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“I have spent all my life resisting the desire to end it.”
Franz Kafka, Letters to Milena
“I never wish to be easily defined. I’d rather float over other people’s minds as something strictly fluid and non-perceivable; more like a transparent, paradoxically iridescent creature rather than an actual person.”
Franz Kafka
“Better to have, and not need, than to need, and not have.”
Franz Kafka
“I am constantly trying to communicate something incommunicable, to explain something inexplicable, to tell about something I only feel in my bones and which can only be experienced in those bones. Basically it is nothing other than this fear we have so often talked about, but fear spread to everything, fear of the greatest as of the smallest, fear, paralyzing fear of pronouncing a word, although this fear may not only be fear but also a longing for something greater than all that is fearful.”
Franz Kafka, Letters to Milena
“I miss you deeply, unfathomably, senselessly, terribly.”
Franz Kafka, Letters to Milena
“They say ignorance is bliss.... they're wrong ”
Franz Kafka
“As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect.”
Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis
“You are at once both the quiet and the confusion of my heart.”
Franz Kafka
“This tremendous world I have inside of me. How to free myself, and this world, without tearing myself to pieces. And rather tear myself to a thousand pieces than be buried with this world within me.”
Kafka Franz, Diaries, 1910-1923
“In man's struggle against the world, bet on the world.”
Franz Kafka
“I need solitude for my writing; not 'like a hermit' - that wouldn't be enough - but like a dead man.”
Franz Kafka
“May I kiss you then? On this miserable paper? I might as well open the window and kiss the night air.”
Franz Kafka
“I’m tired, can’t think of anything and want only to lay my face in your lap, feel your hand on my head and remain like that through all eternity.”
Franz Kafka, Letters to Milena
“L'éternité, c'est long ... surtout vers la fin.”
Franz Kafka
“Beyond a certain point there is no return. This point has to be reached.”
Franz Kafka
“My peers, lately, have found companionship through means of intoxication--it makes them sociable. I, however, cannot force myself to use drugs to cheat on my loneliness--it is all that I have--and when the drugs and alcohol dissipate, will be all that my peers have as well.”
Franz Kafka
“Love is a drama of contradictions.”
Franz Kafka
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“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
“April 27. Incapable of living with people, of speaking. Complete immersion in myself, thinking of myself. Apathetic, witless, fearful. I have nothing to say to anyone - never.”
Franz Kafka, Diaries, 1910-1923
“First impressions are always unreliable.”
Franz Kafka
“We photograph things in order to drive them out of our minds. My stories are a way of shutting my eyes.”
Franz Kafka
“The truth is always an abyss. One must — as in a swimming pool — dare to dive from the quivering springboard of trivial everyday experience and sink into the depths, in order to later rise again — laughing and fighting for breath — to the now doubly illuminated surface of things.”
Franz Kafka
“Most men are not wicked... They are sleep-walkers, not evil evildoers.”
Franz Kafka
“One of the first signs of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die. This life appears unbearable, another unattainable. One is no longer ashamed of wanting to die; one asks to be moved from the old cell, which one hates, to a new one, which one willl only in time come to hate. In this there is also a residue of belief that during the move the master will chance to come along the corridor, look at the prisoner and say: "This man is not to be locked up again, He is to come with me.”
Franz Kafka, Blue Octavo Notebooks
“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, The Trial
“In a way, you are poetry material; You are full of cloudy subtleties I am willing to spend a lifetime figuring out. Words burst in your essence and you carry their dust in the pores of your ethereal individuality.”
Franz Kafka, Letters to Milena
“We are as forlorn as children lost in the wood. When you stand in front of me and look at me, what do you know of the griefs that are in me and what do I know of yours? And if I were to cast myself down before you and tell you, what more would you know about me that you know about Hell when someone tells you it is hot and dreadful?”
Franz Kafka
“People label themselves with all sorts of adjectives. I can only pronounce myself as 'nauseatingly miserable beyond repair'.”
Franz Kafka, Diaries, 1910-1923
“Written kisses don't reach their destination, rather they are drunk on the way by the ghosts.”
Franz Kafka, Letters to Milena
“Just think how many thoughts a blanket smothers while one lies alone in bed, and how many unhappy dreams it keeps warm.”
Franz Kafka, The Complete Stories


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