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Quotes Franz Kafka

A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us.

Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.

I am a cage, in search of a bird.

For many is a book, like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self.

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

I am free and that is why I am lost.

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

The meaning of life is that it stops.

All language is but a poor translation.

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

Paths are made by walking.

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

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

Writing is utter solitude, the descent into the cold abyss of oneself.

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

You are the knife I turn inside myself; that is love. That, my dear, is love.


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