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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The relationship to one's fellow man is the relationship of prayer the relationship to oneself is the relationship of striving, it is from prayer that one draws the strength for one's striving.

We are sinful not only because we have eaten of the Tree of Knowledge but also because we have not yet eaten of the Tree of Life. The state in which we are is sinful irrespective of guilt.

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

God gives the nuts but he does not crack them.

I do not read advertisements. I would spend all of my time wanting things.

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.

The thornbush is the old obstacle in the road. It must catch fire if you want to go further.

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

The experience of life consists of the experience which the spirit has of itself in matter and as matter in mind and as mind in emotion as emotion etc.

No sooner said than done - so acts your man of worth.

Religions get lost as people do.

How pathetically scanty my self-knowledge is compared with say my knowledge of my room. There is no such thing as observation of the inner world as there is of the outer world.

Self-control means wanting to be effective at some random point in the infinite radiations of my spiritual existence.

Hiding places there are innumerable escape is only one but possibilities of escape again are as many as hiding places.

Woman or more precisely put perhaps marriage is the representative of life with which you are meant to come to terms.

Association with human beings lures one into self-observation.

Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable.

By imposing too great a responsibility or rather all responsibility on yourself you crush yourself.

We are separated from God on two sides, the Fall separates us from Him the Tree of Life separates Him from us.

The spirit becomes free only when it ceases to be a support.

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