Quotes by Franz Kafka

Franz Kafka

Franz Kafka

Chech German-speaking writer

Alive from: 1883-1924

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

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    Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.
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    A belief is like a guillotine, just as heavy, just as light.
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    A first sign of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die.
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    All human errors are impatience, a premature breaking off of methodical procedure, an apparent fencing-in of what is apparently at issue.
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    Anyone who cannot come to terms with his 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 note down what he sees among the ruins.
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    Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy.
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    Evil is whatever distracts.
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    From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached.
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    I have the true feeling of myself only when I am unbearably unhappy.
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    In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it's the exact opposite.
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    In the fight between you and the world, back the world.
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    In theory there is a possibility of perfect happiness: To believe in the indestructible element within one, and not to strive towards it.
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    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.
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    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.
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    May I kiss you then? On this miserable paper? I might as well open the window and kiss the night air.
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