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#1. One idiot is one idiot. Two idiots are two idiots. Ten thousand idiots are a political party. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#2. 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. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#3. The thornbush is the old obstacle in the road. It must catch fire if you want to go further. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#4. Anyway, it's best not to think about them, as if you do it makes the discussions with the other lawyers, all their advice and all that they do manage to achieve, seem so unpleasant and useless, I had that experience myself, just wanted to throw everything away and lay at home in bed and hear nothing more about it. But that, of course, would be the stupidest thing you could do, and you wouldn't be left in peace in bed for very long either. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#5. Every thing that you love, you will eventually lose, but in the end, love will return in a different form. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#6. If you sum up your judgment of me, the result you get is that, although you don't charge me with anything downright improper or wicked . . . , you do charge me with coldness, estrangements and ingratitude. And, what is more, you charge me with it in such a way as to make it seem my fault, as though I might have been able, with something like a touch on the steering wheel, to make everything quite different, while you aren't in the slightest to blame, unless it be for having been too good to me.
This, your usual way of representing it, I regard as accurate only in so far as I too believe you are entirely blameless in the matter of our estrangement. But I am equally entirely blameless. If I could get you to acknowledge this, then what would be possible is - not, I think, a new life, we are both much too old for that - but still, a kind of peace . . . - Author: Franz Kafka
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#7. The Bible is a sanctum; the world, sputum. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#8. Gregor's glance then turned to the window. The dreary weather - the
rain drops were falling audibly down on the metal window
ledge - made him quite melancholy. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#9. Brod was a brilliant intellectual with exceptional energy; a generous man willing to do battle for others; his attachment to Kafka was warm and disinterested. The only problem was his artistic orientation: a man of ideas, he knew nothing of the passion for form; his novels (he wrote twenty of them) are sadly conventional; and above all: he understood nothing at all about modern art.
Why, despite all this, was Kafka so fond of him? What about you-do you stop being fond of your best friend because he has a compulsion to write bad verse? - Author: Milan Kundera
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#10. Kafka is one of my very favorite writers. Kafka's fictional world is already so complete that trying to follow in his steps is not just pointless, but quite risky, too. What I see myself doing, rather, is writing novels where, in my own way, I dismantle the fictional world of Kafka that itself dismantled the existing novelistic system. - Author: Haruki Murakami
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#11. Human nature, essentially changeable, unstable as the dust, can endure no restraint; if it binds itself it soon begins to tear madly at its bonds, until it renders everything asunder, the wall, and the bonds and its very self. - Author: Kafka, Franz
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#12. I was wise, if you like, because I was prepared for death at any moment, but not because I had taken care of everything that was given to me to do, rather because I had done none of it and could not even hope ever to do any of it. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#13. Calm - indeed the calmest - reflection might be better than the most confused decisions - Author: Franz Kafka
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#14. Go on caring for me. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#15. I can never tear myself open wide enough to people to reveal everything and so frighten them away. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#16. I won't give up the diary again. I must hold on here, it is the only place I can. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#17. And don't demand any sincerity from me, Milena. No one can demand it from me more than I myself and yet many things elude me, I'm sure, perhaps everything eludes me. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#18. Incidentally, it's easy to write prescriptions, but difficult to come to an understanding with people. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#19. There were dark hours, of course, such as came to everybody, in which you thought you had achieved nothing at all, in which it seemed to you that only the cases predestined from the start to seucceed came to a good end, which they would have reached in any event without your help, while every one of the others was doomed to fail in spite of all your manœuvres, all your exertions, all the illusory little victories on which you plumed yourself. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#20. I would be speaking even with my silence, because at the moment I am nothing but a single word. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#21. What Kafka said: I write to close my eyes. - Author: Jenny Offill
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#22. Kafka regarded the end of "The Metamorphosis"- its composition in interrupted by a business trip- as "unreadable." He also wrote in his diary that he found it"bad," but of course Kafka relished his failure. Failure is precisely what he expected and resolved to accomplish- and he hid behind it. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#23. There is an infinite amount of hope in the universe ... but not for us. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#24. We live in an age which is so possessed by demons, that soon we shall only be able to do goodness and justice in the deepest secrecy, as if it were a crime. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#25. This noble body, equipped with everything necessary, almost to the point of bursting, also appeared to carry freedom around with it. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#26. I think of reading like a balanced diet; if your sentences are too baggy, too baroque, cut back on fatty Foster Wallace, say, and pick up Kafka as roughage. - Author: Zadie Smith
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#27. I'm doing badly, I'm doing well; whichever you prefer. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#28. But Georg was not inclined to write of his commercial success to his friend, and were he to do so now, it would appear especially peculiar. So Georg always confined himself to relating the trivial matters that randomly arise from a disorganized memory on a reflective Sunday. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#29. Don Quixote's misfortune is not his imagination, but Sancho Panza. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#30. There is nothing bad to fear; once you have crossed that threshold, all is well. Another world, and you do not have to speak - Author: Franz Kafka
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#31. So now you know what else existed in the world outside of you, before you knew only about yourself! - Author: Franz Kafka
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#32. The difficulties (which other people surely find incredible) I have in speaking to people arise from the fact that my thinking, or rather the content of my consciousness, is entirely nebulous, that I remain undisturbed by this, so far as it concerns only myself, and am even occasionally self-satisfied; yet conversation with people demands pointedness, solidity, and sustained coherence, qualities not to be found in me. No one will want to lie in clouds of mist with me, and even if someone did, I couldn't expel the mist from my head; when two people come together it dissolves of itself and is nothing. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#33. Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka - Author: Franz Kafka
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#34. Kafka was a realist - Author: Gyorgy Lukacs
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#35. The worries that are the burden of which the privileged person makes an excuse in dealing with the oppressed person are in fact the worries about preserving his privileged condition. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#36. When I was 21, I wanted to write like Kafka. But, unfortunately for me, I wrote like a script editor for 'The Simpsons' who'd briefly joined a religious cult and then discovered Foucault. Such is life. - Author: Zadie Smith
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#37. And besides, can't I do it the way I always used to as a child in matters that were dangerous? I don't even need to go to the country myself, it isn't necessary. I'll send my clothed body. If it staggers out of the door of my room, the staggering will indicate not fear but its nothingness. Nor is it excitement if it stumbles on the stairs, if it travels in the country, sobbing as it goes, and there eats its supper in tears. For I myself am meanwhile lying in my bed, smoothly covered over with the yellow-brown blanket, exposed to the breeze that is wafted through the seldom-aired room. The carriages and people in the street move and walk hesitantly on shining ground, for I am still dreaming. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#38. Whoever utters 'Kafkaesque' has neither fathomed nor intuited nor felt the impress of Kafka's devisings. If there is one imperative that ought to accompany any biographical or critical approach, it is that Kafka is not to be mistaken for the Kafkaesque. - Author: Cynthia Ozick
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#39. Way
as her hands reached to the back of his father's head and she begged him to spare Gregor's life. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#40. It is not necessary to accept everything as true, one must only accept it as necessary.' 'A melancholy conclusion,' said K. 'It turns lying into a universal principle. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#41. Our winters are very long here, very long and very monotonous. But we don't complain about it downstairs, we're shielded against the winter. Oh, spring does come eventually, and summer, and they last for a while, but now, looking back, spring and summer seem too short, as if they were not much more than a couple of days, and even on those days, no matter how lovely the day, it still snows occasionally. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#42. Wherever I turn, the black wave rushes down on me. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#43. All that you are seeking is also seeking you - Author: Franz Kafka
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#44. I heard a story the other night about an editor who visited the Iowa Workshop and, when asked what sorts of books she published, replied, "Classic books." One of the students asked her, "You mean like Kafka?" Apparently she said, "Oh, I don't think I would publish Kafka." - Author: Matthew Specktor
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#45. You're part of the human fabric of experience. You don't have to have cancer to write about cancer. You don't have to have somebody close to you die to understand what death is. Definitely, the more you live, the more experiences fall into your spectrum. As a writer, you must have been told: Write about what you know. But Kafka didn't. Gogol didn't. Did Shakespeare write only what he knew? Our own selves are limitless. And our capacity for empathy is giant. - Author: Regina Spektor
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#46. It seemed remarkable to Gregor that above all the various noises of eating their chewing teeth could still be heard, as if they had wanted to show Gregor that you need teeth in order to eat and it was not possible to perform anything with jaws that are toothless however nice they might be. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#47. Only here is suffering really suffering. Not in the way that those who suffer here are to be ennobled in some other world for their suffering, but that what passes for suffering in this world is, in another world, without any change and merely without its contrariety, bliss. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#48. Logic may indeed be unshakeable, but it cannot withstand a man who is determined to live. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#49. This perversion of the truth, familiar to the artist though it was, always unnerved him afresh and proved too much for him. What was a consequence of the premature ending of his fast was here presented as the cause of it! To fight against this lack of understanding, against a whole world of nonunderstanding, was impossible. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#50. In her opinion her singing falls on deaf ears anyway; there is no lack of enthusiasm and applause, but she has long since given up hope of genuine understanding as she conceives it. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#51. We are separated from God on two sides; the Fall separates us from Him, the Tree of Life separates Him from us. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#52. My grandfather used to say: Life is astoundingly short. To me, looking back over it, life seems so foreshortened that I scarcely understand, for instance, how a young man can decide to ride over to the next village without being afraid that -not to mention accidents- even the span of a normal happy life may fall far short of the time needed for such a journey. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#53. They were offered the choice between becoming kings or the couriers of kings. The way children would, they all wanted to be couriers. Therefore there are only couriers who hurry about the world, shouting to each other - since there are no kings - messages that have become meaningless. They would like to put an end to this miserable life of theirs but they dare not because of their oaths of service. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#54. There is a down-and-outness under true knowledge and a childlike happy arising from it. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#55. I answer one of your letters, then lie in bed in apparent calm, but my heart beats through my entire body and is conscious only of you. I belong to you; there is really no other way of expressing it, and that is not strong enough. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#56. If you have food in your jaws you have solved all questions for the time being. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#57. Sometimes I think I can expiate all my past and future sins through the aching of my bones. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#58. I do not speak as I think, I do not think as I should, and so it all goes on in helpless darkness. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#59. I mustn't look at you too much, or I won't be able to take my eyes off you at all. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#60. Just because your doctor has a name for your condition, doesn't mean he knows what it is. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#61. His escape is ultimately doomed by his utter devotion to his family, which never diminishes. The guilt brought on by Gregor's newfound inability to provide for his family- financially and emotionally- prevents him from attaining any sort of liberation. Perhaps recognizing this conundrum, Gregor chooses to remain an insect. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#62. 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. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#63. I only fear danger where I want to fear it. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#64. In the mountains our throats become free. It's a wonder we don't break into song. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#65. All that matters is that the wound fit the arrow - Author: Franz Kafka
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#66. All one wants to do is make a small, finished, polished, burnished, beautiful object ... I mean, that's all one wants to do. One has nothing to say about the world, or society, or morals or politics or anything else. One just wants to get the damn thing done, you know? Kafka had it right when he said that the artist is the man who has nothing to say. It's true. You get the thing done, but you don't actually have anything to communicate, apart from the object itself. - Author: John Banville
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#67. Life is merely terrible; I feel it as few others do. Often - and in my inmost self perhaps all the time - I doubt whether I am a human being. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#68. The Kafka paradox: art depends on truth, but truth, being indivisable, cannot know itself: to tell the truth is to lie. thus the writer is the truth, and yet when he speaks he lies. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#69. Some books seem like a key to unfamiliar rooms in one's own castle. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#70. The existence of the writer is an argument against the existence of the soul, for the soul has obviously taken flight from the real ego, but not improved itself, only become a writer. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#71. Every single day, each time I see her face, see her, it's utterly precious. - Author: Haruki Murakami
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#72. Photography concentrates one's eye on the superficial. For that reason it obscures the hidden life which glimmers through the outlines of things like a play of light and shade. One can't catch that even with the sharpest lens. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#73. Writing sustains me. But wouldn't it be better to say it sustains this kind of life? Which doesn't mean life is any better when I don't 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 don't write - which is indeed the case; and a non-writing writer is, in fact, a monster courting insanity. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#74. They linked arms with him in a way K. had never walked with anyone before - Author: Franz Kafka
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#75. The beautiful unruliness of literature is what makes it so much fun to wander through: you read Jane Austen and you say, oh, that is IT. And then you turn around and read Sterne, and you say, Man, that is IT. And then you wander across a century or so, and you run into Kafka, or Calvino, or Cortazar, and you say, well that is IT. And then you stroll through what Updike called the grottos of Ulysses, and after that you consort with Baldwin or Welty or Spencer, or Morrison, or Bellow or Fitzgerald and then back to W. Shakespeare, Esq; the champ, and all the time you feel the excitement of being in the presence of IT. And when you yourself spend the good time writing, you are not different in kind than any of these people, you are part of that miracle of human invention. So get to work. Get on with IT, no matter how difficult IT is. Every single gesture, every single stumble, every single uninspired-feeling hour, is worth IT. Richard Bausch - Author: Kathy Fish
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#76. Officials are highly educated but one-sided; in his own department an official can grasp whole trains of thought from a single word, but let him have something from another department explained to him ... he won't understand a word of it. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#77. My conception of a novel is that it ought to be a personal struggle, a direct and total engagement with the author's story of his or her own life. This conception, again, I take from Kafka, who, although he was never transformed into an insect, and although he never had a piece of food (an apple from his family's table!) lodged in his flesh and rotting there, devoted his whole life as a writer to describing his personal struggle with his family, with women, with moral law, with his Jewish heritage, with his Unconscious, with his sense of guilt, and with the modern world. Kafka's work, which grows out of the nighttime dreamworld in Kafka's brain, is *more* autobiographical than any realistic retelling of his daytime experiences at the office or with his family or with a prostitute could have been. What is fiction, after all, if not a kind of purposeful dreaming? The writer works to create a dream that is vivid and has meaning, so that the reader can then vividly dream it and experience meaning. And work like Kafka's, which seems to proceed directly from dream, is therefore an exceptionally pure form of autobiography. There's an important paradox here that I would like to stress: the greater the autobiographical content of a fiction writer's work, the *smaller* its superficial resemblance to the writer's actual life. The deeper the writer digs for meaning, the more the random particulars of the writer's life become *impediments* to deliberate dreaming. - Author: Jonathan Franzen
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#78. He who does not answer the questions has passed the test. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#79. One reads in order to ask questions - Author: Franz Kafka
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#80. I can't think of anything to write about, I'm just walking around here between the lines, under the light of your eyes, in the breadth of your mouth as in a beautiful happy day, which remains beautiful and happy, even when the head is sick and tired. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#81. I hate everything that does not relate to literature, conversations bore me (even when they relate to literature), to visit people bores me, the joys and sorrows of my relatives bore me to my soul. Conversation takes the importance, the seriousness, the truth, out of everything I think. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#82. Write to me only once a week, so that your letter arrives on Sunday - for I cannot endure your daily letters, I am incapable of enduring them. For instance, I answer one of your letters, then lie in bed in apparent calm, but my heart beats through my entire body and is conscious only of you. I belong to you - Author: Franz Kafka
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#83. It's characteristic of this judicial system that a man is condemned not only when he's innocent but also in ignorance. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#84. The anticipation of an authoritative disclosure of meaning is the means by which that authority is attributed and installed: the anticipation conjures its object. - Author: Judith Butler
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#85. When I went to Czechoslovakia under the old Communist regime one day in the '80s, I thought to myself whatever I do, whatever happens to me in Prague I'm not going to use the name Kafka, I'm just not going to do it. I won't do it; it's so easy, everyone else does, I'm not going to. I'll write the first non-Kafka mentioning piece. - Author: Christopher Hitchens
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#86. I am a cage, in search of a bird. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#87. One night a friend lent me a book of short stories by Franz Kafka. I went back to the pension where I was staying and began to read The Metamorphosis. The first line almost knocked me off the bed. I was so surprised. The first line reads, "As Gregor Samsa awoke that morning from uneasy dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect ... " When I read the line I thought to myself that I didn't know anyone was allowed to write things like that. If I had known, I would have started writing a long time ago. So I immediately started writing short stories. - Author: Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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#88. Alone -- do you know what that means? - Author: Franz Kafka
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#89. We've inherited many ideas about writing that emerged in the eighteenth century, especially an interest in literature as both an expression and an exploration of the self. This development - part of what distinguishes the "modern" from the "early modern" - has shaped the work of many of our most celebrated authors, whose personal experiences indelibly and visibly mark their writing. It's fair to say that the fiction and poetry of many of the finest writers of the past century or so - and I'm thinking here of Conrad, Proust, Lawrence, Joyce, Woolf, Kafka, Plath, Ellison, Lowell, Sexton, Roth, and Coetzee, to name but a few - have been deeply autobiographical. The link between the life and the work is one of the things we're curious about and look for when we pick up the latest book by a favorite author. - Author: James Shapiro
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#90. Even the merest gesture is holy if it is filled with faith. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#91. I read the letter once, put it aside, and read it again; I pick up a file but am really only reading your letter; I am with the typist, to whom I am supposed to dictate, and again your letter slowly slides through my fingers and I have begun to draw it out of my pocket when people ask me something and I know perfectly well I should not be thinking of your letter now, yet that thought is all that occurs to me - but after all that I am as hungry as before, as restless as before, and once again the door starts swinging merrily, as though the man with the letter were about to appear again. That is what you call the "little pleasure" your letters give me. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#92. The world is a metaphor, Kafka Tamura. - Author: Haruki Murakami
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#93. Death might appear to destroy the meaning in our lives, but in fact it is the very source of our creativity. As Kafka said, "The meaning of life is that it ends." Death is the engine that keeps us running, giving us the motivation to achieve, learn, love, and create. - Author: Caitlin Doughty
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#94. It would be very unjust to say that you deserted me, but that I was deserted, and sometimes terribly so, is true. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#95. In a way, I was safe writing - Author: Franz Kafka
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#96. Atlas was permitted the opinion that he was at liberty, if he wished, to drop the Earth and creep away; but this opinion was all that he was permitted. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#97. Everyone has his cross to bear. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#98. Before the Law stands a doorkeeper on guard. To this doorkeeper there comes a man from the country who begs for admittance to the Law. But the doorkeeper says that he cannot admit the man at the moment. The man, on reflection, asks if he will be allowed, then, to enter later. 'It is possible,' answers the doorkeeper, 'but not at this moment.' Since the door leading into the Law stands open as usual and the doorkeeper steps to one side, the man bends down to peer through the entrance. When the doorkeeper sees that, he laughs and says: 'If you are so strongly tempted, try to get in without my permission. But note that I am powerful. And I am only the lowest doorkeeper. From hall to hall keepers stand at every door, one more powerful than the other. Even the third of these has an aspect that even I cannot bear to look at.' These are difficulties which the man from the country has not expected to meet, the Law, he thinks, should be accessible to every man and at all times, but when he looks more closely at the doorkeeper in his furred robe, with his huge pointed nose and long, thin, Tartar beard, he decides that he had better wait until he gets permission to enter. The doorkeeper gives him a stool and lets him sit down at the side of the door. There he sits waiting for days and years. He makes many attempts to be allowed in and wearies the doorkeeper with his importunity. The doorkeeper often engages him in brief conversation, asking him about his home and about other matters, bu - Author: Franz Kafka
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#99. Nothing, nothing,
the whole long day, nothing. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#100. Sensual love deceives one as to the nature of heavenly love; it could not do so alone, but since it unconsciously has the element of heavenly love within it, it can do so. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#101. For now he must lie low and try, through patience and the greatest consideration, to help his family bear the inconvenience he was bound to cause them in his present condition. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#102. The old incapacity. Interrupted my writing for barely ten days and already cast out. Once again prodigious efforts stand before me. You have to dive down, as it were, and sink more rapidly than that which sinks in advance of you. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#103. Ours is a lost generation, it may be, but it is more blameless than those earlier generations. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#104. You belong to me, even if I should never see you again. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#105. Well, anyway- then came the sixth hour! It was not possible to grant every request to watch from close-up. In his wisdom, the commandant decreed that children should be given first priority. By virtue of my office, of courser, I was always nearby; often I was squatting there with a small child in either arm. How we drank in the transfigured look on the sufferer's face, how we bathed our cheeks in the warmth of that justice- achieved at long last and fading quickly. What times those were, my comrade! - Author: Franz Kafka
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#106. I can't think of any greater happiness than to be with you all the time, without interruption, endlessly, even though I feel that here in this world there's no undisturbed place for our love, neither in the village nor anywhere else; and I dream of a grave, deep and narrow, where we could clasp each other in our arms as with clamps, and I would hide my face in you and you would hide your face in me, and nobody would ever see us any more. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#107. God gives the nuts, but he does not crack them. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#108. A stair not worn hollow by footsteps is, regarded from its own point of view, only a boring something made of wood. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#109. Writing is a prayer. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#110. At the same time all the houses round about promptly took part in this silence, and so did the darkness above them, reaching as far as the stars. And the footsteps of invisible passers-by, whose course I had no wish to guess at, the wind that kept on driving against the other side of the street, the gramophone singing behind closed windows in some room - they made themselves heard in this silence, as if they had owned it for ever and ever. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#111. 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. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#112. Writing is prayer. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#113. In view of the fact that I surround myself with numbskulls now, I shall die among numbskulls, and on my deathbed shall be surrounded by numbskulls who will not understand what I am saying ... Whom am I sleeping with these days ? Franz Kafka. - Author: Patricia Highsmith
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#114. 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? - Author: Franz Kafka
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#115. 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. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#116. Even years afterward I suffered from the tormenting fancy that the huge man, my father, the ultimate authority, would come almost for no reason at all and take me out of bed in the night and carry me out onto the pavlatche, and that consequently I meant absolutely nothing as far as he was concerned. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#117. They no longer wanted to entice anyone; all they wanted was to catch a glimpse for as long as possible of the reflected glory in the great eyes of Odysseus - Author: Franz Kafka
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#118. Utterance does not in principle mean a weakening of conviction
that would not be anything to be deplored
but a weakness of conviction. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#119. I was a timid child. For all that, I am sure I was also obstinate, as children are. I am sure that Mother spoiled me too, but I cannot believe I was particularly difficult to manage; I cannot believe that a kindly word, a quiet taking by the hand, a friendly look, could not have got me to do anything that was wanted of me. Now you are, after all, basically a charitable and kindhearted person (what follows will not be in contradiction to this, I am speaking only of the impression you made on the child), but not every child has the endurance and fearlessness to go on searching until it comes to the kindliness that lies beneath the surface. You can treat a child only in the way you yourself are constituted, with vigor, noise, and hot temper, and in this case such behavior seemed to you to be also most appropriate because you wanted to bring me up to be a strong, brave boy. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#120. Not to me," I said.
Kafka wrote his first story in one night. Stendhal wrote The
Charterhouse of Parma in forty-nine days. Melville wrote Moby-
Dick in sixteen months. Flaubert spent five years on Madame
Bovary. Musil worked for eighteen years on The Man Without
Qualities and died before he could finish. Do we care about any
of that now? - Author: Paul Auster
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#121. Agreement is the best weapon of defense―and the matter would be buried. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#122. My doubts stand in a circle around every word, I see them before I see the word, but what then! I do not see the word at all, I invent it. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#123. The meaning of life is that it stops. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#124. The moment Kafka attracts more attenetion than Joseph K., Kafka's posthumous death begins. - Author: Milan Kundera
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#125. No sooner said than done - so acts your man of worth. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#126. It seems hard to remain a bachelor ... to model your appearance and behaviour on one or two bachelors remembered from your youth.
That is how it will be, only that in reality it will be you yourself standing there, today and later, with a body and a real head, and so with a brow too, to strike with your hand. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#127. Like dreams, his texts combine precise "realistic" detail with absurdity, careful observation and reasoning on the part of the protagonists with inexplicable obliviousness and carelessness. - Author: Hartmut M. Rastalsky
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#128. You, who can't do anything, think you can bring off something like that? How can you even dare to think about it? If you were capable of it, you certainly wouldn't be in need of it. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#129. Utter despair, impossible to pull myself together; Only when I have become satisfied with my sufferings can I stop. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#130. By imposing too great a responsibility, or rather, all responsibility, on yourself, you crush yourself. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#131. HOBBES:
If you don't get a goodnight kiss you get Kafka dreams. - Author: Bill Watterson
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#132. Evil is the radiation of the human consciousness in certain transitional positions. It is not actually the sensual world that is amere appearance; what is so is the evil of it, which, admittedly, is what constitutes the sensual world in our eyes. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#133. For everything outside the phenomenal world, language can only be used allusively, but never even approximately in a comparative way, since, corresponding as it does to the phenomenal world, it is concerned only with property and its relations. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#134. The more horses you yoke the quicker everything will go - not the rending of the block from its foundation, which is impossible, but the snapping of the traces and with that the gay and empty journey. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#135. Herr Kafka, essen Sie keine Eier." (As one and only piece of dialog K recalls from his meeting with Rudolf Steiner - "Mr. Kafka don't eat eggs. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#136. Every thing you love is very likely to be lost, but in the end, love will return in a different way. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#137. But all remains unchanged. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#138. What I write is different from what I say, what I say is different from what I think, what I think is different from what I ought to think and so it goes further into the deepest darkness. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#139. If you look at the literature of the 19th century, you get things like Kafka and Dostoevsky, who basically write about feeling bored and alienated. That's because we lost contact with the important things in life like work that you enjoy, or the garden, nature, your family and friends. - Author: Tom Hodgkinson
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#140. A question wells up inside me, a question so big it blocks my throat and makes it hard to breathe. Somehow I swallow it back, finally choosing another.
"Are memories such an important thing?"
"It depends," she replies, and closes her eyes. "In some cases, they're the most important thing there is. - Author: Haruki Murakami
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#141. Oh well, memories, said I. Yes, even remembering in itself is sad, yet how much more its object! Don't let yourself in for things like that, it's not for you and not for me. It only weakens one's present position without strengthening the former one - nothing is more obvious - quite apart from the fact that the former one doesn't need strengthening. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#142. The fact that our task is exactly commensurate with our life gives it the appearance of being infinite. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#143. I am a retiring, silent, unsociable, and discontent person. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#144. From the true antagonist illimitable courage is transmitted to you. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#145. Gregor, open up, I'm pleading with you.' But Gregor had absolutely no intention of opening the door and complimented himself instead on the precaution he had adopted from his business trips of locking all the doors during the night even at home. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#146. Logic is of course unshakeable, but it cannot hold out against a man who wants to live. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#147. But when at long last he had got his head out over the side of the bed, in mid-air, he became afraid of continuing in this manner, for if he were to fall like that it would take a miracle for him not to sustain a head injury. And consciousness was the last thing he wanted to lose at the present time; he would rather stay in bed. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#148. Life is astonishingly short. As I look back over it, life seems so foreshortened to me that I can hardly understand, for instance, how a young man can decide to ride over to the next village without being afraid that, quite apart from accidents, even the span of a normal life that passes happily may be totally insufficient for such a ride. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#149. Should he be advised to come home, to transplant his life and resume all the old friendships- nothing prevented this- and generally rely on the help of friends? But all this would mean to him, and the more tactfully it was put the more offensive it would be, was that his every effort had been for naught, and he should finally abandon them, that he should return home and suffer being viewed by everyone as the prodigal returned forever, that only his friends had any understanding of things, and that he was a big child who must simply listen to those friends who had remained home and been successful. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#150. He felt as if his heart had dried up. I needed her he thought. I needed someone like her to fill the void inside me. But I wasn't able to fill the void inside her. Until the bitter end, the emptiness inside her was hers alone. - Author: Haruki Murakami
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#151. How about if I sleep a little bit longer and forget all this nonsense, - Author: Franz Kafka
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#152. It was half past six and the hands were quietly moving forwards. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#153. For there stood a bowl filled with sweetened milk, in which swam tiny pieces of white bread. He almost laughed with joy, for he now had a much greater hunger than in the morning, and he immediately dipped his head almost up to and over his eyes down into the milk. But he soon drew it back again in disappointment, not just because it was difficult for him to eat on account of his delicate left side (he could eat only if his entire panting body worked in a coordinated way), but also because the milk, which otherwise was his favorite drink and which his sister had certainly placed there for that reason, did not appeal to him at all. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#154. Believing means liberating the indestructible element in oneself, or, more accurately, liberating oneself, or, more accurately, being indestructible, or, more accurately, being. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#155. Lying in my heap of Earth I can naturally dream of all sorts of things, even of an understanding with the beast, though I know well enough that no such thing can happen, and at the moment when we see each other, more, at that at the instant we merely guess at each other's presence, we shall both blindly bare our claws and teeth, neither of us a second before or after the other, both of us filled with a new and different hunger, even if we should already be gorged to bursting. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#156. Self-control is something for which I do not strive. Self-control means wanting to be effective at some random point in the infinite radiations of my spiritual existence. But if I do have to draw such circles round myself, then it will be better for me to do it passively, in mere wonderment and gaping at the tremendous complex, taking home with me only the refreshment that this sight gives e contrario. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#157. What do I have in common with Jews? I hardly have anything in common with myself, and really ought to go stand myself perfectly still in a corner, grateful to be able to breathe. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#158. In Kafka's story "Wedding Preparations in the Country," Edward Raban fantasizes about splitting into two forms: one, to remain in bed all day, dreaming; the other, to go forth and conduct the business of the world. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#159. But now you must give me your hand, an agreement of this sort needs to be confirmed with a handshake. Will she shake hands with me? - Author: Franz Kafka
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#160. I did my dissertation on Kafka. - Author: Jessie Ware
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#161. You once said you would like to sit beside me while I write. Listen, in that case I could not write (I can't do much, anyway), but in that case I could not write at all. For writing means revealing oneself to excess; that utmost of selfrevelation and surrender, in which a human being, when involved with others, would feel he was losing himself, and from which, therefore, he will always shrink as long as he is in his right mind - for everyone wants to live as long as he is alive - even that degree of selfrevelation and surrender is not enough for writing. Writing that springs from the surface of existence - when there is no other way and the deeper wells have dried up - is nothing, and collapses the moment a truer emotion makes that surface shake. This is why one can never be alone enough when one writes, why there can never be enough silence around one when one writes, why even night is not night enough. This is why there is never enough time at one's disposal, for the roads are long and it is easy to go astray, there are even times when one becomes afraid and has the desire - even without any constraint or enticement - to run back (a desire always severely punished later on), how much more so if one were suddenly to receive a kiss from the most beloved lips! I have often thought that the best mode of life for me would be to sit in the innermost room of a spacious locked cellar with my writing things and a lamp. Food would be brought and always put down far away from my roo - Author: Franz Kafka
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#162. Once again I have told you so little, and have asked no questions, and once again I must close. But not a single answer and, even more certainly, not a single question shall be lost. There exists some kind of sorcery by which two people, without seeing each other, without talking to each other, can at least discover the greater part about each other's past, literally in a flash, without having to tell each other all and everything; but this, after all, is almost an instrument of Black Magic (without seeming to be) which, although never without reward, one would certainly never resort to with impunity. Therefore I won't say it, unless you guess it first. It is terribly short, like all magic formulas. Farewell, and let me reinforce this greeting by lingering over your hand.
Yours, Franz K. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#163. But metaphors can reduce the distance." "We're not metaphors." "I know, but metaphors eliminates what separates you and me. - Author: Haruki Murakami
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#164. How are we to avoid those in office becoming deeply corrupt when everything is devoid of meaning? - Author: Franz Kafka
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#165. It is said Somerset Maugham traveled the world with a notebook to learn the essence of life and Kafka sat in a room for the same objective. Yet Kafka came out with a better world-view. - Author: U.R. Ananthamurthy
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#166. For when one is about to embark on some enterprise, it is precisely the books whose contents have nothing at all in common with the enterprise that are the most useful. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#167. Kafka is not interested in documenting the manners and mores of any particular place; he is not interested in probing the psyche of individual characters. - Author: John Kessel
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#168. Uncertainty, aridity, peace-all things will resolve themselves into these and pass away. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#169. My call, you say? Like I really had any choice whenever you say something like that! - Author: Kafka Asagiri
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#170. People label themselves with all sorts of adjectives. I can only pronounce myself as 'nauseatingly miserable beyond repair'. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#171. Like tired dogs they stand there,
because they use up all their strength
in remaining upright in one's memory. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#172. Now I can look at you in peace; I don't eat you any more. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#173. Judgement does not come suddenly; the proceedings gradually merge into the judgement. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#174. In me, by myself, without human relationship, there are no visible lies. The limited circle is pure. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#175. Depending on the contemporary mood, Orwell oscillates from Saint George to George the Seer to George the Sage. What other thinker has been both so fervidly claimed and derided by both the left and right? Who else except Kafka do we credit with having seen the sinister future? When the NSA spying scandal broke in June, Amazon sales of Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four vaulted more than 6000 percent. The connection of Big Brother with the NSA might have been hysterical and spurious, but it was also testament to our sentimental, kneejerk affection for Orwell, to the fact that he remains the default scribe whenever our paranoia is fondled by the ominous machinations of realpolitik. The utter clarity and goodness of his intellect seem something of a miracle when one considers how many of his fellow writers botched the most pressing moral and political tests of their time. He could smell bullshit and blood a continent away: When a passel of leftist intellectuals was hailing the Soviet Union as humankind's only hope, Orwell was persistent in pointing out that Stalin was a monocratic lunatic. - Author: William Giraldi
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#176. 16 February. Can't see my way clear. As though everything I possessed had escaped me, and as though it would hardly satisfy me if it all returned. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#177. The three of them knew it. She was Kafka's mistress. Kafka had dreamt her. The three of them knew it. He was Kafka's friend. Kafka had dreamt him. The three of them knew it. The woman said to the friend, Tonight I want you to have me. The three of them knew it. The man replied: If we sin, Kafka will stop dreaming us. One of them knew it. There was no longer anyone on earth. Kafka said to himself Now the two of them have gone, I'm left alone. I'll stop dreaming myself. - Author: Jorge Luis Borges
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#178. A book must be an ice-axe to break the seas frozen inside our soul. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#179. Marrying, founding a family, accepting all the children that come, supporting them in this insecure world, and perhaps even guiding them a little, is, I am convinced, the utmost a human being can succeed in doing at all. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#180. If they were shocked, then Gregor had no further responsibility and could be calm. But if they took everything calmly, he he, too, had no reason to get excited and could, if he hurried, actually be at the station by eight o'clock. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#181. Written kisses never arrive at their destination; the ghosts drink them up along the way. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#182. Yur Karyakin once wrote: 'We should not judge a man's life by his perception of himself. Such a perception may be tragically inadequate.' And I read something in Kafka to the effect that man was irretrievably lost within himself. - Author: Svetlana Alexievich
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#183. Kafka: cries of helplessness in twenty powerful volumes. - Author: Mason Cooley
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#184. If I didn't hold back for my parents' sake, I would've quit ages ago. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#185. The founder brought the laws from the lawgiver; the faithful are meant to announce the laws to the lawgiver. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#186. You can hold back from the suffering of the world, you have permission to do so, and it is in accordance with your nature. But perhaps this very holding back is the one suffering that you could have avoided. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#187. Nobody else could have got in this way, as this entrance was meant only for you. Now I'll go and close it'." "So - Author: Franz Kafka
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#188. The books we need are the kind that act upon us like a misfortune, that make us suffer like the death of someone we love more than ourselves, that make us feel as though we were on the verge of suicide, or lost in a forest remote from all human habitation-a book should serve as an axe for the frozen sea within us. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#189. Guilt is never to be doubted. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#190. I do hang out with girls, I do relax. But I am a hermit sometimes and get a bit too introverted, too 'Jean-Paul Sartre' and intellectual in my head. And it's like a Kafka novel in there, things get nuts. Then I have to remind myself to get out and I will go and play ice hockey with my friends. - Author: Josh Peck
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#191. Then, at the last moment, I am forced to admit to myself that I was right after all,
and that it was really impossible to go down into the burrow without exposing the
thing I love best, for a little while at least, to all my enemies, on the ground, in the
trees, in the air. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#192. Nash's lifelong quest for meaning, control, and recognition in the context of a continuing struggle, not just in society, but in the warring impulses of his paradoxical self, was now reduced to a caricature. Just as the overconcreteness of a dream is related to the intangible themes of waking life, Nash's search for a piece of paper, a carte d'identité, mirrored his former pursuit of mathematical insights. Yet the gulf between the two recognizably related Nashes was as great as that between Kafka, the controlling creative genius, struggling between the demands of his self-chosen vocation and ordinary life, and K, a caricature of Kafka, the helpless seeker of a piece of paper that will validate his existence, rights, and duties. Delusion is not just fantasy but compulsion. Survival, both of the self and the world, appears to be at stake. Where once he had ordered his thoughts and modulated them, he was now subject to their peremptory and insistent commands. - Author: Sylvia Nasar
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#193. Most animals are like the unfortunate Gregor Samsa after metamorphosis. They are Kafka-creatures, organisms with rich thoughts and emotions but no system for translating what they think into something that they can express to others. - Author: Marc Hauser
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#194. I lack nothing. I only needed myself. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#195. Why was Gregor the only one condemned to work in a firm where, at the slightest lapse, someone immediately attracted the greatest suspicion? - Author: Franz Kafka
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#196. Testifying for Dr. Privitera ... To these 19 cancer victims, the enforcement of (California) Health and Safety Code Sect. 1701.1, the denial of them medical treatment, albeit unorthodox, albeit unapproved by a state agency, must surely take on a Kafka-esque, a nightmare quality. No demonstrated public anger, no compelling interest of the state warrants an Orwellian intrusion into the most private of zones of privacy. - Author: Rose Bird
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#197. (...) when I try to write down something like the following, the swords whose points surround me in a circle, begin slowly to approach the body, it's the most complete torture; when they begin to graze me, I don't mean pierce, when they merely begin to graze me it's already so terrible that I immediately, at the first scream, betray you, myself, everything. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#198. Every one of us has a bad conscience, which he tries to escape by going to sleep as quickly as possible. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#199. It is only because of their stupidity that they are able to be so sure of themselves. - Author: Franz Kafka
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#200. 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. - Author: Franz Kafka
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