Franz Kafka Quotes

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Franz Kafka quotes: I passed by the brothel as though past the house of a beloved. I passed by the brothel as though
past the house of a beloved.
Franz Kafka quotes: But what now if all the peace, the comfort, the contentment were to come to a horrible end? But what now if all the peace, the comfort, the contentment were to come to a horrible end?
Franz Kafka quotes: Anybody who preserves the ability to recognize beauty will never get old. Anybody who preserves the ability to recognize beauty will never get old.
Franz Kafka quotes: The founder brought the laws from the lawgiver; the faithful are meant to announce the laws to the lawgiver. The founder brought the laws from the lawgiver; the faithful are meant to announce the laws to the lawgiver.
Franz Kafka quotes: I do not read advertisements. I would spend all of my time wanting things. I do not read advertisements. I would spend all of my time wanting things.
Franz Kafka quotes: It's only because of their stupidity that they're able to be so sure of themselves. It's only because of their stupidity that they're able to be so sure of themselves.
Franz Kafka quotes: Everyone has his cross to bear. Everyone has his cross to bear.
Franz Kafka quotes: I'm doing badly, I'm doing well; whichever you prefer. I'm doing badly, I'm doing well; whichever you prefer.
Franz Kafka quotes: But sometimes I really felt as though the starry sky rose and fell with the gasping of his chest. But sometimes I really felt as though the starry sky rose and fell with the gasping of his chest.
Franz Kafka quotes: True undoubting is the teacher's part, continual undoubting the part of the pupil. True undoubting is the teacher's part, continual undoubting the part of the pupil.
Franz Kafka quotes: Rolling country, not yet quite mountainous, with woods and lakes, is what I like best. Rolling country, not yet quite mountainous, with woods and lakes, is what I like best.
Franz Kafka quotes: Every dog has like me the impulse to question, and I have like every dog the impulse not to answer. Every dog has like me the impulse to question, and I have like every dog the impulse not to answer.
Franz Kafka quotes: As far as I have seen, at school ... they aimed at blotting out one's individuality. As far as I have seen, at school ... they aimed at blotting out one's individuality.
Franz Kafka quotes: It was half past six and the hands were quietly moving forwards. It was half past six and the hands were quietly moving forwards.
Franz Kafka quotes: One must fight to get to the top, especially if one starts at the bottom. One must fight to get to the top, especially if one starts at the bottom.
Franz Kafka quotes: My writing was all about you; all I did there, after all, was to bemoan what I could not bemoan upon your breast. My writing was all about you; all I did there, after all, was to bemoan what I could not bemoan upon your breast.
Franz Kafka quotes: A false ring of the night bell, once answered - it can never be made right. A false ring of the night bell, once answered - it can never be made right.
Franz Kafka quotes: One morning Gregor Samsa found himself, in bed, transformed into a monstrous vermin. One morning Gregor Samsa found himself, in bed, transformed into a monstrous vermin.
Franz Kafka quotes: I no longer know If I wish to drown myself in love, vodka or the sea. I no longer know If I wish to drown myself in love, vodka or the sea.
Franz Kafka quotes: Writer speaks a stench. Writer speaks a stench.
Franz Kafka quotes: Ours is a lost generation, it may be, but it is more blameless than those earlier generations. Ours is a lost generation, it may be, but it is more blameless than those earlier generations.
Franz Kafka quotes: Nothing unites two people so completely, especially if, like you and me, all they have is words. Nothing unites two people so completely, especially if, like you and me, all they have is words.
Franz Kafka quotes: We are instructed to do the negative; the positive is already within us. We are instructed to do the negative; the positive is already within us.
Franz Kafka quotes: Our art is a way of being dazzled by truth: the light on the grotesquely grimacing retreating face is true, and nothing else. Our art is a way of being dazzled by truth: the light on the grotesquely grimacing retreating face is true, and nothing else.
Franz Kafka quotes: Sometimes in his arrogance he has more anxiety for the world than for himself. Sometimes in his arrogance he has more anxiety for the world than for himself.
Franz Kafka quotes: Logic is of course unshakeable, but it cannot hold out against a man who wants to live. Logic is of course unshakeable, but it cannot hold out against a man who wants to live.
Franz Kafka quotes: One day, a leopard stalked into the synagogue, roaring and lashing its tail. Three weeks later, it had become part of the liturgy. 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 quotes: Someone must have slandered Josef K., for one morning, without having done anything truly wrong, he was arrested. Someone must have slandered Josef K., for one morning, without having done anything truly wrong, he was arrested.
Franz Kafka quotes: So then you're free?' 'Yes, I'm free,' said Karl, and nothing seemed more worthless than his freedom. So then you're free?'
'Yes, I'm free,' said Karl, and nothing seemed more worthless than his freedom.
Franz Kafka quotes: You are free and that is why you are lost. You are free and that is why you are lost.
Franz Kafka quotes: If a man has his eyes bound, you can encourage him as much as you like to stare through the bandage, but he'll never see anything. If a man has his eyes bound, you can encourage him as much as you like to stare through the bandage, but he'll never see anything.
Franz Kafka quotes: It seems to be a fact that man, tortured by his demons, avenges himself blindly on his fellow-man. It seems to be a fact that man, tortured by his demons, avenges himself blindly on his fellow-man.
Franz Kafka quotes: Like tired dogs they stand there,because they use up all their strengthin remaining upright in one's memory. Like tired dogs they stand there,
because they use up all their strength
in remaining upright in one's memory.
Franz Kafka quotes: Writing is prayer. Writing is prayer.
Franz Kafka quotes: I'll shut myself off from everyone to the point of insensibility. Make an enemy of everyone, speak to no one. I'll shut myself off from everyone to the point of insensibility. Make an enemy of everyone, speak to no one.
Franz Kafka quotes: Nothing is as deceptive as a photograph. Nothing is as deceptive as a photograph.
Franz Kafka quotes: The longer one hesitates before the door, the more estranged one becomes. The longer one hesitates before the door, the more estranged one becomes.
Franz Kafka quotes: Every thing that you love, you will eventually lose, but in the end, love will return in a different form. Every thing that you love, you will eventually lose, but in the end, love will return in a different form.
Franz Kafka quotes: Every one of us has a bad conscience, which he tries to escape by going to sleep as quickly as possible. Every one of us has a bad conscience, which he tries to escape by going to sleep as quickly as possible.
Franz Kafka quotes: I, however, cannot force myself to use "meat drugs" to cheat on my loneliness. I, however, cannot force myself to use "meat drugs" to cheat on my loneliness.
Franz Kafka quotes: There is a goal but no way; what we call the way is mere wavering. There is a goal but no way; what we call the way is mere wavering.
Franz Kafka quotes: Then his head sank to the floor of its own accord and from his nostrils came the last faint flicker of his breath. Then his head sank to the floor of its own accord and from his nostrils came the last faint flicker of his breath.
Franz Kafka quotes: I like to make use of what I know I like to make use of what I know
Franz Kafka quotes: Uncertainty, aridity, peace-all things will resolve themselves into these and pass away. Uncertainty, aridity, peace-all things will resolve themselves into these and pass away.
Franz Kafka quotes: The history of mankind is the instant between two strides taken by a traveler. The history of mankind is the instant between two strides taken by a traveler.
Franz Kafka quotes: My doubts stand in a circle around every word, I see them before I see the word, but what then! I do not see the word at all, I invent My doubts stand in a circle around every word, I see them before I see the word, but what then! I do not see the word at all, I invent it.
Franz Kafka quotes: In the fight between you and the world, back the world. In the fight between you and the world, back the world.
Franz Kafka quotes: No one can crave what truly harms him. No one can crave what truly harms him.
Franz Kafka quotes: Alone -- do you know what that means? Alone -- do you know what that means?
Franz Kafka quotes: Logic may indeed be unshakeable, but it cannot withstand a man who is determined to live. Logic may indeed be unshakeable, but it cannot withstand a man who is determined to live.
Franz Kafka quotes: Guilt is never to be doubted. Guilt is never to be doubted.
Franz Kafka quotes: But I will write in spite of everything, absolutely; it is my struggle for self-preservation. But I will write in spite of everything, absolutely; it is my struggle for self-preservation.
Franz Kafka quotes: Look at this, Willem, he admits he doesn't know the law and at the same time insists he's innocent. Look at this, Willem, he admits he doesn't know the law and at the same time insists he's innocent.
Franz Kafka quotes: [He] used to be so insignificant that one literally felt alone in his presence. [He] used to be so insignificant that one literally felt alone in his presence.
Franz Kafka quotes: One tells as few lies as possible only by telling as few lies as possible and not by having the least possible opportunity to do so. One tells as few lies as possible only by telling as few lies as possible and not by having the least possible opportunity to do so.
Franz Kafka quotes: The man in ecstasy and the man drowning - both throw up their arms. The man in ecstasy and the man drowning - both throw up their arms.
Franz Kafka quotes: You've seen yourself how difficult the writing is to decipher with your eyes, but our man deciphers it with his wounds. You've seen yourself how difficult the writing is to decipher with your eyes, but our man deciphers it with his wounds.
Franz Kafka quotes: Nothing, you know, gives the body greater satisfaction than ordering people about, or at least believing in one's ability to do so. Nothing, you know, gives the body greater satisfaction than ordering people about, or at least believing in one's ability to do so.
Franz Kafka quotes: Association with human beings lures one into self-observation. Association with human beings lures one into self-observation.
Franz Kafka quotes: I feel an unhappiness which almost dismembers me, and at the same time am convinced of its necessity I feel an unhappiness which almost dismembers me, and at the same time am convinced of its necessity
Franz Kafka quotes: I can't fashion myself into a different person who might be better suited to be his friend. I can't fashion myself into a different person who might be better suited to be his friend.
Franz Kafka quotes: Illusions are more common than changes in fortune Illusions are more common than changes in fortune
Franz Kafka quotes: No matter how much you keep encouraging someone who is blindfolded to stare through the cloth, he still won't see a thing.. 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 quotes: The limited circle is pure. The limited circle is pure.
Franz Kafka quotes: Nor is it perhaps really love when I say that for me you are the most beloved; In this love you are like a knife, with which I explore myself. Nor is it perhaps really love when I say that for me you are the most beloved; In this love you are like a knife, with which I explore myself.
Franz Kafka quotes: The ulterior motives with which you absorb and assimilate Evil are not your own but those of Evil. The ulterior motives with which you absorb and assimilate Evil are not your own but those of Evil.
Franz Kafka quotes: I miss you deeply, unfathomably, senselessly, terribly. I miss you deeply, unfathomably, senselessly, terribly.
Franz Kafka quotes: He remembered his family with deep feelings of love. He remembered his family with deep feelings of love.
Franz Kafka quotes: Youth looks good in anything; unpleasant details lose themselves against the unabating vigour of youth ... Youth looks good in anything; unpleasant details lose themselves against the unabating vigour of youth ...