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Quotes by Franz Kafka


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

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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.

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

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Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable.

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Evil is whatever distracts.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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

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May I kiss you then

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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.

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Dread of night. Dread of not-night.

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We are sinful not only because we have eaten of the Tree of Knowledge, but also because we have not yet eaten of the Tree of Life. The state in which we are is sinful, irrespective of guilt.

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

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

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

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Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.

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