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240 Inspiring 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.

landscape photography of mountains with cloudy skies during golden hour

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

--Franz Kafka

person holding yellow sunflower bouquet

Even the merest gesture is holy if it is filled with faith.

--Franz Kafka

flat lay photography of several hanging ornaments

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

--Franz Kafka

pink flower with green stem

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

--Franz Kafka

green trees under blue sky at daytime

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

--Franz Kafka

Longer Version:

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


man and woman with dog on woods

Paths are made by walking.

--Franz Kafka

red rose

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

--Franz Kafka

person holding hourglass

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

--Franz Kafka

telescope

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

--Franz Kafka


sunset

Association with human beings lures one into self-observation.

--Franz Kafka



person walking on snowfield

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

--Franz Kafka

yellow flowers

Believing in progress does not mean believing that any progress has yet been made.

--Franz Kafka



paper

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.

--Franz Kafka

shallow focus photography of bee on flower

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

--Franz Kafka


silhouette of man on top of hill overlooking lighted city at dawn

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?

--Franz Kafka

band performing on stage in front of people

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

--Franz Kafka

white stars in the sky during night time

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

--Franz Kafka

white stone woman sculpture

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

--Franz Kafka


man holding smartphone in close up photography

Sensual love deceives one as to the nature of heavenly love; it could not do so alone, but since it unconsciously has the element of heavenly love within it, it can do so.

--Franz Kafka

blue painted concrete wall during daytime

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.

--Franz Kafka


yellow flower

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

--Franz Kafka

plain background

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.

--Franz Kafka


a woman sits on the end of a dock during daytime staring across a lake

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



shallow focus photography of condenser microphone

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

--Franz Kafka

man sitting on wooden bench near black metal railings

We are sinful not only because we have eaten of the Tree of Knowledge, but also because we have not yet eaten of the Tree of Life. The state in which we are is sinful, irrespective of guilt.

--Franz Kafka


pink, red, and black digital wallpaper

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

--Franz Kafka

brown grass field during daytime

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

--Franz Kafka

body of water near mountains

I am a cage, in search of a bird.

--Franz Kafka

pink rose

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

--Franz Kafka

aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime

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

--Franz Kafka

Arizona landscape

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

--Franz Kafka




blue and white water waves

You can hold yourself back from the sufferings of the world, that is something you are free to do and it accords with your nature, but perhaps this very holding back is the one suffering you could avoid.

--Franz Kafka

shallow focus photography of stack of books

The relief of giving in to destruction.

--Franz Kafka

brown rock formation on body of water during daytime

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

--Franz Kafka


sea during daytime

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.

--Franz Kafka

black and white giraffe on brown grass field

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.

--Franz Kafka

white boat on sea under white sky during daytime

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.

--Franz Kafka

silhouette of man in water

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

woman standing on forest

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

--Franz Kafka

clear glass hour glass with black liquid

If I shall exist eternally, how shall I exist tomorrow?

--Franz Kafka


brown leaf tree facing the lake

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

--Franz Kafka

gray concrete road between green trees during daytime

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.

--Franz Kafka


woman wearing black top standing near yellow wall

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.

--Franz Kafka

woman in white and multicolored floral shirt standing and smiling on yellow sunflower field

But all remains unchanged.

--Franz Kafka

low-angle photo of white daisy

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

--Franz Kafka


grayscale photography of mountain surrounded by trees

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

--Franz Kafka

aerial photo of foggy mountains

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

--Franz Kafka


man in Burton shirt facing ocean

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.

--Franz Kafka


sealion surrounded by rocks during daytime

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

white Starbuck plastic cup on brown fabric armchair

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

--Franz Kafka

road during night time

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.

--Franz Kafka

orange room with open door

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

--Franz Kafka

orange tabby cat on black textile

First impressions are always unreliable.

--Franz Kafka

woman signing on white printer paper beside woman about to touch the documents

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

--Franz Kafka

group of people inside the room in grayscale photo

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

--Franz Kafka


black Corona typewriter on brown wood planks

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

--Franz Kafka

jumping on snow covered mountain during daytime

What is written is merely the dregs of experience.

--Franz Kafka

Milky way in nature photography

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

--Franz Kafka

green grass field

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

--Franz Kafka

landscape photography of horizon

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

--Franz Kafka

brown leaf tree facing the lake

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

--Franz Kafka

closeup photo of lounger chairs and beach umbrellas

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


person holding pocket watch

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

--Franz Kafka

blooming yellow sunflower field

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

--Franz Kafka

woman in white and multicolored floral shirt standing and smiling on yellow sunflower field

In a way, I was safe writing.

--Franz Kafka

body of water

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

sliced lemon on pink surface

In the fight between you and the world, back the world.

--Franz Kafka


closeup photo of orange petaled flowers

Please -- consider me a dream.

--Franz Kafka

red flame

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.


person holding yellow sunflower bouquet

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

--Franz Kafka

wormeye view photo of milky way

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.

--Franz Kafka

body of water under clear blue sky painting

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

--Franz Kafka


brown rocky mountain under blue sky during daytime

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

--Franz Kafka

ocean wave in shallow focus lens

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.

--Franz Kafka

selective focus photo of iceberg on large body of water at winter

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

--Franz Kafka

round black and white analog alarm clock

The mediation by the serpent was necessary. Evil can seduce man, but cannot become man.

--Franz Kafka



person in blue denim jeans and brown leather boots

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

--Franz Kafka

milky way above body of water

I am free and that is why I am lost.

--Franz Kafka

yellow and purple flower with white background

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

--Franz Kafka


plain background

By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.

--Franz Kafka

brown french bulldog wearing red and white santa hat sitting on yellow pasta

What am I doing in this eternal winter?

--Franz Kafka

four wooden boat on teal sea

To animalise is humane, to humanise is animal.

--Franz Kafka

brown tree on surrounded by brown grass during golden hour

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

--Franz Kafka

black and yellow wall sconce

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.

--Franz Kafka

man in black jacket and pants jumping on white rock

The chains that cuff humanity are made of office paper.

--Franz Kafka

wallpaper

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.

--Franz Kafka




purple flower

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.

--Franz Kafka

toddlers standing outdoors

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

man holding smartphone in close up photography

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.

--Franz Kafka

photo of pine tree

I only fear danger where I want to fear it.

--Franz Kafka

brown mountains under blue sky

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

--Franz Kafka

brown sand under blue sky during daytime

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

--Franz Kafka


yellow bee beside purple petaled flower during daytime

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

--Franz Kafka

landscape photography of trees

All that you are seeking is also seeking you.

--Franz Kafka

city lights from hill

Isolation is a way to know ourselves.

--Franz Kafka


two person standing while watching sky

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

--Franz Kafka


man in black suit jacket and woman in blue dress kissing during daytime

The Bible is a sanctum; the world, sputum.

--Franz Kafka

person holding red and beige twin bell analog alarm clock

Kill me, or you are a murderer.

--Franz Kafka

dirt road to sunset

Evil is the starry sky of the Good.

--Franz Kafka

concert photos

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

red and black floral textile

'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

landscape photo of waters, mountains, and black clouds

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

--Franz Kafka

bonfire near mountain

From a real antagonist one gains boundless courage.

--Franz Kafka



pink flowers in vase

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

silhouette of person wearing cowboy hat during sunset

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

--Franz Kafka

brown trees on brown field during daytime

My guiding principle is this: Guilt is never to be doubted.

--Franz Kafka

black textile in close up photography

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

--Franz Kafka

yellow rose flower

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


closed door

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

body of water during daytime

One advantage in keeping a diary is that you become aware with reassuring clarity of the changes which you constantly suffer.

--Franz Kafka


silhouette photography of person in gray sailing boat in the middle of body of water

In argument similes are like songs in love; they describe much, but prove nothing.

--Franz Kafka


clear drinking glass with beer on black table

I lack nothing. I only needed myself.

--Franz Kafka

purple flowered hedge plants

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.

--Franz Kafka

sunset

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


selective focus photography of black and white bird on stem

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.

--Franz Kafka


water droplets on green leaf

My 'fear' is my substance, and probably the best part of me.

--Franz Kafka

man sitting on couch with looking at his MacBook on table

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

silhouette of three people up on mountain cliff

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

--Franz Kafka



Arizona landscape

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

--Franz Kafka

pink flowers in tilt shift lens

Follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.

--Franz Kafka


black Corona typewriter on brown wood planks

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

--Franz Kafka

purple

In theory there is a possibility of perfect happiness: To believe in the indestructible element within one, and not to strive towards it.

--Franz Kafka


A view of the night showing stars

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

--Franz Kafka

Arizona landscape rocks

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.

--Franz Kafka

shallow focus photo of green leaves

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

--Franz Kafka

brown and white long coated small dog lying on green grass

All language is but a poor translation.

--Franz Kafka

green leaf in close up photography

In a certain sense the Good is comfortless.

--Franz Kafka

green tree under blue sky during night time

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

--Franz Kafka

green leaf tree on shore

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

--Franz Kafka

full-bloomed red and white tulip flowers

The meaning of life is that it stops.

--Franz Kafka

litter of dogs fall in line beside wall

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

photography of white sky at golden hour

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.

--Franz Kafka

closeup photo of white petaled flowers

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

--Franz Kafka


silhouette of a woman with pink and purple sky

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.

--Franz Kafka



person on road at sunset

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

--Franz Kafka

green trees on body of water during daytime

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

--Franz Kafka



pink flower

I do not read advertisements. I would spend all of my time wanting things.

--Franz Kafka

clear hour glass with brown frame

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

--Franz Kafka



two birds on flight

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

silver round analog wall clock

Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.

--Franz Kafka


silhouette of man looking towards left

A first sign of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die.

--Franz Kafka

beige concrete wall

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

--Franz Kafka

rocks on sea side at daytime

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

--Franz Kafka

woman sitting on black chair in front of glass-panel window with white curtains

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

purple and white clouds during night time

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

--Franz Kafka


blue wooden door opened

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

--Franz Kafka

brown wooden hanging bridge surrounded by green trees during daytime

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

--Franz Kafka

brown grass field during daytime

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

--Franz Kafka

man playing soccer during daytime

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

--Franz Kafka

woman in white and multicolored floral shirt standing and smiling on yellow sunflower field

I carry the bars within me.

--Franz Kafka

black pug puppy

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

--Franz Kafka

woman leaning against a wall in dim hallway

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

red moon at night

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

brown french bulldog wearing red and white santa hat sitting on yellow pasta

Religions get lost as people do.

--Franz Kafka


woman signing on white printer paper beside woman about to touch the documents

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

--Franz Kafka

man facing women near forest

Dread of night. Dread of not-night.

--Franz Kafka

brown pathway between green plants

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

--Franz Kafka


woman in white and multicolored floral shirt standing and smiling on yellow sunflower field

How unreasonable I'm being!

--Franz Kafka


turned on desk lamp beside pile of books

You are free and that is why you are lost.

--Franz Kafka

multicolored heart LED light on wall

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

--Franz Kafka

green leaf in close up photography

Slept, awoke, slept, awoke, miserable life.

--Franz Kafka

two grey elephants on grass plains during sunset

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

--Franz Kafka

jellyfish under water photo

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.

--Franz Kafka

man facing women near forest

Nothing is as deceptive as a photograph.

--Franz Kafka

red and yellow abstract painting

A man of action forced into a state of thought is unhappy until he can get out of it.

--Franz Kafka


brown mountain

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

--Franz Kafka


man in gray sweater carrying woman in black jacket

God gives the nuts, but he does not crack them.

--Franz Kafka

grayscale photography of woman

Don't you want to join us?" I was recently asked by an acquaintance when he ran across me alone after midnight in a coffeehouse that was already almost deserted. "No, I don't," I said.

--Franz Kafka

mountain dew during sunrise

Don't despair, not even over the fact that you don't despair.

--Franz Kafka

purple flowers under cloudy sky

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 underwater

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

--Franz Kafka

silhouette of man and woman during sunset

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

person surfing on sea waves during daytime

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

white wall paint beside white wall

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.

--Franz Kafka


person holding sunflower

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.

--Franz Kafka

man raising arms between greenfield

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

--Franz Kafka

aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime

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

--Franz Kafka


plain

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

--Franz Kafka


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