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The fact that our task is exactly commensurate with
by Franz Kafka

The fact that our task is exactly commensurate with
our life gives it the appearance of being infinite.
- Franz Kafka

So long as you have food in your mouth,
you have solved all questions for the time being.
- Franz Kafka

Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty, never grows old.
- Franz Kafka

Religions get lost as people do.
- Franz Kafka

 

My "fear" is my substance, and probably the best part of me.
- Franz Kafka

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

If I shall exist eternally, how shall I exist tomorrow?
- Franz Kafka

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

May I kiss you then? On this miserable paper? I might
as well open the window and kiss the night air.
- Franz Kafka

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.
- Franz Kafka

Heaven is dumb, echoing only the dumb.
- Franz Kafka

Don Quixote's misfortune is not his imagination,
but Sancho Panza.
- Franz Kafka

God gives the nuts, but he does not crack them.
- Franz Kafka

Dread of night.
Dread of not-night.
- Franz Kafka

A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us.
- Franz Kafka

I have the true feeling of myself only when I am unbearably unhappy.
- Franz Kafka

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

By believing passionately in something that still does not exist,
we create it.
The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.
- Franz Kafka

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

Idleness is the beginning of all vice,
the crown of all virtues.
- Franz Kafka

It is comforting to reflect that the disproportion
of things in the world seems to be only arithmetical.
- Franz Kafka

He who seeks does not find, but he who does not seek will be found.
- 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

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.
- Franz Kafka

It is often safer to be in chains than to be free.
- 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

How can one take delight in the world unless one flees to it for refuge?
- Franz Kafka

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

Writers speak stench.
- Franz Kafka

Test yourself on mankind.
It is something that makes the doubter doubt,
the believer believe.
- Franz Kafka

Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only
the slime of a new bureaucracy.
- Franz Kafka

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

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

One of the first signs of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die.
- Franz Kafka

The mediation by the serpent was necessary.
Evil can seduce man, but cannot become man.
- Franz Kafka

Evil is whatever distracts.
- Franz Kafka

Tyranny or slavery, born of selfishness,
are the two educational methods of parents;
all gradations of tyranny or slavery.
- Franz Kafka

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

The history of mankind is the instant between two strides taken by a traveler.
- Franz Kafka

A stair not worn hollow by footsteps is,
regarded from its own point of view,
only a boring something made of wood.
- Franz Kafka

One tells as few lies as possible only by telling as few lies as possible,
and not by having the least possible opportunity to do so.
- Franz Kafka

In the fight between you and the world,
back the world.
- Franz Kafka

In argument similes are like songs in love;
they describe much,
but prove nothing.
- Franz Kafka

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.
- Franz Kafka

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

The Bible is a sanctum; the world, sputum.
- Franz Kafka

We all have wings, but they have not been of any avail
to us and if we could tear them off,
we would do so.
- Franz Kafka

Not everyone can see the truth, but he can be it.
- Franz Kafka

One must not cheat anyone, not even the world of its victory.
- Franz Kafka

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

Association with human beings lures one into self-observation.
- Franz Kafka

Suffering is the positive element in this world,
indeed it is the only link between this world and the positive.
- Franz Kafka

There are only two things.
Truth and lies.
Truth is indivisible, hence it cannot recognize itself;
anyone who wants to recognize it has to be a lie.
- Franz Kafka

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

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

By imposing too great a responsibility,
or rather, all responsibility, on yourself,
you crush yourself.
- Franz Kafka

In a certain sense the Good is comfortless.
- Franz Kafka

Don't despair, not even over the fact that you don't despair.
- Franz Kafka

Martyrs do not underrate the body, they allow it to
be elevated on the cross.
In this they are at one with their antagonists.
- Franz Kafka

Believing in progress does not mean believing that
any progress has yet been made.
- Franz Kafka

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.
- Franz Kafka

Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable.
- Franz Kafka

Productivity is being able to do things that you were never able to do before.
- Franz Kafka

A book should serve as the ax for the frozen sea within us.
- Franz Kafka

A first sign of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die.
- Franz Kafka

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

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

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

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

If it had been possible to build the Tower of Babel without climbing it,
it would have been permitted.
- Franz Kafka

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.
- Franz Kafka


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