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Type: Poet
Nationality: Austrian
Date of Birth: 07/03/1883




 

Franz Kafka Quotes

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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.
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A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us.
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In the fight between you and the world, back the world.
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Suffering is the positive element in this world, indeed it is the only link between this world and the positive.
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Productivity is being able to do things that you were never able to do before.
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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.
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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.
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There is nothing besides a spiritual world; what we call the world of the senses is the Evil in the spiritual world, and what we call Evil is only the necessity of a moment in our eternal evolution.
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In argument similes are like songs in love; they describe much, but prove nothing.
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I have the true feeling of myself only when I am unbearably unhappy.
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Hiding places there are innumerable, escape is only one, but possibilities of escape, again, are as many as hiding places.
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Evil is whatever distracts.
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The spirit becomes free only when it ceases to be a support.
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Always first draw fresh breath after outbursts of vanity and complacency.
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A first sign of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die.
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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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One of the first signs of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die.
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How can one take delight in the world unless one flees to it for refuge?
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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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The thornbush is the old obstacle in the road. It must catch fire if you want to go further.
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Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable.
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God gives the nuts, but he does not crack them.
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My peers, lately, have found companionship through means of intoxication - it makes them sociable. I, however, cannot force myself to use drugs to cheat on my loneliness - it is all that I have - and when the drugs and alcohol dissipate, will be all that my peers have as well.
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My "fear" is my substance, and probably the best part of me.
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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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