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

--Franz Kafka
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.

--Franz Kafka



photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

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

--Franz Kafka
photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

Evil is the starry sky of the Good.

--Franz Kafka

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.'

--Franz Kafka
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.

--Franz Kafka
photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

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

--Franz Kafka

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.

--Franz Kafka
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.

--Franz Kafka
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.

--Franz Kafka
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.

--Franz Kafka

photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

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

--Franz Kafka

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.

--Franz Kafka
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.

--Franz Kafka
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.

--Franz Kafka

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.

--Franz Kafka
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.

--Franz Kafka


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.

--Franz Kafka




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.

--Franz Kafka
photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

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

--Franz Kafka
photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

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

--Franz Kafka
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.

--Franz Kafka
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.

--Franz Kafka
photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

First impressions are always unreliable.

--Franz Kafka
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.

--Franz Kafka


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.

--Franz Kafka


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.

--Franz Kafka
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.

--Franz Kafka
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.

--Franz Kafka

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.

--Franz Kafka


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.

--Franz Kafka
photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

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

--Franz Kafka
photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

All language is but a poor translation.

--Franz Kafka
photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

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

--Franz Kafka
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.

--Franz Kafka
photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

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

--Franz Kafka
photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

I lack nothing. I only needed myself.

--Franz Kafka
photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

Slept, awoke, slept, awoke, miserable life.

--Franz Kafka
photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

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

--Franz Kafka
photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

I am free and that is why I am lost.

--Franz Kafka
photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

What am I doing in this eternal winter?

--Franz Kafka
photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

Don't forget Kropotkin!

--Franz Kafka
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.

--Franz Kafka
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.

--Franz Kafka
photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

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

--Franz Kafka
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.

--Franz Kafka
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.

--Franz Kafka
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.

--Franz Kafka
photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

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

--Franz Kafka

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.

--Franz Kafka
photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

Isolation is a way to know ourselves.

--Franz Kafka
photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

Follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.

--Franz Kafka
photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

I am a cage, in search of a bird.

--Franz Kafka

photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

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

--Franz Kafka
photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

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

--Franz Kafka

photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

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

--Franz Kafka

Longer Version:

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.


photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

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

--Franz Kafka
photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

Please -- consider me a dream.

--Franz Kafka
photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

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

--Franz Kafka



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.

--Franz Kafka
photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

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

--Franz Kafka
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.

--Franz Kafka
photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

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

--Franz Kafka
photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

All that you are seeking is also seeking you.

--Franz Kafka
photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

The meaning of life is that it stops.

--Franz Kafka
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.

--Franz Kafka
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.

--Franz Kafka
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.

--Franz Kafka
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.

--Franz Kafka

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