Some of Franz Kafka Quotes:

 

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

2. A man of action forced into a state of thought is unhappy until he can get out of it.

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

4. 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.

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

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

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

7. Evil is whatever distracts.  

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

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

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

11. In argument similes are like songs in love; they describe much, but prove nothing.

12. In the fight between you and the world, back the world.

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

14. 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.

15. It is your people who make the ultimate difference. You put the investment into training the people and then, when you get invited to the party with the big boys, that is a unique selling point.

16. 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.  

17. May I kiss you then? On this miserable paper? I might as well open the

window and kiss the night air.

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

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

20. 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.

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

22. Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable.

23. 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.

24. We are sinful not merely because we have eaten of the tree of knowledge, but also because we have not eaten of the tree of life.  

25. 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.

26. 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.

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

28.A book must be an ice-axe to break the seas frozen inside our soul.

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

 

 

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