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Franz Kafka (1883 – 1924)


Bohemian-Jewish novelist, and was one of the major German-language fiction writers of the 20th century.
Franz Kafka
The right understanding of any matter and a misunderstanding of the same matter do not wholly exclude each other.
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"Oh well, memories,” said I. “Yes, even remembering in itself is sad, yet how much more its object! Don’t let yourself in for things like that, it’s not for you and it’s not for me. It only weakens one’s present position without strengthening the former one—nothing is more obvious—quite apart from the fact that the former one doesn’t need strengthening."
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A belief is like a guillotine, just as heavy, just as light.




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"Hey, there’s something falling down in there," said the chief clerk. Gregor tried to suppose to himself that what had happened to him might some day also happen to the chief clerk. There was no denying that anything was possible.
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Leopards break into the temple and drink to the dregs what is in the sacrificial pitchers; this is repeated over and over again; finally it can be calculated in advance, and it becomes a part of the ceremony.
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If it had been possible to build the Tower of Babel without climbing it, it would have been permitted.
Franz Kafka
Two possibilities: making oneself infinitely small or being so. The second is perfection, that is to say, inactivity, the first is beginning, that is to say, action.
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The whole visible world is perhaps nothing other than a motivation of man’s wish to rest for a moment — an attempt to falsify the fact of knowledge, to try to turn the knowledge into the goal.
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"You asking me the way?" "Yes," I said, "since I can't find it myself." "Give it up! Give it up!" said he, and turned with a sudden jerk, like someone who wants to be alone with his laughter.
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One must not cheat anyone, not even the world of its victory.
Franz Kafka
Previously I did not understand why I got no answer to my question; today I do not understand how I could believe I was capable of asking. But I didn’t really believe, I only asked.




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What is meant by its nature for the highest and the best, spreads among the lowly people.
Franz Kafka
This question of yours, Sir, about my being a house painter — or rather, not a question, you simply made a statement — is typical of the whole character of this trial that is being foisted on me. You may object that it is not a trial at all; you are quite right, for it is only a trial if I recognize it as such. But for the moment I do recognize it, on grounds of compassion, as it were. One can't regard it except with compassion, if one is to regard it at all. I do not say that your procedure is contemptible, but I should like to present that epithet to you for your private consumption.
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As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into an enormous insect.
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The mediation by the serpent was necessary: Evil can seduce man, but cannot become man.
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One of the first signs of the beginnings 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 will only in time come to hate.
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What is gayer than believing in a household god?
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In the struggle between yourself and the world, second the world.
Franz Kafka
The indestructible is one: it is each individual human being and, at the same time, it is common to all, hence the incomparably indivisible union that exists between human beings.
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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.


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