Franz Kafka Quotes & Wallpapers

Franz Kafka
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Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Franz Kafka

Isolation is a way to know ourselves. Franz Kafka

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

Written kisses never arrive at their destination; the ghosts drink them up along the way. Franz Kafka

You are at once both the quiet and the confusion of my heart. Franz Kafka

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

Please - consider me a dream. Franz Kafka

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

He is terribly afraid of dying because he has' yet lived. Franz Kafka

What do I have in common with Jews? I don't even have anything in common with myself. Franz Kafka

Follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly. Franz Kafka

[Love] has as few problems as a motocar. The only problems are the driver, the passengers, and the road. Franz Kafka

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

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

One reads in order to ask questions Franz Kafka

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

Everyone strives to reach the Law. Franz Kafka

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

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

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

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

From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached. Franz Kafka

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

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

He was a tool of the boss, without brains or backbone. Franz Kafka

The ulterior motives with which you absorb and assimilate Evil are not your own but those of Evil. Franz Kafka

There are times when I am convinced I am unfit for any human relationship. Franz Kafka

My guiding principle is this: Guilt is never to be doubted. Franz Kafka

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

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

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

In a certain sense the Good is comfortless. Franz Kafka

You need not even listen, just wait...the world will offer itself freely to you, unmasking itself. Franz Kafka

One day, a leopard stalked into the synagogue, roaring and lashing its tail. Three weeks later, it had become part of the liturgy. Franz Kafka

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

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

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

A book should serve as an axe to the ice inside us. Franz Kafka

Hiding places there are innumerable, escape is only one, but possibilities for escape, again, are as many as hiding places. Franz Kafka

In the struggle between yourself and the world, second the world. Franz Kafka

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

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

Some books seem like a key to unfamiliar rooms in one's own castle. Franz Kafka

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

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

Human judgment of human actions is true and void, that is to say, first true and then void... The judgment of the word is true, the judgment in itself is void... Only he who is a party can really judge, but as a party he cannot judge. Hence it follows that there is no possibility of judgment in the world, only a glimmer of it. Franz Kafka

Somebody must have been telling lies about Joseph K., for without having done anything wrong he was arrested one fine morning. Franz Kafka

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

Love is a drama of contradictions. Franz Kafka

They say ignorance is bliss.... they're wrong Franz Kafka

Writing means revealing oneself to excess. Franz Kafka

Going to pieces. To go to pieces so pointlessly and unnecessarily. Franz Kafka

A book must be an ice-axe to break the seas frozen inside our soul. Franz Kafka

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

He who does not answer the questions has passed the test. Franz Kafka

I'm thinking only of my illness and my health, though both, the first as well as the second, are you. Franz Kafka

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

The whole visible world is perhaps nothing more than the rationalization of a man who wants to find peace for a moment. Franz Kafka

The true word leads; the untrue misleads. Franz Kafka

Either the world is so tiny or we are enormous; in either case, we fill it completely. Franz Kafka

Nothing is as deceptive as a photograph. Franz Kafka

A cage went in search of a bird. Franz Kafka

Everything you say is boring and incomprehensible, she said, but that alone doesn't make it true. Franz Kafka

Every thing that you love, you will eventually lose, but in the end, love will return in a different form. Franz Kafka

As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect. Franz Kafka

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

I am in chains. Don't touch my chains. Franz Kafka

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

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

Even the merest gesture is holy if it is filled with faith. Franz Kafka



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