Authors The Best Franz Kafka Quotes  

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A list of the best Franz Kafka quotes. This list is arranged by which famous Franz Kafka quotes have received the most votes, so only the greatest Franz Kafka quotes are at the top of the list. All the most popular quotes from Franz Kafka should be listed here, but if any were missed you can add more at the end of the list. This list includes notable Franz Kafka quotes on various subjects, many of which are inspirational and thought provoking.

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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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A belief is like a guillotine, just as heavy, just as light. Franz Kafka

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In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it's the exact opposite. 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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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

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

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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

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I can prove at any time that my education tried to make another person out of me than the one I became. It is for the harm, therefore, that my educators could have done me in accordance with their intentions that I reproach them; I demand from their hands the person I now am, and since they cannot give him to me, I make of my reproach and laughter a drumbeat sounding in the world beyond. Franz Kafka

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

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Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy. 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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My guiding principle is this: Guilt is never to be doubted. 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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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

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

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All human errors are impatience, a premature breaking off of methodical procedure, an apparent fencing-in of what is apparently at issue. Franz Kafka

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michaelj72 added I do not read advertisements. I would spend all of my time wanting things.

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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. Franz Kafka

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michaelj72 added Association with human beings lures one into self-observation.

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michaelj72 added Religions get lost as people do.

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michaelj72 added Someone must have been telling lies about Joseph K., for without having done anything wrong he was arrested one fine morning. His landlady's cook, who always brought him his breakfast at eight o'clock, failed to appear on this occasion. That had never happened before.

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michaelj72 added Man cannot live without a permanent trust in something indestructible in himself, though both the indestructible element and the trust may remain permanently hidden from him. One of the ways in which this hiddenness can express itself is through faith in a personal god.

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michaelj72 added There are two main human sins from which all the others derive: impatience and indolence.