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    Anyone who cannot come to terms with his life while he is alive needs one hand to ward off a little his despair over his fate... but with his other hand he can note down what he sees among the ruins.
    — Franz Kafka
    tags: fate  despair 
     
    If I shall exist eternally, how shall I exist tomorrow?
    — Franz Kafka
    A book should serve as the ax for the frozen sea within us.
    — Franz Kafka
    tags: book 
     
    How can one take delight in the world unless one flees to it for refuge?
    — Franz Kafka
    tags: world 
     
    May I kiss you then? On this miserable paper? I might as well open the window and kiss the night air.
    — Franz Kafka
    tags: night  kiss 
     
    It is not necessary that you leave the house. Remain at your table and listen. Do not even listen, only wait. Do not even wait, be wholly still and alone. The world will present itself to you for its unmasking, it can do no other, in ecstasy it will writhe at your feet.
    — Franz Kafka
    tags: present  world  alone 
     
    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
    tags: soul  birth 
     
    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
    tags: earth  opinion  liberty 
     
    One of the first signs of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die.
    — Franz Kafka
    Isolation is a way to know ourselves.
    — Franz Kafka
    From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached.
    — Franz Kafka
    Most men are not wicked... They are sleep-walkers, not evil evildoers.
    — Franz Kafka
    tags: evil  men 
     
    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.
    — Franz Kafka
    tags: happiness  time  world  dreams 
     
    The purpose of a story is to be an axe that breaks up the ice within us.
    — Franz Kafka
    tags: stories 
     
    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
    tags: world  choice 
     
    I usually solve problems by letting them devour me.
    — Franz Kafka
    tags: problem 
     
    Just because your doctor has a name for your condition, doesn't mean he knows what it is.
    — Franz Kafka
    tags: doctor 
     
    I am a cage, in search of a bird.
    — Franz Kafka
    The truth is always an abyss. One must - as in a swimming pool - dare to dive from the quivering springboard of trivial everyday experience and sink into the depths, in order to later rise again - laughing and fighting for breath - to the now doubly illuminated surface of things.
    — Franz Kafka
    People label themselves with all sorts of adjectives. I can only pronounce myself as 'nauseatingly miserable beyond repair'.
    — Franz Kafka
    tags: people 
     
    I never wish to be easily defined. I'd rather float over other people's minds as something strictly fluid and non-perceivable; more like a transparent, paradoxically iridescent creature rather than an actual person.
    — Franz Kafka
    tags: people  wishes  mind 
     
    Every thing that you love, you will eventually lose, but in the end, love will return in a different form.
    — Franz Kafka
    Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable.
    — Franz Kafka
    tags: right 
     
    Simply wait, be quiet, still The world will freely offer itself to you.
    — Franz Kafka
    tags: world 
     
    By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.
    — 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
    tags: darkness  write 
     
    First impressions are always unreliable.
    — Franz Kafka
    Don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical; don't edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.
    — Franz Kafka
    tags: fashion  soul  water 
     
    In a way, you are poetry material; You are full of cloudy subtleties I am willing to spend a lifetime figuring out. Words burst in your essence and you carry their dust in the pores of your ethereal individuality.
    — Franz Kafka
    If you find someone who makes you smile, who checks up on you often to see if you're okay. Who watches out or you and wants the best for you. Who loves and respects you. Don't let them go. People like that are hard to find.
    — Franz Kafka
    tags: people  respect  smile 
     
    A book must be an ice-axe to break the seas frozen inside our soul.
    — Franz Kafka
    tags: soul  book 
     
    You can hold yourself back from the sufferings of the world, that is something you are free to do and it accords with your nature, but perhaps this very holding back is the one suffering you could avoid.
    — Franz Kafka
    tags: nature  world  suffering 
     
    Please - consider me a dream.
    — Franz Kafka
    tags: dreams 
     
    Kill me, or you are a murderer.
    — Franz Kafka
    I do not read advertisements. I would spend all of my time wanting things.
    — Franz Kafka
    tags: time  read 
     
    Torment yourself as little as possible, then you'll torment me less.
    — Franz Kafka
    I no longer know If I wish to drown myself in love, vodka or the sea.
    — Franz Kafka
    tags: wishes 
     
    The truth is always an abyss.
    — Franz Kafka
    tags: truth 
     
    Writing is a deeper sleep than death. Just as one wouldn't pull a corpse from its grave, I can't be dragged from my desk at night.
    — Franz Kafka
    tags: death  sleep  night  writing 
     
    If you become involved with me, you will be throwing yourself into the abyss.
    — Franz Kafka
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    franz kafka
    Birth    : July 3, 1883
    Death  : June 3, 1924
    Occupation  : Writer