Franz Kafka

Franz Kafka

Franz Kafka (3 July 1883 – 3 June 1924) was a Prague German-language novelist and short story writer, widely regarded as one of the major figures of 20th-century literature. His work, which fuses elements of realism and the fantastic, typically features isolated protagonists faced by bizarre or surrealistic predicaments and incomprehensible social-bureaucratic powers, and has been interpreted as exploring themes of alienation, existential anxiety, guilt, and absurdity.

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He who seeks does not find but he who does not seek will be found.

Let me remind you of the old maxim: people under suspicion are better moving than at rest since at rest they may be sitting in the balance without knowing it being weighed together with their sins.

If I shall exist eternally how shall I exist tomorrow?

In the fight between you and the world back the world.

One must not cheat anyone not even the world of its victory.

It is comforting to reflect that the disproportion of things in the world seems to be only arithmetical.

Idleness is the beginning of all vice the crown of all virtues.

Martyrs do not underrate the body they allow it to be elevated on the cross. In this they are at one with their antagonists.

Suffering is the positive element in this world indeed it is the only link between this world and the positive.

A first sign of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die.

The Bible is a sanctum, the world sputum.

In theory there is a possibility of perfect happiness: To believe in the indestructible element within one and not to strive towards it.

One advantage in keeping a diary is that you become aware with reassuring clarity of the changes which you constantly suffer.

Writers speak stench.

Productivity is being able to do things that you were never able to do before.

Dread of night. Dread of not-night.

In a certain sense the Good is comfortless.

Hesitation before birth. If there is a transmigration of souls then I am not yet on the bottom rung. My life is a hesitation before birth.

It is not necessary that you leave the house. Remain at your table and listen. Do not even listen only wait. Do not even wait be wholly still and alone. The world will present itself to you for its unmasking it can do no other in ecstasy it will writhe at your feet.

Always first draw fresh breath after outbursts of vanity and complacency.

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