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Franz Kafka
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Follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly. Franz Kafka
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What do I have in common with Jews? I don't even have anything in common with myself. Franz Kafka
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there is nothing bad to fear; once you have crossed that threshold, all is well. Another world, and you do not have to speak Franz Kafka
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You are at once both the quiet and the confusion of my heart. Franz Kafka
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Everyone carries a room about inside him. This fact can even be proved by means of the sense of hearing. If someone walks fast and one pricks up one's ears and listens, say in the night, when everything round about is quiet, one hears, for instance, the rattling of a mirror not quite firmly fastened to the wall. Franz Kafka
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Please - consider me a dream. Franz Kafka
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it was like this. the brain could no longer bear the worries and pains that were imposed on it. it said: "i'm giving up; but if there is anyone else here who is interested in preserving the whole, let him assume part of my burden and it will be alright for a bit. Franz Kafka
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Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Franz Kafka
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Isolation is a way to know ourselves. Franz Kafka
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I can once more carry on a conversation with myself, and don't stare so into complete emptiness. Only in this way is there any possibility of improvement for me. Franz Kafka
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He was a tool of the boss, without brains or backbone. Franz Kafka
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You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet. Franz Kafka
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From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached. Franz Kafka
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One advantage in keeping a diary is that you become aware with reassuring clarity of the changes which you constantly suffer. Franz Kafka
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I do not read advertisements. I would spend all of my time wanting things. Franz Kafka
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My guiding principle is this: Guilt is never to be doubted. Franz Kafka
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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. Franz Kafka
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Always first draw fresh breath after outbursts of vanity and complacency. Franz Kafka
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The spirit becomes free only when it ceases to be a support. Franz Kafka
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In a certain sense the Good is comfortless. Franz Kafka
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The ulterior motives with which you absorb and assimilate Evil are not your own but those of Evil. Franz Kafka
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There are times when I am convinced I am unfit for any human relationship. Franz Kafka
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[Love] has as few problems as a motocar. The only problems are the driver, the passengers, and the road. Franz Kafka
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It is strange how little sharpsightedness women possess; they only notice whether they please, then whether they arouse pity, and finally, whether you look for compassion from them. That is all; come to think of it, it may even be enough, generally speaking. Franz Kafka
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Written kisses never arrive at their destination; the ghosts drink them up along the way. Franz Kafka
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His weariness is that of the gladiator after the combat; his work was the whitewashing of a corner in a state official's office. Franz Kafka
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Believing in progress does not mean believing that any progress has yet been made. That is not the sort of belief that indicates real faith. Franz Kafka
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Everyone strives to reach the Law. Franz Kafka
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One reads in order to ask questions Franz Kafka
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The true way goes over a line that, rather than spanning heights, is hardly above the ground. It appears more decidedly to make one trip than to be walked along. Franz Kafka
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He is terribly afraid of dying because he has' yet lived. Franz Kafka
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I write differently from what I speak, I speak differently from what I think, I think differently from the way I ought to think, and so it all proceeds into deepest darkness. Franz Kafka
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Writing means revealing oneself to excess. Franz Kafka
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You need not even listen, just wait...the world will offer itself freely to you, unmasking itself. Franz Kafka
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I'm thinking only of my illness and my health, though both, the first as well as the second, are you. Franz Kafka
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They did not know what we can now sense as we contemplate the course of history: that change begins in the soul before it shows in our lives... Franz Kafka
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That's how it will be, except that in reality, both today and later, one will stand there with a palpable body and a real head, a real forehead, that is, for smiting on with one's hand. Franz Kafka
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They say ignorance is bliss.... they're wrong Franz Kafka
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A book must be an ice-axe to break the seas frozen inside our soul. Franz Kafka
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I believe that we should only read those books that bite and sting us. If a book does not rouse us with a blow then why read it? Franz Kafka
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Going to pieces. To go to pieces so pointlessly and unnecessarily. Franz Kafka
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There's no quiet place here on earth for our love, not in the village and not anywhere else, so I picture a grave, deep and narrow, in which we embrace as if clamped together, I bury my face against you, you yours against me, and no one will ever see us. Franz Kafka
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A book should serve as an axe to the ice inside us. Franz Kafka
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Love is a drama of contradictions. Franz Kafka
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Productivity is being able to do things that you were never able to do before. Franz Kafka
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I have the true feeling of myself only when I am unbearably unhappy. Franz Kafka
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Alas," said the mouse, "the whole world is growing smaller every day. At the beginning it was so big that I was afraid, I kept running and running, and I was glad when I saw walls far away to the right and left, but these long walls have narrowed so quickly that I am in the last chamber already, and there in the corner stands the trap that I must run into." "You only need to change your direction," said the cat, and ate it up. Franz Kafka
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I am in chains. Don't touch my chains. Franz Kafka
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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
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For we are like tree trunks in the snow. In appearance they lie smoothly and a little push should be enough to set them rolling. No, it can't be done, for they are firmly wedded to the ground. But see, even that is only appearance. Franz Kafka
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Even the merest gesture is holy if it is filled with faith. Franz Kafka
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There is an infinite amount of hope in the universe ... but not for us. Franz Kafka
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By imposing too great a responsibility, or rather, all responsibility, on yourself, you crush yourself. Franz Kafka
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A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us. Franz Kafka
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Believing in progress does not mean believing that any progress has yet been made. Franz Kafka
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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. Franz Kafka
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It is only our conception of time that makes us call the Last Judgement by this name. It is, in fact, a kind of martial law. Franz Kafka
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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. Franz Kafka
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If what was supposed to have been destroyed in Paradise was destructible, then it was not decisive; but if it was indestructible, then we are living in a false belief. Franz Kafka
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Anyone who renounces the world must love all men, for he renounces their world too. He thus begins to have some inkling of the true nature of man, which cannot but be loved, always assuming that one is its peer. Franz Kafka
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The cruelty of death lies in the fact that it brings the real sorrow of the end, but not the end. The greatest cruelty of death: an apparent end causes a real sorrow. Our salvation is death, but not this one. Franz Kafka
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The Messiah will come only when he is no longer necessary, he will come only one day after his arrival, he will not come on the last day, but on the last day of all. Franz Kafka
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Hiding places there are innumerable, escape is only one, but possibilities for escape, again, are as many as hiding places. Franz Kafka
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In the struggle between yourself and the world, second the world. Franz Kafka
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A cage went in search of a bird. Franz Kafka
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Everything you say is boring and incomprehensible, she said, but that alone doesn't make it true. Franz Kafka
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It requires enormous presence of mind or rather quickness of wit, when opening your eyes to seize hold as it were of everything in the room at exactly the same place where you had let it go on the previous evening. That is why the moment of waking up was the riskiest moment of the day. Once that was well over without deflecting you from your orbit, you could take heart of grace for the rest of the day. Franz Kafka
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The whole visible world is perhaps nothing more than the rationalization of a man who wants to find peace for a moment. Franz Kafka
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Some books seem like a key to unfamiliar rooms in one's own castle. Franz Kafka
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Writing sustains me. But would' it be better to say it sustains this kind of life? Which doesn't mean life is any better when I do' write. On the contrary, it is far worse, wholly unbearable, and inevitably ends in madness. This is, of course, only on the assumption that I am a writer even when I do' write - which is indeed the case; and a non-writing writer is, in fact, a monster courting insanity. Franz Kafka
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