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“sleep is the most innocent creature there is and a sleepless man
the most guilty.”
Franz Kafka, Letters to Milena
“Life's splendor forever lies in wait about each one of us in all its fullness, but veiled from view, deep down, invisible, far off. It is there, though, not hostile, not reluctant, not deaf. If you summon it by the right word, by its right name, it will come.”
Franz Kafka, Diaries, 1910 1923
“I can love only what I can place so high above me that I cannot reach it.”
Franz Kafka
“Evil is whatever distracts.”
Franz Kafka
“He thought back on his family with deep emotion and love. His conviction that he would have to disappear was, if possible, even firmer than his sister's. He remained in this state of empty and peaceful reflection until the tower clock struck three in the morning. He still saw that outside the window everything was beginning to grow light. Then, without his consent, his head sank down to the floor, and from his nostrils streamed his last weak breath.”
Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis
“What if I slept a little more and forgot about all this nonsense.”
Franz Kafka
“Nervous states of the worst sort control me without pause. Everything that is not literature bores me and I hate it. I lack all aptitude for family life except, at best, as an observer. I have no family feeling and visitors make me almost feel as though I were maliciously being attacked.”
Franz Kafka, Diaries, 1910-1923
“Anyone who cannot cope with life while he is alive needs one hand to ward off a little his despair over his fate...but with his other hand he can jot down what he sees among the ruins, for he sees different and more things than the others; after all, he is dead in his own lifetime and the real survivor.”
Franz Kafka
“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, The Trial
“Hold fast to the diary from today on! Write regularly! Don't surrender! Even if no salvation should come, I want to be worthy of it every moment.”
Franz Kafka
“You can choose to be free , but it's last decision you'll ever make”
-Kafka
“It certainly was not my intention to make you suffer, yet i have done so; obviously it never will be my intention to make you suffer, yet I shall always do so.”
Franz Kafka, Letters to Felice‎
“For myself I am too heavy, and for you too light.”
Franz Kafka, Letters to Milena
“He was a tool of the boss, without brains or backbone.”
Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis
“Sometimes I have the feeling that we're in one room with two opposite doors and each of us holds the handle of one door, one of us flicks an eyelash and the other is already behind his door, and now the first one has but to utter a word ad immediately the second one has closed his door behind him and can no longer be seen. He's sure to open the door again for it's a room which perhaps one cannot leave. If only the first one were not precisely like the second, if he were calm, if he would only pretend not to look at the other, if he slowly set the room in order as though it were a room like any other; but instead he does exactly the same as the other at his door, sometimes even both are behind the doors and the the beautiful room is empty.”
Franz Kafka, Letters to Milena
“The person I am in the company of my sisters has been entirely different from the person I am in the company of other people. Fearless, powerful, surprising, moved as I otherwise am only when I write.”
Franz Kafka, Diaries, 1910-1923
“I lack nothing. I only needed myself.”
Franz Kafka
“The right understanding of any matter and a misunderstanding of the same matter do not wholly exclude each other.”
Franz Kafka, The Trial
“Being alone has a power over me that never fails. My interior dissolves (for the time being only superficially) and is ready to release what lies deeper. When I am willfully alone, a slight ordering of my interior begins to take place and I need nothing more.”
Franz Kafka, Diaries, 1910-1923
“So eager are our people to obliterate the present.”
Franz Kafka
“Nothing unites two people so completely, especially if, like you and me, all they have is words.”
Franz Kafka, Letters to Felice‎
“I do not read advertisements. I would spend all of my time wanting things. ”
Franz Kafka
“I’m doing badly, I’m doing well, whichever you prefer.”
Franz Kafka, Letters to Milena
“I am always trying to convey something that can’t be conveyed, to explain something which is inexplicable, to tell about something I have in my bones, something which can be expressed only in the bones.”
Franz Kafka, Letters to Milena
tags: bones
“Forget everything. Open the windows. Clear the room. The wind blows through it. You see only its emptiness, you search in every corner and don’t find yourself.”
Franz Kafka, Diaries, 1910-1923
“Even the merest gesture is holy if it is filled with faith.”
Franz Kafka
tags: faith
“Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy.”
Franz Kafka
“I’m thinking only of my illness and my health, though both, the first as well as the second, are you.”
Franz Kafka, Letters to Milena
“Even if no salvation should come, I want to be worthy of it at every moment.”
Franz Kafka
“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
tags: humor


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