Quotes by 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. Franz Kafka

I have the true feeling of myself only when I am unbearably unhappy. Franz Kafka

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

My guiding principle is this: Guilt is never to be doubted. Franz Kafka

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

If I shall exist eternally, how shall I exist tomorrow? Franz Kafka

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

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

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

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

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. Franz Kafka

All language is but a poor translation. Franz Kafka

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

Association with human beings lures one into self-observation. Franz Kafka

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

Evil is whatever distracts. Franz Kafka

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

Writing is utter solitude, the descent into the cold abyss of oneself. Franz Kafka

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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