy dreams it keeps warm.


Quote: Even if no salvation should come, I want to be worthy of it at every moment. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

Even if no salvation should come, I want to be worthy of it at every moment.


Quote: The dream reveals the reality which conception lags behind. That is the horror of life -- the terror of art. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

The dream reveals the reality which conception lags behind. That is the horror of life -- the terror of art.


Quote: Isolation is a way to know ourselves. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

Isolation is a way to know ourselves.


Quote: Follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

Follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.


Quote: I am a cage, in search of a bird. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

I am a cage, in search of a bird.


Quote: A book should serve as an axe to the ice inside us. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

A book should serve as an axe to the ice inside us.


Quote: We need the books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

We need the books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us.


Quote: I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound or stab us. If the book we're reading doesn't wake us up with a blow to the head, what are we reading for? So that it will make us happy, as you write? Good Lord, we would be happy precisely if we had no books, and the kind of books that make us happy are the kind we could write ourselves if we had to. But we need books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us. That is my belief.


Quote: A book must be an ice-axe to break the seas frozen inside our soul. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

A book must be an ice-axe to break the seas frozen inside our soul.


Quote: Please -- consider me a dream. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

Please -- consider me a dream.


Quote: There art two cardinal sins from which all others spring: Impatience and Laziness. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

There art two cardinal sins from which all others spring: Impatience and Laziness.




Quote: I have hardly anything in common with myself and should stand very quietly in a corner, content that I can breathe. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

I have hardly anything in common with myself and should stand very quietly in a corner, content that I can breathe.


Quote: Now I can look at you in peace; I don't eat you any more. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

Now I can look at you in peace; I don't eat you any more.


Quote: I need solitude for my writing; not 'like a hermit' -- that wouldn't be enough -- but like a dead man. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

I need solitude for my writing; not 'like a hermit' -- that wouldn't be enough -- but like a dead man.


Quote: Simply wait, be quiet, still The world will freely offer itself to you. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

Simply wait, be quiet, still The world will freely offer itself to you.


Quote: All that you are seeking is also seeking you. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

All that you are seeking is also seeking you.


Quote: The meaning of life is that it stops. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

The meaning of life is that it stops.


Quote: Every thing that you love, you will eventually lose, but in the end, love will return in a different form. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

Every thing that you love, you will eventually lose, but in the end, love will return in a different form.


Quote: There is nothing besides a spiritual world; what we call the world of the senses is the Evil in the spiritual world, and what we call Evil is only the necessity of a moment in our eternal evolution. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

There is nothing besides a spiritual world; what we call the world of the senses is the Evil in the spiritual world, and what we call Evil is only the necessity of a moment in our eternal evolution.


Quote: Hiding places there are innumerable, escape is only one, but possibilities of escape, again, are as many as hiding places. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

Hiding places there are innumerable, escape is only one, but possibilities of escape, again, are as many as hiding places.


Quote: There are only two things. Truth and lies. Truth is indivisible, hence it cannot recognize itself; anyone who wants to recognize it has to be a lie. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

There are only two things. Truth and lies. Truth is indivisible, hence it cannot recognize itself; anyone who wants to recognize it has to be a lie.


Quote: It is only our conception of time that makes us call the Last Judgement by this name. It is, in fact, a kind of martial law. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

It is only our conception of time that makes us call the Last Judgement by this name. It is, in fact, a kind of martial law.


Quote: Hesitation before birth. If there is a transmigration of souls then I am not yet on the bottom rung. My life is a hesitation before birth. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

Hesitation before birth. If there is a transmigration of souls then I am not yet on the bottom rung. My life is a hesitation before birth.


Quote: In a certain sense the Good is comfortless. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

In a certain sense the Good is comfortless.


Quote: Dread of night. Dread of not-night. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

Dread of night. Dread of not-night.


Quote: Test yourself on mankind. It is something that makes the doubter doubt, the believer believe. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

Test yourself on mankind. It is something that makes the doubter doubt, the believer believe.


Quote: He who seeks does not find, but he who does not seek will be found. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

He who seeks does not find, but he who does not seek will be found.


Quote: If there is a transmigration of souls then I am not yet on the bottom rung. My life is a hesitation before birth. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

If there is a transmigration of souls then I am not yet on the bottom rung. My life is a hesitation before birth.


Quote: Association with human beings lures one into self-observation. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

Association with human beings lures one into self-observation.


Quote: Religions get lost as people do. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

Religions get lost as people do.


Quote: A stair not worn hollow by footsteps is, regarded from its own point of view, only a boring something made of wood. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

A stair not worn hollow by footsteps is, regarded from its own point of view, only a boring something made of wood.


Quote: Tyranny or slavery, born of selfishness, are the two educational methods of parents; all gradations of tyranny or slavery. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

Tyranny or slavery, born of selfishness, are the two educational methods of parents; all gradations of tyranny or slavery.


Quote: Let me remind you of the old maxim: people under suspicion are better moving than at rest, since at rest they may be sitting in the balance without knowing it, being weighed together with their sins. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

Let me remind you of the old maxim: people under suspicion are better moving than at rest, since at rest they may be sitting in the balance without knowing it, being weighed together with their sins.


Quote: How pathetically scanty my self-knowledge is compared with, say, my knowledge of my room. There is no such thing as observation of the inner world, as there is of the outer world. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

How pathetically scanty my self-knowledge is compared with, say, my knowledge of my room. There is no such thing as observation of the inner world, as there is of the outer world.


Quote: Atlas was permitted the opinion that he was at liberty, if he wished, to drop the Earth and creep away; but this opinion was all that he was permitted. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

Atlas was permitted the opinion that he was at liberty, if he wished, to drop the Earth and creep away; but this opinion was all that he was permitted.


Quote: The Bible is a sanctum; the world, sputum. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

The Bible is a sanctum; the world, sputum.


Quote: We are separated from God on two sides; the Fall separates us from Him, the Tree of Life separates Him from us. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

We are separated from God on two sides; the Fall separates us from Him, the Tree of Life separates Him from us.


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