Best quotes by the Austrian Novelist Franz Kafka

Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.
  • beauty

I have the true feeling of myself only when I am unbearably unhappy.
  • Identity

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

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



My guiding principle is this: Guilt is never to be doubted.
  • Judging

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

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

If I shall exist eternally, how shall I exist tomorrow?
  • eternally

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

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

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

All language is but a poor translation.
  • language

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.
  • alone

Evil is whatever distracts.
  • distracts

A belief is like a guillotine, just as heavy, just as light.
  • Belief

Association with human beings lures one into self-observation.
  • association

Not everyone can see the truth, but he can be it.
  • everyone

L'éternité, c'est long ... surtout vers la fin.
  • eternity

Now I can look at you in peace; I don't eat you any more.
  • fish

Writing is utter solitude, the descent into the cold abyss of oneself.
  • introspection

In theory there is a possibility of perfect happiness: To believe in the indestructible element within one, and not to strive towards it.
  • Happiness

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.
  • Poetry

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

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.
  • avail

A book should serve as the ax for the frozen sea within us.
  • book

A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.
  • books

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.
  • Education

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.
  • Experience

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.
  • Humanity

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.
  • Imagination


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L'éternité, c'est long ... surtout vers la fin.
  • eternity

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.
  • Life

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.
  • eaten

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.
  • consists

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Writing is utter solitude, the descent into the cold abyss of oneself.
  • introspection

Writer speaks a stench.
  • writing

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

A book should serve as the ax for the frozen sea within us.
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A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us.
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A book should serve as the ax for the frozen sea within us.
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A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us.
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A book should serve as the ax for the frozen sea within us.
  • book

A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.
  • books

Books are a narcotic.
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Human judgment of human actions is true and void , that is to say, first true and then void.... The judgment of the word is true, the judgment in itself is void.... Only he who is a party can really judge, but as a party he cannot judge. Hence it follows that there is no possibility of judgment in the world, only a glimmer of it.
  • Judging

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.
  • Life

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

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.
  • Rejection



For words are magical formulae. They leave finger marks be hind on the brain, which in the twinkling of an eye become the footprints of history. One ought to watch one' s every word.
  • Words

The relationship to one's fellow man is the relationship of prayer, the relationship to oneself is the relationship of striving; it is from prayer that one draws the strength for one's striving.
  • draws

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.
  • compared

The decisive moment in human evolution is perpetual. That is why the revolutionary spiritual movements that declare all former things worthless are in the right, for nothing has yet happened.
  • decisive

Let me remind you of the old maxim: people under suspicion are better moving than at rest, since at rest they may be sitting in the balance without knowing it, being weighed together with their sins.
  • balance

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.
  • eaten

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.
  • besides

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

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

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.
  • being

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.
  • consists

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

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

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.
  • alcohol

Writer speaks a stench.
  • writing

Atata timp cat nu incetezi s urci, treptele nu se vOr termina; sub pasii tai care urca, ele se vOr inmulti la nesfarsit
  • true

As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect.
  • cockroaches

Herr Kafka, essen Sie keine Eier. (As one and only piece of dialog K recalls from his meeting with Rudolf Steiner - Mr. Kafka don't eat eggs.
  • criticism

Books are a narcotic.
  • books

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.
  • writing


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